Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I’m sure many of you remember Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The episode when he showed a class of kids how chicken nuggets are made put me off nuggets for life!

Not all nuggets are made from mechanically recovered meat; a process which involves turning the chicken carcass into a protein pulp that is then bound back together. Even the organic or more expensive ‘healthier’ nuggets will still be a combination of dark meat, breast and skin.

Homemade chicken nuggets are pretty quick and easy to make. You can make them in advance and leave them covered in the fridge until you are ready to cook them or freeze them uncooked for a day when you don’t have time to cook from scratch. The crumb can be made using a base of blended Cornflakes, Rice Bubbles (Rice Krispies for those of you outside of NZ) or cheese crackers.

Freddie loves this quick, easy meal especially the dipping sauce! There is nearly always a clean plate. I hope your little ones enjoy it too.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Suitable from around 7 months
Preparation: 10 mins
Cooking: 15 mins
Makes: 2 toddler portions

80g chicken breast cut into small tenderloins
oil for frying or spray oil for baking

40g rice bubbles, cornflakes or cheese crackers
10g parmesan cheese
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 egg and plain flour to coat chicken
Dipping sauce
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tsp mayonnaise
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Prepare crumb by blending cereal base until a fine powder. Grate in cheese and add sesame seeds.

Cut chicken into tenderloins.

Dust chicken with flour, dip in egg and then coat with crumb on both sides. The prepared chicken can then be frozen for another day, refrigerated or cooked straight away.

The nuggets can then be shallow fried or oven baked. If shallow frying heat oil and add chicken cooking for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through, turning often to make sure the crumb doesn’t get over cooked. If baking spray with spray oil and cook at 180 ‘C for 15-20 minutes until golden and cooked through turning halfway.

Prepare dipping sauce by combining the yoghurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl and stirring.


9 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Nuggets

  1. Delicious! As you say especially the dipping sauce, pretty sure my son Gray would have just had the dipping sauce for dinner! I’ve also made double for the freezer and some more for mine and my husbands dinner – I didn’t want to miss out!

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  3. Yum! I had to stop myself from eating all of my daughters portion. Luckily I made some for the adults too. Will definitely be adding this to the weekly rotation.

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