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Homemade Chicken Nuggets {Kids in The Kitchen Series}

September 1, 2014
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Happy Labor Day!!  I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend and the extra day off today (hopefully)!

I’m back today with the second edition of our ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series.  This week, we’re making Homemade Chicken Nuggets!

My kids love Chicken nuggets from fast food places, but very rarely get to eat them (I think I can count the number of times on one hand).  Instead of fast food, we decided to make our own version … with healthy ingredients.  The result?  They LOVED these nuggets (and so did I), AND I felt good about giving these to them!  Real food.  Healthy food.  Kid Friendly.  Perfect lunch idea!

Now … the whole point of this ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ series is to get our kids involved in helping to make these meals and snacks, and this one was a fun one to help with!  Charlie had a great time (and was very proud of his nuggets!).

I found this recipe from Lisa over at 100 Days of Real Food (a great blog, by the way!!).  We adjusted it a bit, but it is very similar!


Here’s what you’ll need …

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  1. Chicken Breasts or Chicken tenders
  2. Breadcrumbs
  3. 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 t paprika
  5. 1/2 t garlic powder
  6. 1 egg
  7. Oil for cooking … we used Coconut Oil, but you could use just regular cooking oil.


  1. Before you call in the troops (aka your kiddos), get everything set up.  You’ll need three shallow bowls.  Slice up the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in one bowl.  Scramble the egg in the second bowl.  And mix up your breading in the third (mix together breadcrumbs, cheese, and spices).
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    Charlie making the breading mixture

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    Ready to dip!

  2. Now … Call in your helpers and get ready for the fun part!  If you have two helpers, make one the ‘wet’ dipper and one the ‘dry’ dipper.  In our case, Owen wasn’t excited about this project, so Matt acted as my ‘wet’ dipper, and Charlie the dry dipper.  Now … since you’re working with raw chicken and raw eggs, you’ll want to be sure your kids ‘keep their hands on the counter’ (and not touch anything else), and wash well as soon as they’re done.
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    Coating the chicken … or, ccording to Charlie, ‘getting the Chicken ALL SANDY’

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    Coated Chicken

  3. Clean up!

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  4. Then start cooking (kiddos can watch, but {obviously} YOU should do this part)!  Put enough oil in the sauté pan to create a thin layer at the bottom.  On medium LOW heat, add your chicken pieces.Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets  |  View From The Fridge
  5. After about 5 minutes (or when the first side is browned), flip and finish cooking on the other side.

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  6. DONE!  Add a dollop of ketchup, and enjoy!  (after the cool down just a bit)Homemade-Chicken-Nuggets-done
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Charlie enjoying his creation!


To balance out our meal a bit, we also made our version of ‘Ants on a Log’.  I sliced up apples, gave them little bowls of peanut butter, and had them ‘paint’ on the peanut butter and add the ants (dried cherries).


This lunch was a hit!  Hooray!

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Here’s the schedule for the rest of the ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series:


8/25: What’s for breakfast? (Check out our Gluten Free Pancake Poppers)

9/1: Let’s do Lunch!

9/8: Dinnertime!

9/15: Delicious Desserts.

9/22: Snack Attack!

9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)


Be sure to check out what these other lovely ladies made for lunch with the kiddos:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy


Now it’s your turn!  Do you have any good ideas for kids’ lunches?  Tips for getting your little ones involved in the kitchen?  Thoughts on quick and healthy school lunches?  If so, link ’em up here!  We’d love to see what ideas are out there!

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  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl September 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

    My kids love homemade chicken nuggets!
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  • Reply Echo September 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    These look so good, Katie! I should give them a try with my picky eaters!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Echo! These were a hit with my sometimes-very-picky eaters!

  • Reply Amber September 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    We’re definitely going to have to try this one! I’ve got a 3 year old that LOVES chicken nuggets but I can’t even stand the smell of the fast food ones so he hardly ever eats them lol. These look delicious though!
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I know what you mean … the fast food ones make me want to puke! The texture, the smell … ick! These ones, made with real chicken, are great! Both my husband and I loved them, too!

  • Reply Becka September 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Those look really good! I think my kids would love them! I also want your sink.
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Ha! The sink is mostly great. It is lethal to any dropped glasses, and needs to be scrubbed with baking soda to get rid of stains on a fairly frequent basis, but other than that it’s great. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney September 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    How exciting for the kids they get to help you in the kitchen! My boys love helping out. I need to try this recipe out now.
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    • Reply Katie September 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      This recipe is great … as long as they don’t touch anything with their raw chicken/egg hands!! I just kept saying, “hands on the counter” “hand where I can see them”!! They thought it was hilarious!

  • Reply Tanya @Mom's Small Victories September 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

    We love to make homemade chicken nuggets. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from SITS Sharefest.
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    • Reply Katie September 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Tanyq! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy weekend!

  • Reply Ida Granny September 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Will try your “nuggets”, look’s very good . But wish I could take out pictures . Or you had a copy button that takes out most pictures. Thanks for the “Kids Corner”.

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