Baked Chicken Nuggets
I’m always looking at making ‘multi-purpose’ meals for dinner
Meals that can be eaten for dinner straight out of the oven, or which are just as delicious eaten cold for those nights when one child is starving at 6pm and the other not home from training until after 8pm, meals which can double up for lunch boxes the next day (and day after that).
Chicken nuggets are a perfect solution. And let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t love them?!
My recipe is super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. I make a big batch for our big eating family , and it a makes enough for lunch boxes the next day or two. I just throw them straight into the lunchbox as is, or wrap them up in some Mountain Bread with some mayo and lettuce.
I’m not one for batch frying anything, I just don’t have the patience for it and I can’t bare the mess. These baked versions are just as good as the fried ones, but without the mess and they take a fraction of your time.
The seasoning can be left out of the breadcrumb mix if you prefer, or you can use any alternatives which you family prefers. I often do a version with a Tex-Mex flavour which the kids just love. Or you can add in some parmesan cheese or lemon rind.
I like to serve the nuggets with oven-baked potato and sweet potato fries and a nice crispy garden salad and a squeeze of lemon over the lot.
- 2.5 cups breadcrumbs, I just popped 2-3 pieces sourdough bread into the food processor
- ½ cup ghee or butter or mix of both
- 8 chicken thighs (approx. 900 gms)
- 2 teaspoons dulse flakes
- I teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Sea salt or Himalayan rock salt
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
- Spread breadcrumbs on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10 minutes, stirring breadcrumbs a couple of times to ensure they golden evenly
- Towards the end of breadcrumb cooking time pop the ghee and/or butter into a ramekin into the oven to allow to melt.
- While breadcrumbs are in the oven, cut chicken thighs into quarters
- Once lightly golden place breadcrumbs on dinner plate, allow to cool then mix through the dulse flakes, paprika, garlic and onion powder, thyme, basil, salt and slightly cooled ghee or butter
- Place flour on a dinner plate
- Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and lightly brush some olive oil onto the rack. Or you can just line a couple of baking trays with baking paper
- Set up an assembly line of chicken, flour, egg, breadcrumbs and proceed to dip the chicken into the flour (shake off excess), egg (allow excess to drip off) and finally the breadcrumbs and place on the wire rack
- Drizzle chicken with olive oil and bake until the chicken is cooked through, approx. 15 – 20 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking time