Chicken nuggets are really popular with my children so I learned how to make homemade chicken nuggets! They’re not as difficult as you might think. Scroll down for the recipe.
With summer quickly winding down and thoughts of a new school year looming ahead, I’m getting a jump start on the kid’s school lunches this year.
Over the last several years I’ve been pretty diligent at making sure my children get a fun, balanced lunch because I know how important it is for their learning and overall health. With chicken nuggets being a favorite among all three children, I decided to start making my own homemade chicken nuggets.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
I’ve been making these homemade chicken nuggets throughout the summer and I’ve even convinced the children to help. It’s a great way to get them involved in cooking and open the dialogue about healthy foods and why they’re important to our bodies.
There is a bit of work that goes in to making these homemade chicken nuggets, but at the end of the day, I love knowing each and every ingredient I’ve used to make them.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe
- 1.25 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in small pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 cups panko
- 1/4 cup finely grated fresh parmesan cheese
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)
Other items that are helpful
- small cup of cold water to keep your hands wet
- parchment paper
- food processor
When my budget allows, I splurge for the natural and organic products. There is something so satisfying in knowing that what I’m feeding my family hasn’t been drenched in pesticides. I’m finding more and more ways to ensure that my family is eating real food as much as possible.
Ensuring that my children get a lunch that is delightful to their taste buds is a top priority. But I also want to make sure that their little bodies can use the food as fuel to power them through their busy days at school. I’ve seen some of the lunches their classmates bring to school, and while they are quite tasty, they hold no nutritional value and are full of sugar. I try to find creative ways for the real food I pack to entice their little taste buds and make them feel like they’re not missing out on something.
You can always double or even triple the recipe to make in bulk to freeze and use at a later date. I make enough on the weekends for my children to take to school, and sometimes enough for us to have as dinner for a quick and easy meal during the busy week.
Growing up I never thought I’d be the mom that packed lunches. But I’ve found so much enjoyment and satisfaction out of being able to provide my children with food that is good for their little bodies.
It’s hard to teach good eating habits when their friends are chowing down on chips and soda at lunch, but I keep reminding my children that the food we eat fuels our body. If we aren’t giving our body the proper nutrition it needs, eventually it can have bad side effects. So far, it’s worked.
That and my motto, “all things in moderation.”
Don’t forget to pin these Homemade Chicken Nuggets to one of your favorite Pinterest boards so that you can easily find it when you want to make these. If you decide to try them, please come back and let me know what you think.