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Toddler Perfect Chicken Nuggets

We've all made chicken nuggets using bite size pieces of chicken, rolled in a breading, and baked, right?  We eat those a lot and love them!  But, I got to thinking about how hard that is for kids to chew! Sometimes, meat can be tough for toddlers without all their teeth.  One reason processed nuggets are so popular among little kids (beyond the salt, fat, and chemicals), is of course that they are easier to eat.  So, I decided to make our own 'Un-Processed' nuggets, and they turned out delicious!!

What was even more fun, was because we blended up the meat first, we could shape them! I didn't have a dinosaur mold to use, but I do have lot's of hearts and flowers.

And, before we begin- don't judge me on photography! I hate taking pictures of meat. Literally, I think it always looks ugly, no matter what!

So, I started with:

1 Five ounce chicken breast (boiled for 20 minutes in water)

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In a blender, I put in

  • The cooked chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • Seasoned with a touch of salt

and blended it all together until smooth. (Bleh! Gross, I know!)

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But then, all I did was pack little balls of the meat mixture into cookie cutters, and rolled them in bread crumbs. You obviously don't have to make shapes. I only made a couple until I got bored with it, and just made balls of nuggets.

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Then, place on a cookie sheet to bake.  I drizzled with a little butter, so they would come out crispier.. totally optional!

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Then, bake at 400 for about 10 minutes (you can flip half way though if you want both sides crispy.

Use your favorite dip, like honey mustard, spicy mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, or whatever.

heart chicken nugget dipped

chicken nuggets from ground chickenSo, I've been dying all week waiting for my March Issue of Family Fun Magazine!  I'm hoping it will come today, because on page 37 they are featuring my plates!! If you haven't seen them, I usually like to use our 3 section plate, just cause it's easier to eat off of.  But today, I wanted to try out our 4 Section Myplate Plate!  As soon as I get that magazine, I will post a scan of the feature! I'm DYING INSIDE!

