Chicken nuggets are like the ultimate kids food. It’s as though they are born with this innate love for them. Can you blame them? Chicken nuggets are delicious! Unfortunately, most of the ones you get at a restaurant or buy in the frozen section of the grocery store aren’t very healthy for you. Instead of cutting them out of your meals altogether, keep the delicious convenience food in your arsenal of quick meals by making your own. These freezer-friendly chicken nuggets are extra crispy and way healthier than what you’ll get in a drive-thru.
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- Bag of Frozen Chicken Breasts (defrosted)
- 6 Beaten Eggs
- 4 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tbsp. Garlic Pepper
- Dash of Salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
Cut up chicken breasts into roughly 1 inch pieces. (Don’t worry if they aren’t exact.)
In a separate bowl from your beaten eggs, combine panko bread crumbs and seasonings.
Dip each piece of chicken in your eggs (allowing excess to run off) and then roll in bread crumb mixture. Repeat a second time and place on prepared baking sheet.
**The extra coat is what makes them extra crispy!
Once one pan is full of nuggets, bake for 20 minutes.
Continue steps 4 and 5 until all of your nuggets are cooked.
This recipe makes roughly 75 nuggets depending on how evenly your pieces are cut.
To freeze, place in a large Ziploc freezer bag and store. They can be reheated in the microwave or (to retain their crispness) reheat in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until warmed throughout.
When you make these freezer-friendly chicken nuggets you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for healthy food. You can have both! They will last at least a month properly stored in the freezer and get lunch on the table in minutes. Once you are comfortable making these you can start playing around with the flavors. Add a dry barbeque rub to the breading mix or create some heat by adding Cajun spices. Get creative and find your family’s favorite flavors!
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