Chicken Nuggets with Mac’n Cheese

October 16, 2007 at 1:44 am | Posted in broccoli puree, Family Meals, flaxseed meal, spaghetti squash puree | 3 Comments

My dear hubby is playing in a golf tournament today and will be home late, so it’s the just kids and I for dinner. My game plan: Deceptively Delicious Chicken Nuggets with Macaroni and Cheese and veggies on the side.

The Macaroni and Cheese is easy…I open up a box mix from Trader Joes (Shells and Cheese with White Chedder) and cook the noodles as instructed. After draining the noodles, I add 1/2 cup of spaghetti squash puree and the cheese packet. I mix well and notice the puree has left, “texture”, so I pop the lid on it and let it sit a bit. In just five minutes, it’s perfect. I absolutely cannot taste the spaghetti squash, this one will be easy, I think naively.

The Chicken Nuggets are a bit more involved.

  • 1 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 T grated parmesan
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/2 cup broccoli puree
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 T milk
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 T olive oil
  1. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, flaxseed meal, parmesan, garlic and mix well
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix the egg with a fork, add in the vegetable puree, milk and mix
  3. sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Dip the chicken into the puree mixture and then gently toss them in the breadcrumbs, careful to coat completely.
  4. Preheat a large nonstick skillet. Pour in olive oil. Place the chicken in the skillet in a single layer, careful not to crowd and cook until crisp and golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Then turn the chicken over and finish cooking the chicken through, about 4 to 5 minutes more. Adapted from Deceptively Delicious

And the verdict? Well, my daughter loved the chicken nuggets. She ate 5 of them in fact.

My son, on the other hand, balked at both the mac’n cheese AND chicken nuggets. I had to resort to my old trick of threatening no dessert if he did not eat at least one piece of chicken. Well, he did manage to get down one piece, but when I offered him a second, he said he didn’t like the green stuff in that one.

So, what do I think…he will happily eat plain chicken cooked with just salt and pepper, a great source of lean protein. But that still doesn’t help with the veggie part. I’ll make these again, what’s that rule for kids and food, 10 tried times…better go make more puree.


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  1. You crack me up :). I actually like the idea of these nuggets. Would you recommend a different puree instead of the broccoli? I’m curious b/c I think my sons would balk at this too!

  2. I would make these again, probably with butternut or spaghetti squash. But they were so yummy with the broccoli, my daughter and I ate them up!

  3. I think this sounds like a delicious recipe! I would most likely try it first with the butternut or spaghetti squash, since green veggies of any noticeable variety are taboo in this household (according to my four year old). The mac and cheese looks scrumptious!

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