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02/17/2012 12:06pm
Nice! Your pictures look great! I make these for my son, well used to, now he will tolerate regular un-mushed chicken - but the softer texture of the mashed chicken really helped transition him from eating junk food nuggets to healthy whole chicken nuggets. Did you use straight bread crumbs? I've been adding grated parmesan to mine. Gives it a nice flavour kick, and the coating stays on well, I guess the cheese melts it all together a bit? Plus it's sneaking some cheese in my picky guy :) I bought that 4 section plate for him too! And the little dairy bowl. He likes the sections :)
02/17/2012 12:10pm
Thanks Cristi! I did just use straight bread crumbs because I was just trying to see if it all worked, but the flavor would have been so good with some Parmesan, maybe even garlic powder and onion powder.
Tiffany
02/17/2012 12:17pm
is there a way to freeze these?
02/17/2012 12:23pm
I knew someone would ask that!! This is the first time I've made them, but I'll put them in the freezer right now, and report back tomorrow :)
Tiffany
02/17/2012 12:29pm
I found something kind of similar and she cooked them fully and then frozen them. http://www.skinnymomskitchen.com/2011/10/18/homemade-chicken-nuggets/
02/17/2012 12:32pm
Oh perfect! I love her. Thanks for finding that.
Heidi
02/17/2012 12:45pm
I got my family fun magazine yesterday and there it is, on page 37 just like expected.
02/17/2012 4:55pm
Do you think you could add a veggie puree? Would they still hold up?
amanda
04/16/2013 12:48pm
I threw a handful of a frozen veggie mix (peas, carrots, corn, green beans) STILL FROZEN in with the chicken and egg mixture that was already pureed, pulsed a couple of times. That way I got little color bits of veggies! Kids love them!
02/17/2012 5:09pm
For sure! These were only being held together with the egg, so if you have any type of wet ingredient, I'm sure it would just mash well with it.
02/19/2012 5:23pm
Absolutely brilliant. Genius. Pinned!
02/20/2012 1:26am
These look great! I have never thought about why processed nuggets were so popular what a great hypothesis!
Trina
02/20/2012 6:35pm
I love the cookie cutter idea, thank you!!! I put my chicken in the slow cooker for 5 hours ... the chicken is very tender and falls apart ... it can even be creamed with a fork. I use this chicken for tenders, in enchiladas, and sandwiches. Thanks for the great idea!!!
Rachel
07/29/2014 2:27pm
Mine turned out really dry -- I'd love to try it in the slow cooker though! What else do you add to the chicken before you cook it??
Trina
02/20/2012 6:41pm
Oh ... and I freeze them ... I put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them individually. When they are frozen I put them in a zip bag.
Amanda Robinson
01/30/2014 11:15am
I was wondering if u put in any liquid when u put the chicken in the crockpot. Also do u bread the nuggets before freezing?
Em B
05/01/2014 10:02am
what do you mean freeze them individually first?
02/20/2012 8:14pm
Hey Tiffany, They froze and reheated great! :)
Stefanie
02/21/2012 7:46pm
Hi Amy, This is a great website and you have given me so many great and healthy ideas for my toddler! I have a quick question about these nuggets though. Would I be able to make a bunch and freeze them? If so, how long do you think they would keep?
02/21/2012 8:28pm
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Allison
02/29/2012 10:49am
I made these today and they were a big hit! My very picky 3 year old loved them and that's an achievement. I'm adding them to my list of freezer meals. Thanks!
03/02/2012 9:51am
Oh, my God! It's so easy! Thank You! I'll do some health and beautiful nuggets with my daughter today! It's going to be fun!
03/10/2012 1:42am
This is such a good idea! I love it! I make nuggets but they aren't that well received LOL. This is going to be our dinner tonight. With sweet potato wedges and mini corn on the cob.
Aerona
03/14/2012 3:17pm
These are awesome. Tuna and or other light fish works great too for picky eaters. The kids also love helping bread these for me and I don't have to worry about them getting salmonella everywhere since the chicken is precooked.
Emma
09/21/2014 7:32am
How do u do them with fish?
Tina
03/19/2012 4:42pm
They were really good just a little bit dry. I guess white meet is that way anyways, but maybe if I add something else they would be better. I will try again :)
Beth
03/23/2012 7:31am
Can't wait to try this, homemade things that aren't loaded with sodium! Can you please tell me where you got those plates?
03/23/2012 8:11am
Hi Beth, I made the plates and sell them on my website and Amazon! My plate site is http://www.healthykidsplate.com I'm glad you like them!! Amy
Stephanie
03/26/2012 6:54am
I wonder, how would you change it for a kid that is allergic to eggs? What kind of binder would you use? Oil? Milk? I have egg replacer, but... eww. I really don't like that stuff.
