Friday, February 17, 2012

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

My kids are extremely picky eaters!  Well, Miss M is anyway.  Little Guy isn’t nearly as picky as she is, though he thinks it’s “cool” to be like her and say he doesn’t like things that he’ll typically eat.

I rarely buy chicken nuggets to eat at home.  I’m too cheap.  But I rarely take the time to make something elaborate for lunch either.

Today, however, the kids were antsy and I thought an engaging activity was in order!  What better than an activity that also provides lunch?

What you need:

  • 3-4 chicken tenders, thawed and cut into small pieces

  • about 1/2 cup flour

  • seasonings of choice

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • about 1/2 cup Ritz cracker crumbs

Miss M decided on our seasonings: salt, pepper, and garlic powder; I used about 1 t. each.  I would have used a combo of cracker crumbs and crushed corn flakes if I’d had any!  Next time I might add some corn meal in with the crackers, yum!  (Incidentally, store brand “Ritz” crackers are *not* the same as the real thing!  Just so ya know.)

Then I dared to let my 5- and 2-year-olds handle raw meat and eggs.  Not something I typically do!  You can bet I watched them like a hawk and squawked just as loud should a finger so much as move toward a mouth!  Thankfully, neither of them were very “mouthy” as babies and there was no incident.

And yes, I use my round cake pan quite a lot for things other than cake!  It makes phenomenal cinnamon rolls, but I digress…  I threw our homemade nuggets in the oven at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes with some French fries.  Serve it up with some apple sauce and cottage cheese; and guess what!  They ate it!

Even Miss M gave it two thumbs up!


  1. Store-bought chicken nuggets don't EVEN taste half as good as homemade, do they? I just love making them with almond flour (something I'm intolerant of now, but I sure used to enjoy them). It never occurred to me to have the kids help, though. I bet they loved it!

  2. Will have to try this with Ritz! Nice!! :D

    1. We've done it several more times and it really is fun and very tasty!

  3. I made it (without help) and it was a great hit. Hoping it freezes well. Thanks for the recipe. My daughter has digestive issues and can't tolerate soy/milk, so this is a great milk free alternative to store bought nuggets with milk (as fillers).

    1. So glad you made it and it was a hit! You'll have to let us know if freezing it works…I never even thought about it!