Ever since the fast food restaurants and take-out places started serving finger foods like chicken nuggets, many home cooks have probably wondered how you can make a healthier version at home. Deep fried foods such as chicken nuggets, French Fries and other foods usually contain saturated fats, even after draining off the grease. If you bake them, you can do a better job of controlling the fat content. You also have the opportunity to use herb mixtures of your choosing to give them more flavor than you get with just salt and pepper seasoning. This recipe uses thyme and basil, and also Parmesan cheese to give a nice herb crusted nugget. To make these extra juicy they are dipped in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice, then coated with fine bread crumbs. Another way they are made extra juicy is by using a high temperature and a short bake. Another benefit of using lemon juice is that acids are often used to tenderize, so these should get a little tenderizing effect from the lemon juice. A good experiment to try would be to coat the nuggets with lemon juice in a bowl and refrigerate for a few minutes. However you do it these chicken nuggets are sure to please even your finicky grand kids!
2 chicken breast halves, skinless and boneless
1/2 cup fine brown bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1 - Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2 - Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2" cubes.
3 - Combine bread crumbs, thyme, and basil and spread on a plate.
4 - Mix the lemon juice with olive oil and stir until uniform.
5 - Dip cubes in liquid mixture, then coat with crumbs mixture.
6 - Bake for 8-9 minutes on greased baking sheet.
Frank Ernhart, retired engineer, home chef, auctioneer, internet marketer. I want to make your life easier with simple chicken recipes you can cook in your own kitchen.