M
06/25/2013 2:47pm
Flaxseed is a great egg substitute. 1tbs flaxseed to 3tbs water, let it sit and get a bit thicker and use as one egg.
Kimberly
01/30/2014 8:48am
I used a recipe once that used mashed potatoes as the binder. They turned out very nicely texture and taste wise.
A
06/06/2014 11:43am
We use applesauce a lot as a substitute for egg with my allergy toddler. I would think with Chicken it is actually pretty good (think of the sweet sauces restaurants use on their chicken). I plan on trying these tonight with applesauce as my binder.
04/02/2012 4:49pm
[...] fish it is!  We made fish sticks tonight!  Similar to our Chicken Nuggets, we used mixed up Tilapia.  The binder we used was whipped up flax seeds, as opposed to eggs that [...]
04/04/2012 5:30am
Ok Stephanie, Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you! But I've been doing some experimenting and it worked great using flax seeds like I did for this recipe on Monday: http://blog.superhealthykids.com/2012/04/fish-sticks-kids-wont-resist/ Basically, I would replace the egg with 1 TBL flax seeds, and 4 TBL water, in a blender till frothy. Then just pour it into your chicken like you would the egg!
04/11/2012 12:07am
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Vanessa
04/17/2012 6:12am
I've made these a few times and the kids are lucky if they get any because my husband gobbles them up too! :) I usually dip them quickly in fat free buttermilk and then the breadcrumbs so they stick better. Also used garlic powder and put some ground flax seed or wheat germ in with the bread crumbs.
04/17/2012 6:19am
Buttermilk is a great idea! Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely use that next time.
Bahlam
04/20/2012 5:02am
I just love the heart shaped nuggets! I have added your recipe to my collection of nuggets recipes here: http://pinterest.com/chickenmcnugget/nuggets-recipes/
Jessica
04/22/2012 11:08pm
Really excited about making these my son loves chicken nuggets, but i hate buying them i always am trying to find some that are healty. i been buying soy nuggets but they get expensive, am very excited to try these fingers crossed that he likes them i am very glad that i have found this page :)
04/26/2012 2:24am
[...] love them. They're a bit bland so I add a bit of parmesean cheese and a bit of mild chili pepper. Toddler Perfect Chicken Nuggets Reply With Quote « Previous Thread | Next Thread [...]
04/27/2012 4:24am
Make sure to add some seasonings! I've been getting lots of feedback saying they are sort of 'bland'. Good luck, I'm glad you found us too!
Lauren Michelle
05/08/2012 8:07am
I know this is exactly healthy, but my favorite coating for chicken nuggets has always been- One part breadcrumbs, one part captn' crunch (no crunch berries) and the garlic and onion powder to taste. It's supposedly a Planet Hollywood recipe. I hear it's really great with honey mustard, but I always eat these plain without any kind of sauce.
Lauren Michelle
05/08/2012 8:07am
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05/08/2012 12:10pm
Yum! That brings back memories of my childhood.. ha ha. Actually- in high school, I literally ate 1 bowl of captain crunch every single day! :)
05/10/2012 2:34pm
Man... I'm a college student and these still look delicious! Flower and heart shapes and all! I wish my mother would have done this kind of thing! And it all looks wonderful and healthy!
Jessica
05/15/2012 11:43am
I love this idea! I think these would be great frozen!
Leah
05/19/2012 2:08pm
I just found this recipe and I LOVE it! Thank you so much...my youngest won't eat any "whole" piece of chicken and last night as I was watching her eat mcdonalds chicken nuggets (*cringe*) I was thinking to myself, "Why will she eat these nasty nuggets but not chicken bites?" So this is PERFECT! So making these this week. Thank you!!!!
05/22/2012 6:19am
We love these, I have fiddled with the recipe to suit our tastes and now add two teaspoons of English mustard powder. I also use dark meat now as breast can be a bit dry sometimes. Also dark meat has more 'good' stuff inc B12. I now freeze them and they are fab!
05/24/2012 10:29am
Rachel, one thing I hardly mention is we are chicken thigh family! I buy breasts for recipes I make for the blog, but my husband only likes thighs, and I'll be honest, I prefer thighs any day of the week!
Carmen M
06/18/2012 9:57pm
My son is very picky when it comes to chicken nuggets. He usually doesn't like them no matter where they come from but he LOVED these! I made a small batch just to try them out and he ate them all then asked for more! Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been making a lot of your recipes lately and I haven't found a recipe that we didn't love!
Katy
06/29/2012 10:52am
Thank you for such an easy recipe! My son is so picky and one of the very few things he will eat is chicken nuggets and strawberries but i am through with store bought chicken nuggets......the store bought nuggets must be so unhealthy. I made these today and he loved them! Now i can feel good that he is eating healthy. Thanks!
Heidi
07/11/2012 6:24pm
Such a great idea.I read one comment about using fish. I pay a fortune for healthy version of fish nuggets. Has anyone else tried to make these with fish? Thanks again for the inspiration!!!! Love your site.
07/13/2012 10:36am
Yes Heidi, We did write a recipe for fish ones! http://blog.superhealthykids.com/2012/04/fish-sticks-kids-wont-resist/ Thanks for reading!
sajjad haider
10/16/2012 11:00pm
Hi, i tried,fried the nuggets, crumbs did not come out better, anything else to add in crumbs like rice four?
Gia
11/08/2012 11:17am
Hi there! I tried these last night for my 1 year old and couldn't wait to try them myself. They came out GREAT when first out of the over, however when they cooled, they became really dry and hard... Like the chicken was too dense. Any ideas to moisten them up so that they stay softer? The whole reason for making these for my son was because I was looking for something he could "chew" on his own, with the few teeth that he has. Any ideas would be helpful!! Thanks!
11/08/2012 12:28pm
That is strange, and has never happened here, so I’m not sure how to troubleshoot! Was your chicken shredded in a blender or food processor? Was it overcooked and dry before you made the nuggets? I can imagine if you blended it with a little chicken broth it might retain its moisture better (or use dark meat!?) If you try it again, let us know what happened!
Lee-Ann
11/18/2012 4:31am
Hi, how can I purchase your plates for delivery to Australia? Love them! Thanks
Jody
11/25/2012 12:33pm
Hi. I love cooking for my family and always looking for more ways to get my kids to eat healthier. They love chicken nuggets! I was wondering if there is a way to make them with ground(raw) chicken? And by baking instead of frying them.
11/26/2012 6:52am
I have never tried it that way Jody! I’d love for you to try it and let us know!! Thanks Amy
Jody
11/26/2012 8:24am
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chicken and egg together. Roll a tablespoon of the chicken mixture into a ball, then press it to about 1/2 inch thick. Coat gently with breadcrumbs, then transfer to a baking sheet which has been lightly greased with nonstick cooking spray. Continue until all chicken has been used. Spray the tops of the breadcrumb-covered chicken nuggets with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the nuggets have cooked all the way through. Our kids 5 and 3(the picky one), loved them. Haylee, the 5 year old said they were better than the store bought. :)
Jessica
11/26/2012 12:26pm
we are learning about how to make healthy chicken nuggets in chool and this has given me a better understanding on why we need to keep healthy and how we can achieve on becoming fit and a healthier person ! thanks so much :-)
April
11/28/2012 12:35pm
We tried these and I had to cook them longer to get them brown/crispy. But, sad to say, they were not a hit with myself, 3 or 5 year old. They were dry, dry, dry. Maybe using thighs would be better and give it some moisture?
11/28/2012 1:16pm
Oh bummer! Maybe your chicken breasts started out dry? There is definitely a fine line between moist chicken breasts, and dry- like just in a matter of minutes!  Also, a bit more salt might help them to have more flavor as well!! Good luck, let us know if you dare try again! (but we do love some good thigh meat!!)
Jody
12/05/2012 12:11pm
So sorry. Forgot. Add 1/2 tsp onion salt into the meat mixture. Making these tonight, with a side of broccoli. Can't wait.
Maggie
12/12/2012 11:26pm
I've made nuggets with raw ground turkey. Excited to try w/ cooked chicken! Thanks for the recipe.
Marie
12/28/2012 6:45pm
Would canned flaked chicken do the trick as well? Thanks Marie
12/29/2012 5:53am
I don't see why it wouldn't Marie! I've never tried it though. If you try it, let us know how it turns out! Amy
Kimberly
01/18/2013 11:53pm
Thanks for this recipe! I have had an ongoing battle with with my almost 3 year old about food. She ONLY eats oatmeal, rice, crackers, yogurt and bananas. She hasn't eaten chicken or any meat in over a year! I made these and she ate 4! I was so happy!
Tiffany
01/19/2013 5:45pm
Any tips on reheating? I made a batch tonight and plan to put them in the freezer and reheat in the toaster oven. Any idea of what temp and for how long? Thanks! P.s Tasted one and they're great! Added some onion powder, garlic along with the salt with the meat and they turned out great. Hope my 2 year old likes them!
01/21/2013 6:12am
We just put them back in the oven at about 400degrees for about 15 minutes- just until hot in the middle and crispy on the outside.
Team Sylar
01/23/2013 3:01pm
