Monday, March 15, 2010

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Kids love chicken nuggets. I don't know why. They're so bad for you--all processed and everything. Well, here's a homemade chicken nugget recipe you and your kids are going to love.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2 inch size pieces. In a medium bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Mix well. Put melted butter in a bowl for dipping. Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter first, then coat with the bread crumb mixture. Place coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake at 400 for 2o minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over on other side and bake for 5 more minutes.

**To make this lower in fat content, dip chicken in a beaten egg rather than butter. You can also dip in skim milk if you'd rather. Another tip for getting the nuggets crispy on both sides is to bake them on a cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet (this way you don't have to turn chicken nuggets on other side). I'll have to try this next time I make these delicious homemade chicken nuggets.

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