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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baked Chicken Nuggets (Step by Step Pics) | Kids Special

Do your kids love chicken nuggets?? I know many of them do,they are pretty addictive.Though not on a regular basis,but kids do demand for these often.I used to feed kids both the frozen and fresh nuggets too at times.When Cherie posted this recipe in her space long back,I bookmarked it right away.The recipe is taken from Australian weekly recipes.I watched this video about Jamie Oliver's food revolution which made me feel sick thinking that I was feeding all junk food to them.I tried this recipe soon after that,came out really good and was impressive.As it was my first attempt,I couldn't click any pics two years back.I had tried many other versions of nuggets like chopping them in bite sized pieces and coated with bread crumbs then frying or baking.However,none of the other recipes came close to the store brought nuggets.


This was welcomed by my kids whole heartily and initially I tried frying these nuggets.The fried version was the original recipe.Gradually with repeated trials,I modified to baked version for a healthier version.I added a drop of oil on each of this nuggets to give a crispy fried look and taste as I did for baked vegetable cutlets.These nuggets can be made before hand and can be freezed for future use.Microwave or pan fry after thawing,tastes great.If you happen to watch the above video,am sure you will never go back to store bought chicken nuggets.Give it a try and let kids enjoy healthy food !!


Preparation time~ 30 minutes
Refrigeration~30minutes
Baking time~25 minutes
Recipe source~ Cherie's Stolen Recipes
Serves~ 3 dozen
Ingredients
boneless chicken 750 gms(1.5lb)
bread slices 2
potato 1;medium sized grated
garlic finely grated 2 cloves
sweet onion 1/2,finely chopped
parmesan cheese 1/2 cup
chilli flakes 1.5 tsp
egg 1 
pepper powder to taste
salt to taste

to coat
bread crumbs 1 cup


Method
  • Wash and chop the chicken in bite size pieces.Drain water in  a colander for 20 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the blender with bread slices,cheese.Blend until smooth like we do for kebabs.
  • Remove in a bowl,add finely chopped onion,grated potato,grated garlic,chilli flakes,pepper powder and egg.Mix well,add salt as per taste.
  • Line two trays with parchment papers.Scoop out lemon sized ball,flatten and shape like nuggets and roll in bread crumbs.Place on the trays.Similarly,do for the rest of the mixture until you finish the mix.
  • Refrigerate the shaped nuggets with the tray for 30 minutes.


  • By the last 10 minutes,Pre heat oven at 400 degrees F.Remove the nuggets from refrigerator and add a drop of oil on each nuggets and then place the shaped nuggets in the oven.


  • Bake in oven for 12-15 mins and then flip the other side,add a drop of oil again on this side.Bake again for 7-10 mins or slightly browned in the under side.Remove from oven.
  • Serve warm with ketchup or wait till its completely cooled.Freeze the remaining in ziploc bags for over a month.


NOTES
* I used chicken thighs but you can use chicken breast too(I personally like chicken thighs for the nuggets).If you are preferring the baking method and want them to taste close to any of the store brought nuggets,then add slight amount of chicken fat too.In deep frying,oil adds the flavor on its own(you can omit that).
* The nuggets may shrink slightly as it gets cooked so shape accordingly.
* You can add your favorite seasoning instead of pepper powder.
* Adding potato gives a binding to the mixture.
* Parmesan cheese can be replaced with any other cheese as per preference.
* In case,your mixture doesn't hold shape then add bread crumbs.

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13 comments:

Remya Elizabeth Anish said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely kids special.... itz crispy and delicious and baking avoidsthe consumption of oil.... :)

Rani Arun said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow this looks so yummy...cant wait to try this recipe..but one thing i need to know that the potato to be added is raw or boiled?if we add the raw one will it get cooked within this time?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rani Arun I added the potato raw,grated it and added.The time it takes to cook the chicken will cook the potato too dear.Thanks and do let me know how it turned out :)

Angie Schneider said... Best Blogger Tips

This chicken nugget recipe is a keeper! They look so tasty.

Marisa G said... Best Blogger Tips

Love them, love them, love them!!!
I'll do give them a try. Perfect for my daily diet. Kisses from a very hot Valencia.

nishkitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally kid approved. Love the addition of cheese. :)

Neela Manogar said... Best Blogger Tips

Nuggets look perfect and yummy.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and tasty nuggets...

Sathya- MyKitchenodyssey said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic perfect .Nuggets ..

Shweta Arora said... Best Blogger Tips

These look delicious Julie

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

forget the kids i'll finish it off in a jiffy..lol...looks super tempting dear..loved it

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

my kids love nuggets. though I keep a pack of store bought ones, I rarely make them, only when I really feel like giving them. Home made is definitely always the best and this one looks so good... bookmarked!

Meena Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicken nugget...that may be the only thing I am not guilty of as we dont but it so often.Video did gross me out :)
Looks like our baked cutlet with cheese and definitely healthier.