I called my husband and said that we were having some kind of chicken for dinner and he immediately requested chicken nuggets. He's like a kid--give him burgers, nuggets, and pizza everyday and he would be happy. But they really are nice for a change from "grown-up" food. They're so fast and easy to make--I had forgotten how much I liked the small breaded bites--yum! And you can change around the seasoning of the breading, giving them different tastes. Tonight I served them with bulgur, cooked with a little thyme and garlic, and green beans. Continue for recipe.
Baked Chicken Nuggets
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 T Parmesan cheese (or more)
2 t salt (or less, depending on amount of cheese)
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t basil
1/2 t paprika
Soak chicken in buttermilk.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a gallon sized ziploc bag, mix crumbs and seasonings.
Add chicken to bag and shake to evenly coat all pieces.
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place chicken on sheet. (For a crispier nugget, place chicken on a cooling rack and place on top of the sheet.)
Lightly spray chicken with cooking spray.
Bake for 15-18 min.
Broil for 2 more min.
**Feel free to vary the spices: Old Bay, Creole are nice for some spice.