TheRoomDad was reminiscing about the days when I used to prepare delicious meals most evenings. That was before we had children, and I was trying to impress him. Fast forward to today. I only get excited about preparing food for parties and school snacks. If it is bite sized food, snack food, or party dips, I am all about it. Otherwise, I don’t want to be bothered.
One recipe that I have not used in awhile is something from my childhood– a recipe for homemade chicken nuggets. They may seem like kid food at first glance, but they actually have a slightly more sophisticated taste than your average chicken nugget, and I used to make them for TheRoomDad. It is a recipe adults and kids enjoy. I was gracious enough to dust off the family cookbook and make the chicken nuggets last night. I was going to say how much healthier they are than a box of nuggets from the freezer section of the grocery store, but then I remembered that the chicken is dredged in melted butter before being coated in seasoned bread crumbs. Enjoy!
- 2-3 boneless chicken breasts (or 1 pkg of chicken tenderloins, ~1 lb.)
- 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 t. dried basil
- 1 t. paprika
- 1/4 t. thyme
- 1/2 c. melted butter
- Cut chicken into 1 1/2″ squares. If you are using the chicken tenderloins, cut each piece into 2 or 3 nugget-y pieces. The tenderloin can also be left as is to make a chicken strip.
- Mix dry ingredients in a shallow dish.
- Pour melted butter in a separate shallow dish.
- Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter and then into the dry mixture to coat.
- Arrange coated chicken pieces on a jelly roll pan (baking pan with a lip).
- Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until browned and chicken is cooked through. If you are using larger chicken pieces, you may need to turn once while baking.
That sure looks yummy!
I have a feeling you might like it. Our dog, Birdie, sat right there by the table hoping for a bite!