Hi I love how easy this is. ok, so i'm such an amateur cook, but i have to ask... in order to freeze for later, would these be best cooked in oven as your recipe says and then freeze individually? or should i just roll in the crumbs, then freeze individually & then pull out as needed & bake for 15 mins? Thanks
01/25/2013 6:46am
I would cook first and then freeze- and 15 minutes is all you should need!
04/26/2013 5:06pm
Made these tonight! Thanks for the alternative to McDonald's. =) I seasoned the chicken with onion and garlic powder while blending and used two eggs because the blending took me AGES. I think I have an awful blender. Which do you recommend?
andy
05/04/2013 8:49pm
I am going to try this tonight. My son, also hates veggies so, hmmmm. I am going to get the juicer out and pulp some carrots. I hope that adding this to the egg and then to the chicken may keep them moist. Fantastic idea Amy thanks!
05/13/2013 6:04am
I will definitely try this out after seeing how a processed chicken nugget is made.
05/15/2013 6:22am
I will definitely try these out. They look so much healthier then the fast food ones.
Paula
05/17/2013 2:00pm
My 5 year old son just got diagnosed with high cholesterol. He ONLY eats chicken nuggets from McDonalds. He has never tried red meat ! I am going to try this, so keep your fingers crossed!
05/20/2013 8:34am
I think my son would love this recipe, it looks absolutely delicious, even I want to try this! Thanks for sharing!
Jaye
05/22/2013 5:55pm
Tried these tonight as written and they were pretty good. Two questions: 1) if you freeze, would you recommend doing so before or after baking? 2) have you tried with a mix of breast and boneless, skinless thighs? I thought that they were a little dry and was wondering if you've tried with a combo of white and dark meat?
05/24/2013 1:49pm
1) After baking! and 2) Yes, and they are super delicious! We love dark meat!
Jaye
05/27/2013 7:06am
Oops! Froze them pre-baking. The chicken is cooked but they do contain raw egg. Will they still be safe to eat if I cook them thoroughly out of the freezer?
05/27/2013 8:26am
Yes, if they are thoroughly cooked, you will be fine!
05/24/2013 4:00pm
I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I got to this recipe while looking for an alternative to chicken nuggets not for kids but for myself. Even after I stopped eating them because I knew they were terrible I still wanted something similar. So, thank you for this recipe. It looks really good and I bet it fills the empty space left by nasty processed chicken nuggets. <a href="www.dynamicmedicalcenters.com">Chiropractic Chattanooga</a>
05/27/2013 9:20pm
My son is allergic to eggs. What do you think (or have tried) to substitute for that?
05/28/2013 10:19am
Most people use 1 TBL Flax frothed wtih 1 TBL water to replace an egg!
06/03/2013 1:27pm
These look so fun and so much healthier than those nasty store bought ones! I am going to have to make these for my son, who loves chicken nuggets to death.
Mary
07/05/2013 1:17pm
Found this recipe today and tried it out as soon as I got home! I had to use 2 eggs for the mest to stick together, but did not blend it to death. As I now see in your picture, your mixture has been knocked out :) Maybe that is why my nuggets tasted great but texture was ...tiring. Dry and boring. Do you think that's the reason, too? Will be definitely experimenting with this because it's a great recipe! Thanks
caroline
07/11/2013 4:04pm
Does it make a difference if I use a blender vs food processor? I only have the food processor, so hopefully not!
07/19/2013 12:52pm
It doesn't caroline! as long as you can get it to mix!
Emily
09/11/2013 4:07pm
Hi There! Just found your website and am thrilled about it! I am making the chicken nuggets and having a hard time doing the cookie cutter shapes? I don't know if its because I did add a handful of frozen veggies? Any tricks? Love to do Mickey Mouse ones for my kids birthday party! Thanks!
09/16/2013 4:31pm
That would be cute!! I would just say, make sure your "dough" is dry enough... then, just squish it into the cutter. Literally, squish and shape!
Zoe
10/05/2013 4:04pm
Thank you for this recipe! I have tried it twice and both times the chicken is really dry. Your blended chicken looks smooth but mine just looks crumbly, which makes it really hard to form into nuggets. Do you think I am overcooking the chicken when boiling? Thanks!
10/06/2013 7:13am
Hi Zoe- I definitely think you are overcooking your chicken. To retain the moistest chicken breast, don't let it cook past 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer if you need to. Also, try cooking in the oven, so you can keep that thermometer in the whole time! Good luck!
CHRIS SKIDZY
10/23/2013 9:57am
hi, this looks great! i'm going to try this tonight. is there a way to just print the recipe? thank you,
10/23/2013 8:52pm
Not for this recipe- sorry! Our newer recipes have a print feature though. :(
11/25/2013 4:44pm
Yum! That looks great. I am going to have to try this out really soon.
Heather Elissa
12/16/2013 1:42pm
