What’s more kid friendly than chicken nuggets? There isn’t a kid I’ve met who doesn’t LOVE chicken nuggets… heck I know kids who will only eat chicken nuggets. These homemade chicken nuggets are perfect for weeknight meals and freeze great.
Sneaking vegetables into food is one of my favorite things to do. The kiddos at my school eat so many veggies every day, and they have absolutely no idea that they are eating them. I have found my winning combination of vegetables that are easy to hide in any meal are; zucchini, onion, garlic, green or red bell pepper, celery and tomatoes. In this recipe, I just use zucchini and onion. To make your vegetables more conspicuous, peel the skin on your zucchini first.
I decided to grind my own chicken to make these chicken nuggets. If you don’t want to grind your own chicken, pick up 1 lb of ground chicken from the grocery store and double this recipe. By grinding my own chicken, I was able to use 1 large chicken breast and got 24 chicken nuggets!
Grinding your own chicken is easy. Click the picture above and learn how to grind your own chicken in 3 easy steps.
Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees and gathering your ingredients. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
1 large chicken breast
1/4 yellow onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup flax meal (optional)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Cut zucchini and onion into large chunks. Add to bowl of food processor along with onion and salt and pepper and pulse until finely grated.
Dump veggies into a large bowl, replace the blade in your food processor and add chilled, diced chicken breast. Click here to learn how to grind your own chicken.
Add ground chicken to bowl with veggies and add egg, and 1/4 cup bread crumbs. If you are using store-bought ground chicken, add two eggs.
Using your hands, mix chicken, egg and veggies together until it reaches the consistency of meatloaf. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw chicken.
In a shallow bowl, combine ingredients for coating. With wet hands, roll equal size balls of chicken mixture and toss in bread crumb mixture to coat.
Place chicken balls on prepared baking sheet and gently press down into discs to form the nugget shape. I like to work assembly line style, I roll the balls, toss in bread crumbs and then just place on a baking sheet, once I have all of the chicken balls on the baking sheet, I like to line them up, and press down. I was able to get 24 chicken nuggets from 1 large chicken breast.
If you do not want to eat your chicken nuggets right now, freeze in a single layer on baking sheet. Once frozen transfer to a labeled ziplock bag. To cook, add an additional 5-10 minutes to cooking time.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until your nuggets reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy your chicken nuggets knowing that your kiddos are getting a full serving of vegetables in one of their favorite dishes.