Just what the kids love and the moms can feel good about giving! Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets that are healthy, homemade, and free of the top 8 allergens! Everyone can rejoice with this classic childhood dinner recipe and bring the health back to the family dinner table!
You didn’t think I’d leave with just the side dish to one of the most favorite classic childhood dinner meals, did you? Never! I like to finish things I started; never leave a meal incomplete! Now, I’ve told you about my weird cravings for fish sticks awhile back, but chicken nuggets are something even stronger! Chicken nuggets are always a thing in our house (and still are a huge staple in my brother’s, 22-year-old, diet. I know…I did the grocery shopping!)
Chicken nuggets are sadly so ultra-processed and full of fillers, oils, and weird unnecessary things (even the allergy-friendly brands). Needless to say, I hadn’t had some good ole’ chicken nuggets in years. I missed that childhood favorite, dipped in pools of ketchup. Damn the gluten, soy, egg, dairy….(really, why do that have to make everything with soy, even the more “allergy-friendly” brands?) Soy is cheap and GMO…I guess that’s why. So unnecessary!
But hey, that just gives me a new challenge in the kitchen to tackle, which is fine by me. This old favorite of mine mustn’t be keep away from my belly! Have you ever met a child who scorned chicken nuggets? I don’t think so! It’s a fast food staple too and you know I won’t even begin to rant about that! It’s bad enough buying the processed ones at the grocery store, but the fast food versions? NOOOOO!
My healthy golden nuggets are breaded in crushed corn flakes, spices, and some mustard to help the breading stick, then baked to perfection in the oven with not a drop of oil in sight. Say goodbye to anything that’s a slurry of ground-up scariness or deep-fried and soaked in oil. You can pronounce the name of each ingredient here, see them all laid out, and probably have everything right in your kitchen at this very moment.
We can call these “classy nuggets”. Not only will the kiddos love them, but you, my dear (older) reader, will too! Since I feel as though I’m part kid, part adult, I know these are approved by the masses. Totally approved by the food allergy folks! Chicken nuggets are essential to any childhood, there’s no debate there! I guess there could be debate if you don’t make it homemade. Good thing you no have homemade tater tots, homemade ketchup, and now homemade chicken nuggets!
When your kids come running home from school and asking, “What’s for dinner? Chicken nuggets? Please!”, you can now heed to their demands of nuggets and ketchup without a hint of guilt. You’ll even have a perfect dinner for yourself as well! The whole family can sit down at the table and savor this childhood and family classic. A dinner full of conversation, healthy food, allergy-freedom, laughs, and love awaits!
Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cut the chicken tenders into 1-inch pieces and place in a bowl with the dijon mustard to coat them.
- In a large plastic bag, combine all the breading ingredients and crush to a fineness of your liking.
- Pour the coated chicken into the breading bag and shake to coat.
- Add the fully coated chicken to a greased baking dish with any additional breading sprinkled on top, and bake for 25 minutes in the oven.
As they say, dinner is served! This will satisfy any chicken nugget craving you have, I guarantee you! I know my next task is to make homemade fish sticks…I will…eventually. For now, these nuggets will suit us all just fine. With some ketchup and potatoes, we just can’t go wrong!
So tell me:
+ Are/were your kids (or you) a chicken nugget lovers?
+ What’s a dinner meal you always asked for growing up?
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