Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables

Oh, I remember the days when the kids ate everything I put on their plates... They even used to eat Weetabix with yogurt, a meal we used to call affectionately "food for horses". Once upon a time rice cakes used to be called cookied in our house.

Unfortunately, as they grew up, the variety of foods they were willing to eat drastically decreased. In addition, My kids refuse to coordinate their love of food. So he will take his toast with ketchup, Emmental cheese and no olives, and she will only eat it without ketchup and with mozzarella cheese and olives. He loves spaghetti bolognese, she likes plain pasta. He loves honey, she likes maple sauce. I guess you get the point... One of the few things both eat is junk food, like McDonald's chicken nuggets. Since we really try to avoid junk food, I decided to make chicken nuggets at home, and even make them as healthy as possible. Surprisingly, it worked for us very well. Hopefully it'll work for you as well :)

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables


You'll need:
1kg (2.205 pound) boneless chicken breast
1 onion
1 peeled and diced potato
1 peeled and diced sweet potato
1 peeled and diced carrot
1 peeled and diced zucchini
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 eggs
3 tbsp. all purpose flour
salt and pepper
bread crumbs
oil

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables
 
Grind together chicken and onion.
 
Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables
 
Cook in water the rest of the vegetables, except for the garlic. Cook until soft enough to mash it with a fork, but not too soft.
 
Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables
 
Add garlic, eggs, flour, salt and pepper.
Mix until everything looks blended together.

Put the bread crumbs in a small bowl. Make flat nuggets from the chicken mixture and coat with bread crumbs.

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables


Heat the oil and fry a few minutes on each side, until they look golden brown.

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables


You can also freeze the nuggets after coating in the bread crumbs and before frying. When you take it out of the freezer, just let sit for about half an hour before frying.

One last tip - for babies you can make them the same way, just don't coat with bread crumbs, and instead of frying, just put it in the oven (180 celsius / 356 fahrenheit) for 15 min. then flip to the other side for another 15 min.

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables


Now serve your kids, cross your fingers and hope for the best!


Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables



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18 comments:

  1. This looks delicious!! And what a great idea for sneaking in some vegetables, too. I am definitely trying this..today! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Great, let me know how it went... :)

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  3. Great idea! I will have to try this!

    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  4. Great idea! Will be using it soon! Thanks for participating in Whatever Goes Wednesday!

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  5. Awesome idea! I need to sneak veggies into my kids meals too. Thank You so much for sharing on last weeks party. Hope to see more from you on my next party.

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    1. Thanks :)
      I always feel like I win a little when they eat these nuggets...

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  6. Fantastic idea - it is so hard to get them to eat vegetables but chicken nuggets are a favorite. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Thanks Maria :) My kids usually don't touch any type of cooked vegetable (I'm lucky enough - they do like raw veggies!), so I must be creative when cooking...

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  8. Great idea! I am always trying to find ways to sneak veggies in for my little girl! They sound yummy, too!

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at the Say G’day Saturday linky party.

    This week’s linky party has just started so I hope you can stop by and say g’day!

    By the way I just liked your new facebook page too!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. Thanks!
      I also liked yours :)

      Have a great weekend!

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  10. This is awesome! I'm doing this. Adding the ingredients to my grocery list! Thank you!!!

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    1. Thanks! Waiting to here how it came out!

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  11. Deff. going to have to try this. My son LOVES chicken it's like his favorite thing to eat, and he doesn't get much veggies so I will deff. have to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks :)
      Waiting to hear if he liked it...

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