I do something similar but I use half bread crumbs and half sour cream and onion veggie chips, I used parsnips and yellow squash instead of the potato it turned out great and you can use the rest of the chips as a mostly guilt free side. http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/05/sour-cream-and-onion-veggie-chips.html
Maria Virginia Gonzalez
01/20/2014 11:45am
I did this yesterday and it was total success. If I want to do the same but with fish, should I pre-boil fish? or because is fish, I just shred it raw and cook it longer? Thanks!
01/20/2014 12:08pm
Try this recipe for fish ones! http://www.superhealthykids.com/blog/fish-sticks-kids-won-rsquo-t-resist.php
Maria Virginia Gonzalez
01/20/2014 1:11pm
This is going to sound silly, but where did you buy the cookie cutter in the form of a gold fish?.. I found fish shaped cookie cutters, but none were the perfect size and none were like simple gold fish. Any suggestions?
01/21/2014 8:36am
Maria- the craft store, by the clay supplies.
Dana Camacho
01/30/2014 6:55am
My mom, who has more time than I do to experiment, did something similar for my kids. She used cooked chicken, cooked quinoa, applesauce, an egg and some Italian seasoning in the food processor. We made silver dollar sized patties that we cooked in a little grapeseed oil in a pan on the stove. They kids loved them! I love the idea of mixing in some veggies too! Definitely going to try that next time!
Christina
01/30/2014 12:31pm
How about adding some white beans in the chicken puree? That would hold up things great and add some fiber. Plus, loads of protein AND your kid is eating beans without noticing them! lol
Karen
02/13/2014 6:46am
I am so happy to have found your site (through The Blender Girl)! My kids are 9 and 11 and still love chicken nuggets. My oldest has ADHD and sensory issues, and he refuses to eat my homemade chicken nuggets. I never thought about grinding up the chicken first! I would like to try this, but I think he would like a batter coating instead of bread crumbs. Any ideas on how to do that?
02/13/2014 10:14am
Glad you found us too Karen! We love the Blender Girl! As far as batter goes, I haven't tried it that way, but a mixture of flour, salt, egg, and milk is what we've used to batter other things. Let us know if you try it.. You may have to "fry" them to have that work.
huma
03/29/2014 3:33pm
hi thanks for so simple and wonderful recipe I have 4 month baby as well as toddler so I am always finding some simple recipe for her . my only question my nuggets have become dry and a little hard after baked in oven . I have only tested a little bite and rest is in refrigerator so I can fix my problem if happens . I don't know how to make it soft either I have baked too much or I have boiled the chicken too much . can I put butter in chicken mixture to make it soft and a bite buttery?
Pearl S
03/30/2014 10:48am
I am wonder if adding applesauce would act as a binder as well as some moister and flavor. I add applesauce to my seafood stuffing
03/31/2014 6:53am
Thanks Pearl! that's a great idea.
Bethany Jones
04/28/2014 10:06am
I have a kiddo with an egg allergy. Is there a way to substitute the egg with something else?
04/28/2014 11:46am
Bethany- I used it to act sort of like a glue- if you have other binding ingredients, it could work in it's place... what about honey or something?
Caitlyn H
05/12/2014 4:10am
Hi, i just found this recipe and i was thinking about making them for my School assignment. i was wondering about how many nuggets the recipe makes?
Caitlyn H
05/12/2014 4:26am
I was also wondering, do you think that if i made my own soft bread crumbs out of wholemeal bread to make it a bit healthier would it still work for my school assignment?
Tiffany
06/05/2014 11:38am
My son is allergic to eggs and milk. Any thoughts on a different binder to mix with the chicken-so I can get him away from junky, processed nuggets?
Erica
06/05/2014 1:41pm
Maybe honey, water , applesauce, coconut milk, k
A
06/06/2014 11:47am
Mine is allergic to eggs and milk as well. I am planning to make these with applesauce as the binder. It will sweeten up the taste so I plan on using some garlic, onion and pepper in the breading to offset some of that. But my 2 year old loves spices.
A
06/08/2014 7:45pm
I made these with applesauce, but I didn't need to use much (1 tbsp) because I also steamed cauliflower and carrots and those worked as a good binder. I also had to use panko breadcrumbs because all my other choices at the grocery store were made with whey (milk product). They don't work as well, next time I will grind them for a more kid like texture.
A
06/06/2014 11:48am
Oh and instead of butter to make them more crispy in the oven, I plan on using olive oil. Super healthy alternative for a toddler with milk allergy. Better than margarine (although we use that sparingly as well), but won't give as much flavor, just crunch.
Susy
06/18/2014 7:51pm
