24 Apr

How Chicken Nuggets Are Made – Viewer Discretion Is Advised

This is something that should be aired in every classroom. Telling children that nuggets aren’t healthy is one thing, but actually showing them is usually effective. This video should be nothing new, but it’s a great demonstration of how seeing is believing.

Crazy, right? Even after seeing and believing that chick nuggets are unhealthy, the kids are willing to still eat them. We still got lots of work to do with re-shaping how our kids view food, but this is a great first step.

I wouldn’t leave you with just bad news, now would I. If  you still want chicken nuggets, well then eat make them. Since it’s a fan favorite for kids, they will love to help make them.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets A La Little Bites Nutrition 

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts cut into even nugget size, remove any fat

2 cups breadcrumbs – options are bought bread crumbs, homemade breadcrumbs (dried bread tossed into food processor), crushed potato chips, ritz crackers or cereal like cornflakes, special K (throw into ziplock and crush with hands or rolling pin). I recommend the last option because it’s super fun for kids to do

2 eggs

Salt + pepper + spices/herbs of your choice (garlic powder, oregano, basil, rosemary)

Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Oil spray for baking or vegetable/peanut oil for frying

Directions:

1. Wash and pat dry chicken. May need to flatten some of the pieces for even cooking. Set aside

2. In separate bowl mix breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and spices/herbs

3. In another separate bowl whisk 2 eggs, add hot sauce if desired

4. Take each piece of chicken, dip into egg mixture then thoroughly dip into bread crumbs, covering nugget completely

5. For baking: place each breaded nugget onto lightly sprayed baking sheet, bake at 425 F for about 15 minutes or until browned

   For frying: heat 1-2 tablespoons oil in frying pan on moderate flame, add battered nugget in batches, cook for 4-5 minutes turning them once

I recommend baking ’em, but some homemade frying once in a blue moon is fine by me. Now for the nutrition police in me – once in a blue moon is once in a blue moon.