Time: 40 minutes + 25 cooking
1 or 2 chicken breasts *, cut into strips/pieces
2/3 slices of bread
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Chicken nuggets are a good midweek meal but I don’t really like the thought of what goes into shop bought ones so we make them from scratch. It’s much quicker and simpler than you might think and they go down well with all the family, especially James, (the biggest kid).
We used 1 large chicken breast and it was just about enough to feed all of us. Next time I’ll probably use 2 and put any left overs in the freezer – they’re easy to reheat in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan and prepare a baking tray.
Get your toddler to line a baking sheet with grease proof paper. You don’t have to do this, but I find it helps stop them sticking.
Prepare the coating
There are three parts to the crumb – flour, egg and breadcrumb.
First, make the breadcrumb. Hannah just tore up two slices of bread, and whizzed them up in our hand food processor. Slightly stale bread works a bit better, but I just normally use the heals from whatever bread we have open. You can add seasoning if you like at this point, or some parmesan or herbs. Put the breadcrumb in a dish ready for dipping.
Next, crack the eggs into a dish and mix them with a fork.
Finally, spoon some flour into a dish.
Coat the chicken
To make it easier, line the three dishes up in the right order with the prepared baking sheet at the end.
Take each bit of chicken and dip them first in the flour, then coat them in egg before covering in breadcrumbs. I don’t normally let Hannah near raw chicken but I let her help me cover them in breadcrumbs, on the condition she didn’t touch anything else (especially herself) before we were able to wash her hands. I’m glad I trusted her as she did a really good job.
Bake the chicken nuggets
Bake them in the oven for approx 25 minutes. They’re ready when they’ve crisped up and become a nice golden brown colour.
You can serve them with anything or try sweet potato wedges: cut a sweet potato into wedges, drizzle in oil, place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven with your chicken nuggets.