My kids are not toddlers, actually they are far from it, but last night, we ate chicken nuggets. It was highly unusual, since when they were small, we ate so many nuggets that they now gag at the mention of them. I must admit that I am not a big fan either.
They frankly remind me of fast food places and sticky car rides and, let's face it, nothing about chicken nuggets screams healthy or home cooking. They didn't really rate as a satisfying "daddy food" either.
By kindergarten, in order to keep the love alive and give them more credibility as a main course, I tried to make them on my own, but they were always so bready and mushy or too crunchy. I gave up, and no one seemed upset. At all.
Fast forward to the present and my quest to break out of our boring meal habits, I have been looking for some interesting things to do with chicken. I've scoured cookbooks, questioned friends, yea, yea, I pinned, but a lot of the recipes fell short.
Lesson learned, a gorgeous photo does not always equal a delicious dish.
Then I remembered this one for battered cutlets (something we're also sick of), from my college days...who knew that cutting chicken into cubes could make all the difference? I have to admit, they were really good and I am a total convert.
The recipe is super easy and you can doctor it up with spices any way you like. We have pretty boring palates over here at Exquisitely Unremarkable, so I just add salt and pepper. It took no time to prepare, it didn't come out of a box, or with a toy. It was just very lean chicken breast, the kids ate it up and doesn't it look pretty on the plate? Can't do better than that!
Here's what I did ~ Please keep in mind, I'm not a big measurer:
2-3 pounds of chicken breast cubed
Mix 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper and about 1/2 cup of flour together in a bowl or zippy bag and coat the chicken.
Add a thin coat of oil to bottom of large skillet and cook until done. I used corn oil.
Now, I made this in the afternoon, so I cooked them until they were 99% done and then later at dinnertime I popped them on a cookie sheet and warmed them up/ cooked them the rest of the way. This also crisped them up a bit more. I served them with popcorn rice and broccoli, but they go with everything! I know that it's pretty basic, but you can't argue with delicious.
You know I love the comments, so feel free to let me know if you have your own chicken nugget recipe or if you might try this one! Of course, if you have any chicken recipe you'd like to share, please do so on my Facebook page, because you know it's only a matter of time until we're sick of the nuggets again!
Sign up for email and follow the fun.
Tips, tricks, crafts and giggles delivered straight to you!