Eating healthy has its drawbacks. Sometimes you get a big ole hankering for a greasy cheeseburger, and fixing one at home just doesn’t satisfy the craving. My kids always loved chicken nuggets and fries, and try as I might, my homemade version just never made the grade.
Until I learned how to do it up right, that is. Here’s a great recipe, with no deep-frying required. As for the fries, I’ll leave that up to you. If you want to get a bag of frozen potatoes, go for it! By baking them instead of frying, you’ll already be serving a healthier version. But if you prefer to make your own oven fries, I know they’ll make everyone smile. And they’re easy, too! Just slice up potatoes into fry-sized pieces. Toss them with just a tablespoon of oil in a zipper-top plastic bag. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 400° F until done. Stir once.
Crunchy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 25 minutes
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, rinsed and patted dry
1 ½ cups plain yogurt (or sour cream)
3 cups crushed corn flakes (finely crushed is key to success)
3 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Slice chicken breast into 2-inch strips. Marinate the chicken pieces in yogurt for one to 24 hours, refrigerated.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Prepare the crust by combining the corn flakes, parsley, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Place chicken pieces, a few at a time, into the bag and shake well to completely coat. Remove chicken pieces and place on a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick coating.
Bake about 25 minutes, or until crunchy on the outside and cooked through.
Serve with your favorite sauce.
Calories Per Serving: 260, Fat: 3 g ( 1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 506 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 30 g.
© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.