My kids have loved our family cooking project this summer. I keep finding cookbooks and hand-written lists of recipes around the house. If I ask what they want for lunch, I get requests for Hide a Seed Muffins from Mollie Katzen’s cookbook or Rats on a Stick from Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids. I’m finding it works best for us to make the recipes for lunch or Friday night’s dinner. If I try to make something at the end of the day when the kids are playing outside with their friends, it gets a little crazy in the kitchen.
Now my kids absolutely love McDonald’s chicken nuggets and the ones from Chik-Fil-A are becoming a favorite, too. I prefer the Chik-Fil-A ones because I can get them grilled which is a healthier option for several reasons. Doing our own chicken nuggets seemed to be a natural recipe to try. While I cut up the chicken breasts into one-inch cubes, my 8 year old mixed up the coating. Since we didn’t have onion powder, my son decided to substitute garlic powder.
After we prepped the food, my 6 year old son came into the kitchen and asked to help with making the nuggets. My 8 year old immediately told him to do the almond flour coating and put the nuggets on the sheet while he coated the chicken in olive oil first. He also told him to use his hands to do 2 separate jobs. One was coating the nuggets, and the other was picking them up and placing them on the ungreased cookie sheet. I was impressed by my son’s leadership and planning and willingness to include his brother in his cooking project.
Review: The recipe was easy to make, though because of the knife, adult help and supervision is required. If you’re not used to the taste of almond flour, it is a bit different. We also prefer a spicier nugget; next time, we’ll double the amount of the spices.
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or split chicken breasts
2 cups Trader Joe’s almond meal
2 T arrowroot powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
sprinkle of ground pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1. Mom cuts chicken breasts in 1 inch cubes and places them on a large plate. Mom preheats oven to 400 degrees.
2. Child measures the coating ingredients and mixes them together in a bowl.
3. Child measures the olive oil and pours it into a small bowl.
4. Using one hand, child dips chicken cubes into olive oil, and takes them out with the other hand, and drops them into the coating. After rolling the nuggets in the coating, the child places them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Mom puts the cookie sheets into the oven and sets the timer for 15 minutes. Mom flips the nuggets halfway through the baking time. Mom checks for doneness since the nuggets may need another 5 minutes.
6. Everyone eats.
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