Monday, August 6, 2012

Kid Friendly Corner: Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Good morning!  As I was going through my recipes for the week I realized that there are a few Little A might not eat so I decided to play around with a gluten free chicken nugget recipe because what kid (and grown up) doesn't love a chicken nugget!  I already had some gluten free flour in my pantry but knew that wouldn't give me a crunchy nugget and the crunch is essential for a good nugget :)  I have also recently discovered the joys of making my own gluten free flours in the coffee grinder, so for this recipe I decided to make my own almond meal*.  Then Little A and I set up an assembly line on the kitchen table and got to work!

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets:
1lb chicken breast tenderloins                         
.5c gluten free flour
1 egg
water
1c almond meal
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare baking sheet with cooking spray (be generous so your nuggets don't stick!)
Cut chicken breast tenderloins** into cubes and place in bowl. (I am not a big fan of touching raw chicken so I used my kitchen scissors and then popped them in the dishwasher but you could also use a knife.)
Pour gluten free flour into a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour almond meal into a bowl. 
Beat egg with a bit of water to create an egg wash.
Now you are ready to make nuggets!  Dip chicken cube into flour, then egg wash, then almond meal and place on prepared baking sheet.
Repeat until you have dipped all your nuggets.
Bake for 15 minutes (or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle)

These nuggets were delicious!  I made enough to keep in the refrigerator for the week for Little A's dinners when I make something for the grown ups that might be not so kid friendly.  One quick note, these nuggets don't have the typical friend, processed crunch but the almond meal gives them a great texture.

Happy Eating!! :)

*Almond Meal: ground almonds with skin on, Almond Flour: ground blanched almonds with no skin
**Chicken breast tenderloins have a silvery tendon that runs along the top of them that you will want to be sure to remove when you cut them.

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