So I did this today and it was a disaster! I boiled about 2 pounds of chicken because I wanted to do a big batch for my kid and my husband (he loved them) and first i putted to much egg then the blender wouldnt blend well since i have to add more chicken..the mix ended up being not like cookie dough so wasnt easy to make shapes and bread it... anyway i did it anyway and i guess they werent so thick and i might have over baked them so i feel they are hard for my kid but still good for us.... can you give me and idea of how many eggs would be needed if i use around 2pounds of chicken? also, what type of blender did you use? thank you it is really an amazing recipe!
06/25/2014 6:15am
Susy- I would use as many eggs as it takes to become dough. We used one egg for one chicken breast, so you would need a few more eggs for sure. I actually used a hand mixer.
susy
06/25/2014 7:15am
Thank you! Yes a hand mixer sounds like it works better hgreat I'll definitely try again
Cecilia
07/28/2014 5:36am
My son has celiac disease any way of substituting the bread crumbs?
Emily
07/28/2014 10:44am
These are a great idea! I'm not a mom myself, but I constantly have my nieces over, plus I babysit a very very picky six year old who won't eat anything that isn't frozen. Would they come out good if I added a little cream cheese to make the chicken creamier and not so dry?
08/01/2014 9:41am
@emily- the best way to get your chicken not so dry is to cook it with a meat thermometer and not let it be cooked above 165 degrees.
MelissaO
07/28/2014 12:15pm
What kind of chicken do you use? I know that sounds like it might be a silly question, but we are trying very hard to not get mass factory raised chickens with hormones added. Is there a particular brand of chicken you buy?
08/01/2014 9:39am
@Melissa- We bought some chicken from a local farmer awhile back and still have quite a bit. As far as grocery store chicken, I don't have a brand I prefer over another. Local Harvest has a directory of local farmers you can use http://www.localharvest.org/organic-chicken.jsp
VH
07/28/2014 9:14pm
Do you have to cook before you freeze them? Or can I make, freeze, and then cook?
Alex
07/29/2014 7:52am
Great idea but the amounts and time is off. I tried my Vitamix and Oster the 5 oz quantity is incredibly off, forcing you to scrap the sides every pulse, the other issue is that the cooking time is double.
07/29/2014 8:48am
Your chicken breast wasn't cooked in 20 minutes boiling? That is always the amount of time I boil my chicken. The cooking in the oven part shouldn't take more than 10 minutes, as the chicken should already be cooked.
Alex
07/29/2014 10:55am
I apologize for the confusion. In the oven it took double the time. :) Just to get browned! I do have to note with thigh meat they were still juicy.
07/29/2014 10:54am
Thank you for those who posted substitute for egg. I'll give this try with applesauce first as binder.
A
07/30/2014 11:34am
Don't use a lot of applesauce, it will make them too hard to handle when breading them. Using applesauce did make them flaky (didn't hold together very well). I would try the flaxseed approach next time. 1Tbsp of Flaxseed, 3Tbsp of water...combine and let sit for five minutes then add to the chicken like you would have the egg. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Julie
07/29/2014 12:56pm
HI Thanks for posting this. I love this idea for my 14m old. He loves his nuggs. Plus who cares about the butter part--it's still healthier than what's on the shelves. TYVM, JW
Felicia
08/04/2014 3:56pm
Do your kids really eat raw bell pepper!?
08/04/2014 4:16pm
All the time @Felicia ! it's the best way to eat them. Especially with some hummus or laughing cow cheese, or even ranch as a dip.
08/04/2014 4:04pm
I have been looking for a recipe like this for quite awhile, thank you!! I am the one who loves chicken nuggets in our family though!
joy sadia
08/13/2014 8:40pm
thanks for information about how to make a nuggets, it will help me to make a nuggets.
Cynthia
08/14/2014 2:51pm
Do you have no cookie cutter, take fisher price baby first blocks forms :)
keuntje
08/15/2014 5:43am
I make mine like this: chicken in small cubes, let it rest in the fridge in yoghurt or buttermilk, smash some seasoned crackers and dip the chicken in it. fry for a minute or 2, ready. A succes everytime. but I have to try this one too. kids love the shapes :) thanks for sharing
Rebecca
09/05/2014 9:56am
Do you think this would work with steak as well? Turkey? Have you tried any other meats? My son is 16 months and the only way I can get him to eat meat is to either give him chicken nuggets or puree the meat with mashed potatoes. I love this idea but I wonder if it would work just as well with other meats.
09/08/2014 2:26pm
That's a good question Rebecca. I don't know about steak, but Turkey probably would be ok. We've only also done it with fish.

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