Wednesday, 1 May 2013

How to Make Toddler Approved Homemade Chicken Nuggets

So I thought I didn't have a picky eater, until a few months ago when my son started to refuse to eat some kinds of vegetables. I know this is something most parents experience. It got to the point where if I knew he doesn't like something I would avoid giving it to him so I wouldn't end up with the vegetable on my face or on the floor. But as someone who tries to eat healthfully and I want my son to eat healthy too I knew I had to figure out a way to sneak in those veggies he is not particularly fond of.

Today's recipe is one that I wanted to create to see if  could hide spinach in some homemade chicken nuggets. I have to say that they turned out awesome! He loved them and so did I. 

Chicken Nuggets

1 lb   extra lean ground chicken
1/2 box frozen spinach, thawed and excess water strained out
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt 
1/4 tsp. pepper

Coating Mixture
1/3 c. ground flax seed
2/3 c. rice cereal, crushed
2/3 c. bran flake cereal, crushed
1/4 c. parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Toddler's Helping Hands

For the coating mixture:
To crush the rice and bran cereals, I put it in a zipper, freezer bag along with the flax seed and let my toddler help me crush it. He thought it was great that I was letting him crush his food. Next add to the crushed cereal  the grated parmesan and the crushed red pepper flakes. 

In a bowl, add spinach, egg, salt and pepper to the lean ground chicken. Mix until well incorporated.

Once this is done, form into whatever shape you want whether it be meatball shape, disc, animals, or fingers.  Then  roll the chicken nugget into the coating mixture and place in a baking dish.

The two shapes I tried. A finger like shape on the left and a more traditional nugget shape on the right. 

Bake for about 30 minutes or until done.

Ta Da ! Yummy Toddler Approved Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Let me know how yours turned out!


  1. Those actually look pretty tasty - I would eat them as an adult haha! I just wanted to stop by and say hello - I was in the Alt class yesterday so that's how I discovered your site.

    1. Hey Amanda! Thanks! They are really good. Maybe I should change the name to toddler & adult approved. LOL. Thanks for coming to visit. Looking forward to checking out your site.


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