Healthy chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets get a lot of bad press and usually for good reason. They are often made from poor quality ingredients and stacked with salt and fat. They are often overly targeted at children – featuring a starring role on the “kids” menu in many restaurants (not just fast food joints). It is fair to say that many of these nuggets are just plain crap food. However, it is possible to make delicious homemade healthy chicken nuggets.

Among children chicken nuggets are often revered. The prospect of having them for dinner is often accompanied with squeals of delight. My kids really do love the idea of them. Given how much kids like nuggets, I think it is great to have a standby recipe for homemade healthy chicken nuggets.

I think, and I would say this about almost all foods, that chicken nuggets are not necessarily bad. No food is bad. I think that restaurants should offer food that their patrons like to eat. Not to do so would be a very bad business model. However, nuggets don’t have to be made from reconstituted chicken bottoms and deep fried in yucky oil. Not that there is anything wrong with nose-to-tail dining, its ecologically friendly and more respectful to the animal that has lost its life to further the human species.

It is not very hard for mums and dads and restaurants to make healthy home made chicken nuggets. These can be really yummy and not necessarily unhealthy.

My current favourite recipe for healthy  chicken nuggets follows below. You can make this recipe in bulk and freeze them for an easy standby dinner. Leftover cooked ones could be put into lunch boxes. For some of our other Munch chicken nugget recipe check out these pesto chicken nuggets or you could try these chicken nuggets with vegetables.

Mummy to three small chicken nugget loving boys

Healthy chicken nuggets
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 25-30
  • 500g organic chicken thighs (5-6 thighs)
  • 1 x apple skin on, chopped into quarters
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • breadcrumbs (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 190 C.
  2. Put chicken and apple into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until you have a minced consistency.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add egg and oats to the bowl and combine.
  5. Roll into egg sized balls, coat in breadcrumbs and flatten with your hand.
  6. Set aside until ready to cook. You cold freeze them at this point.
  7. Place on a lined tray and bake for approximately 12 minutes.
You can freeze some uncooked nuggets for another meal.
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