Favorite Kid Foods
Just about every kid I know likes to eat chicken nuggets. Mine are no different. If you ask my kids what they’d like to eat for lunch or dinner, chicken nuggets rank at the top of their list along with pizza, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and PB & J sandwiches.
I’ve been buying those dinosaur chicken nuggets from Super Target because they are quick and easy to make; all the while thinking it would be better for my kids if I took the time to make chicken nuggets for them at home instead.
My sister served up some homemade chicken nuggets last summer when we visited her family in Illinois. Everyone seemed to like them a lot. I asked for her recipe. She said she doesn’t really use a recipe. She just follows a few simple directions and uses whatever she has on hand in her pantry: Mulit-Grain Cheerios, Rye Krisp Crackers, croutons…
Making the Easy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
First, I crushed the Herb-Seasoned Croutons up in a shallow dish with my meat tenderizer, although using your food processor may work just as well. (Don’t have either of those? Try double-wrapping the croutons in Ziploc and brown paper bags. Then put on a pair of shoes and step on them. It works great! I even let my kids help with the job!)
Then I added a little grated Parmesan cheese and some parsley flakes to the crouton crumbs.
As I was slicing the chicken breasts into thin pieces and preparing to coat them with the Herb-Seasoned Croutons mixture, Kayli wandered into the kitchen and asked what I was making. When I told her I was baking some easy homemade chicken nuggets for dinner she said, “Mom, I’m sorry if this hurts your feelings, but I don’t like homemade chicken nuggets. Can I just have the other kind?” I didn’t respond. I just kept slicing the chicken and praying that they were going to turn out okay.
When I finished slicing the chicken, I dipped the pieces in milk and then egg whites before coating them with the breading mixture.
Finally, I spread the homemade chicken nuggets on a greased cookie sheet, spritzed them with a bit of olive oil and popped them in the oven to bake.
I was minutes away from a yummy (I hoped??) alternative to the frozen chicken nuggets the kids like for me to buy so much at the store.
Perfect (or not-so perfect) Easy Homemade Chicken Nugget Pictures
The kids could smell the chicken nuggets baking in the oven. Stephanie came to investigate. She pretty quickly informed me that she wanted to eat them as soon as they were done baking; then ran off to play.
When the chicken nuggets were done, I snuck them out of the oven and onto the plate to take pictures for this post. Stephanie came strolling into the kitchen while I was photographing them and… let’s just say I had a hard time keeping her little hands out of the picture. In hindsight, I should have just captured her trying to swipe them right off the plate instead. It probably would have been cute!
The Final Verdict
When I finally relented and let Stephanie eat one of the homemade chicken nuggets, she practically inhaled it. She grabbed another and another. I was shocked that she ate so many considering she had been grazing all afternoon. I said, “Wow, Stephie, you must have been hungry!”
Her response, “No, these just taste really good!”
I called Kayli up to the kitchen and asked her to taste test for me. She scrunched up her nose, took a bite and didn’t say anything. She took another bite and then another. Finally I asked, “So, what do you think?”
She said, “My thumb says it all!” She was giving me the thumbs up.
I said, “So they taste that good, huh?”
She replied, “Yes! Mom, these taste just like the ones we buy in the store!”
Hmmm, I wasn’t sure what to do with that comment. While talking to Peter about it later he said, “You have to consider who it’s coming from. If an adult said that to you, it probably wouldn’t be a compliment. However, coming from a kid, it most definitely is one.” I’m inclined to agree.
So there you have it. These easy homemade chicken nuggets are kid-tested and Mom-approved! Make some Herb-Seasoned Croutons at your house and give this recipe a try for yourself. Let me know what your kids think! Don’t forget to share this recipe with others you know. You can do that with one of the social media buttons below. And, if you subscribe to Practical MOMents, you’ll get e-mail updates to your inbox each time I publish a new post. It’s free!
- 2 chicken breasts, sliced into THIN pieces *NOTE: We slice ours when the chicken breasts are still partially frozen. They are easier to cut.
- 2 cups herb-seasoned croutons, crushed
- ¼ cup skim milk
- ¼ cup egg whites
- 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease cookie sheet.
- Add the parmesan cheese and parsley to the crouton mixture.
- Dip pieces of chicken first in the milk, next in the egg white, and then in the crouton mixture. *NOTE: I pressed the crouton mixture onto the chicken pieces a little to be sure they were completely coated.
- Arrange the chicken nuggets on the cookie sheet and lightly spritz with olive oil.
- Bake about 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the crouton mixture is golden brown.