Monday, February 2, 2009

Baked Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard and Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauces

My son is a huge fan of chicken nuggets and would eat at McDonald's every day if we allowed him to, but for the obvious health reasons, we try to limit his fast food intake. That child can easily put away ten chicken nuggets in one sitting...did I mention he's only 3 1/2?!? I decided to try and come up with a healthier alternative, because trust me when I tell you, he will not stop asking for his much loved chicken nuggets, until they are served to him and I refuse to cave and continuously give him fried, greasy chicken nuggets! This recipe is incredibly simple and something that I think most kids would really enjoy! As an alternative to dipping in butter (before coating), you could certainly use an egg or milk and I would even consider omitting the teaspoon of salt--the Italian breadcrumbs were seasoned heavily enough that additional seasoning seemed unnecessary. These chicken nuggets would even be a wonderful appetizer idea, that could be served with your favorite dipping sauce! I chose to make homemade honey mustard and sweet and sour dipping sauces, as those tend to be the ones that my family gravitates toward. (I cut the sweet and sour dipping sauce recipe in half since I was only using the three chicken breasts and added 1/2 a teaspoon of honey).

Baked Chicken Nuggets

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2 inch size pieces. In a medium bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Mix well. Put melted butter/margarine in a bowl or dish for dipping. Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter/margarine first, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place well coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Honey Mustard Dressing/Sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons cornstarch


Place the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.

Source: Allrecipes

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