Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Picnic Chicken Nuggets


It's that time of year...warm air, sunshine and picnics outside!  These tasty chicken nuggets make a great summery meal.

And they are made from simple, healthy ingredients.

You (and your kids too!) will LOVE them. :D
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash onion powder
  • extra virgin olive oil for frying, enough to fry the chicken.
  • 2 breasts of boneless, skinless chicken (or enough for your crowd) ;)

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken into small pieces, no bigger than about 1 inch or so.
  2. In a small bowl, (I use a cereal bowl), beat the egg and add the 1 cup milk. Beat together.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the rest of the ingredients, flour and spices. 
  4. Dip the chicken in the egg/milk mixture, then toss it in the flour/spice mixture to coat it. 
  5. Do it again. I double dip and coat for a nice thick breading but it is not necessary. Do it as you like.
  6. Set aside on a plate until you have coated all of the chicken pieces.
  7. Heat extra virgin olive oil in deep fryer (or if using a skillet or pot, heat that now.)
  8. Using a slotted metal spoon, slowly lower the breaded chicken nuggets into the hot oil.
  9. Fry for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Test to make sure they are cooked through and cook longer if the chicken is not completely cooked. 
Serves 5. 

Serve with your favorite fresh veggies and side dishes! 

While the oil is hot and ready to go, make some Homemade Onion Rings, too!  The recipe might sound familiar because it is the same breading and it tastes Oh, So Good for both!  Easy-Peasy!!  :)


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30 comments:

  1. Ooh my boys would LOVE these! Thanks so much for the great recipe! Have a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

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    1. Our boys love them too, Abby! :D You're very welcome!

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  2. I make chicken nuggets from scratch all the time. I haven't tried making them with those ingredients but I will have to try them. I also never thought of taking them with us on a picnic.

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    1. Yum! Yeah, these ingredients make a nice, flavorful breading with just a little zesty taste... so good! :)

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  3. Hello Mrs. E and Julia!

    Reading over your blog, and you have some great ideas! Keep at it! It's nice to read a blog that is specifically for DIY, baking, etc. :)

    Your chicken nuggets look fantastic! I must ask, do they compete with Chick-fil-a? ;D I'll have to try making some with GF flour.

    Best of luck on your new blogging journey!
    Allison

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    1. Hi Allison! We were delighted to read your comment! So nice to hear from you again, sweet friend!
      Well, in our opinion, YES, the nuggets compete with Chic-Fil-A... besides, we know what's in them. ;)
      Thanks so much for coming by and saying hello! :)

      Blessings,
      Julia & Gloria

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  4. My kids love nuggets..great recipe!
    Erin @ Table for Seven

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    1. Nuggets are awesome and these even stand up to Chick-fil-A as we had some this weekend while we were out of town. It left us wishing for our own homemade nuggets!!
      Gloria

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  5. OMG these look delish..the spices you chose....mmmmmm

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    1. Thanks for the kudos! The spices really make these nuggets pop!
      Gloria

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  6. Oh ladies, you did it again.. yummm!! So fun, coming over from Give Me the Goods party. I'd love for you to come share it at the link party I am cohosting right now!
    http://thefirstyearblog.com/2013/05/12/link-party-with-titi-crafty/

    Beth @ The First Year Blog

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    1. Thanks for the invite and sorry we didn't make it this week. Being out of town put a damper on blogging. We'll try to stop by next week! :)
      Gloria

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  7. This sounds and looks delicious! I'm hosting a new linky party. I would love for you to join it. http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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    1. Thanks for the invite, we were out of town so we missed this last week but will try to make it soon!
      Gloria

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  8. pinned - tweeted - shared on G+ - thanks for sharing with Kids in the Kitchen on AdventurezInChildRearing!!!

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    1. Thanks for all the pinning and such! We'll be back for more fun at your link party!
      Gloria

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  9. Yum! I've got to try this! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods. Hope to see you again next Monday ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment. We'll try to stop by, still unpacking from the big trip out of town. :)
      Gloria

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  10. These look great! My little girl loves chicken nuggets!

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    1. Thanks!! It seems all kids love nuggets, even us big kids!!
      Gloria

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  11. Perfect for little fingers and little appetites! Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday! A Pinch of Joy

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    1. Thanks for leaving such a great comment! We appreciate the pinning, too! :)
      Thanks,
      Gloria

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  12. So yummy! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  13. Yum! The coating for the nuggets sounds so good! Pinning :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! They are very nummy!!

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  14. MMMM...These look wonderful! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures. I'm sharing them on week 87. Please stop by and grab my "I was featured on" button. Have a gorgeous week!

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    1. Thanks for featuring us! We proudly have your button on the featured page.
      Have a great day!
      Gloria

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  15. Nice!! And so much better for the kids than the frozen ones! Thanks for sharing it with us at the LOBS party!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Yep, they are healthier than store-bought and tastier, too! ;)
      Have a great day!
      Gloria

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