Chef Mini’s Chicken Nuggets

Like most toddlers if you ask Mini what she wants to eat, you will get the standard “chicken nuggets and french fries” answer.  Unless it’s breakfast last Thursday.  Then she wanted a hot dog.  The funny part is I rarely feed her chicken nuggets.  I am not a fan of frozen grocery store nuggets.  She will order them out in a restaurant on occasion, but that is about it.  At home, she eats the morning star chik’n nuggets.  (Not really chicken if you know what I mean).  Man, she loves those fake nuggets.

Well, last week I had a package of chicken that was steadily approaching the cook it or throw it mark, so I decided to make my own.  Naturally Chef Mini pulled up a chair and demanded I tie her apron.  This kid loves nothing more than helping in the kitchen.  This time I really put her to work.  Whisking the eggs for the egg wash and even breading the little nuggets.

What I loved most about this recipe is that I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  So I knew I was going to have a pure, white meat chicken nugget.

This recipe was super simple.


Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 eggs


Panko bread crumbs

1) Prepare your ingredients:  Whisk the 2 eggs with a splash of milk in one bowl.  Pour panko break crumbs into a shallow baking dish.  Slice chicken width-wise about an inch wide.  (About 7-8 slices per breast).

2.) Dunk chicken nuggets into egg wash.  Lay in panko and toss around to coat chicken completely.  Repeat until all chicken is breaded.  (Mini’s job was to coat the nuggets in the panko.  She used mini tongs and of course her clean hands.  I removed the pieces once they were coated.)

3.) Arrange chicken nuggets on a lightly greased baking sheet.  I spray everything with pam because I get nuts when stuff sticks to the dish.  If you don’t want to spray, don’t, but don’t get pissed when the nuggets stick either.

4.) Bake 18-20 minutes at 350.

5.) Serve with dip dip.  That’s ketchup to Miss Mini.  Or if your a piggy pants like me, ranch dressing.

ENJOY!  I found Mini really wanted to eat these because she had put so much work into making them.  I loved that they were real, white meat chicken.

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