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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GOODe GOODeNESS: Homemade Chicken Nuggets


One of my favorite FREEZE-quel recipes is our Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

I got the idea for them when I was flipping through the Bookazine I won a few weeks ago ;)

I was so excited to get this little bundle in the mail...


I just heart mail... especially when it has little handwritten notes in it (and not bills ;) ).


Anyhoo, there was this lovely recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Strips and it gots me to thinkin'...


Miss Add hearts "chickey nuggets" with all her heart. So, I thought that I could try altering this idea to make my own frozen chicken nuggets from chicken breasts--instead of buying the pre-made ones at the store.

So, during the FREEZE-quel I asked Aunt Lou to cut-up a couple bags of chicken breasts.


Don't let her smile fool you... She assured me this was hard work and involved getting a blister on her thumb... Poor Aunt Lou :(


But boy, oh boy did she do a GOODe job!


I then took her cut up "nuggets" and coated them in a little egg.


I then took some Panko bread crumbs, grated Parm *swoon* and some Lawry's Seasoned Salt and threw them in a bag to coat the lil' suckers.

I sprayed the pan with Pam and the nuggets got a spritz of Pam as well.

I baked them at 350 until they were cooked through (15-20 minutes).


Best. Nuggets. Ever.

I then bagged them up and froze them up.


To warm 'em back up, I just tossed 'em in a pan and baked until warmed through...

Mom tested.

Add approved!

I heart this recipe.

I can feel great about Add mauwin' down on chicken breast and she loves them. No chicken nugget guilt, plus freeze ahead convenience and it cuts my nugget budget by 1/3. Mommy score!

I have to tell ya, I cannot wait until this summer. I have found a way around my two brown thumbs, and plan to be a freezin' up lots of garden fresh produce this summer... for many more feel good meals ;)

Details on what I have cooked up for this summer will come later, but now I have some super serious hint dropping to do for an upcoming...ahem... holiday...

This hint is for a certain husband of mine and his lovely daughter...

This mama is super excited about afore mentioned project and the below mentioned... ahem... "tools" would be very helpful to a certain mama--near and dear to your heart ;)... Just sayin'

Hint, hint



Wink, wink

6 GOODe Thoughts:

Hi Cris!
Looks delicious! I've made chicken strips and froze before, and boy do they come in handy. Delicious for chicken-ranch salad :)
Last fall, our family did tons of canning! We bottled over 500 bottles of garden goodness. I love canning and I hope that you get to can a ton!!! Have a happy day!

mmmm...were they still crunchy afterwards? I'm going to try it with turkey. :)

(What would I do if someone posted a recipe that I could sub for turkey? lol)

Kerin-- I am so excited!

Katie-- Very crunchy :)

Hey, there's our note...and our books! Thanks for all the Gooseberry love, Cris. Those chickey nuggets look delish AND they're approved by a toddler? SOLD. :)

Following from The Creative Girl's New Friend Friday.

Stop by and enter a giveaway for a Rachael Ray Bakeware set:
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Following from The Creative Girl's New Friend Friday.

Stop by and enter a giveaway for a Rachael Ray Bakeware set:
http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com/2010/04/do-you-know-about-family-of-csn-stores.html

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