Are there certain foods that remind you of childhood? Most of my childhood favorites (like grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and pizza) I still eat quite often. One food that I ate all the time as a kid but rarely eat anymore is chicken nuggets.
In my early childhood, I refused to eat burgers at takeout restaurants because they put “nasty” toppings on them. (This was before McDonald’s and Burger King debuted the “Have It Your Way” campaigns.) I never understood why any child would want mustard or onions on their burger – ew!
I also never understood why kids wanted to meet the McDonald’s characters. The big purple guy (Grimace) scared the bejeebers out of me. There’s a great video of me when I was three years old running away and jumping into my Dad’s arms crying because the big purple monster was after me.
My three-year-old thoughts exactly. I mean, isn’t he scary?! (source)
Anyways, I always went for the chicken nuggets. When I was little, I thought McDonald’s had the best nuggets, and as I got older Chick-Fil-A’s nuggets became my favorite. Of course, none of them were very healthy, but I loved ’em!
When I was in the mood for a quick finger food the other night, I decided to make healthier Baked Chicken Nuggets.
It’s funny how good simple foods can be! These nuggets were delicious, and so much healthier than the fast food ones. I would definitely say they have more of a Chick-Fil-A flavor than a McDonald’s one. I also added a little hot sauce to make them a bit more sophisticated. We paired ours with Crispy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus. They both include the breadcrumb coating and take about the same time to bake.
Give them a try – they will bring out the kid in you!
Dip a few chicken pieces in the olive oil mixture, and then coat them with the breadcrumb mixture and place them on a greased baking sheet. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken pieces with olive oil. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes, until cooked through.
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Adapted (slightly) from SkinnyTaste
Serves 2 hungry people.
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced into bite sized pieces
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
- 6 tbsp whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat your oven to 425 and grease a baking sheet.
- Chop your chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan in one bowl and the olive oil and hot sauce in another bowl.
- Put a few pieces of chicken in the olive oil bowl, coat them, and then put them in the breadcrumb bowl and coat them with the breadcrumb mixture. Transfer the coated chicken pieces to the baking sheet. Repeat until all of the pieces of chicken have been coated.
- Lightly spray the tops of the chicken pieces with an olive oil spray.
- Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then flip them and bake them for another 5 minutes or until they are cooked through.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and a side of veggies and enjoy!