Crispy Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ cups panko seasoned breadcrumbs 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Directions:

Wash and pat dry (paper towel) the chicken breasts. Cut into bite size pieces. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper and  onion powder. Toss till seasoning and flour are well combined.

In a separate bowl, crack and beat eggs. Set aside.

In a third bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs together using your fingertips. (You have created a breading station).

Working in batches, add chicken pieces to the seasoned flour mixture.  Coat then place chicken into the beaten egg and toss. Before placing the chicken into the breadcrumbs mixture, allow egg to drip off each pieces of meat. Next, toss chicken in the breadcrumbs. Repeat until all chicken has been coated.

Place breaded pieces on a baking sheet. 

In a large frying pan, fill half way full with vegetable oil and heat over medium high heat. When oil is ready, fry chicken nuggets in batches. Avoid over crowding pan. Fry on each side approximately 3-4 minutes, depending on size and thickness until golden brown.

Once cooked, remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt once excess oil has been drained from chicken. Serve warm.

Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Working together, allow your child to help create the seasoned flour mixture by adding the different spices to the all-purpose flour. Give them a fork and allow them to mix all ingredients. 
  • Have them help beat the eggs. Talk about where eggs come from and ask them what color are the eggs (either white or brown). 
  • Ask your child to help create the breadcrumbs mixture by allowing them to use their hands to combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Talk about the texture.
  • With adult supervision, work together to coat and bread the chicken nuggets. This part will get messy so we recommend keeping some kitchen towels on hand for your kitchen helper. 
  • Once the chicken nuggets have been cooked and cooled, practice counting from 1-5 with the nuggets. Ask them if they liked the nuggets!

Kid Chef

  • Have your child gently wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. Make sure they wash their hands thoroughly before moving onto any of the additional steps in the recipe.  
  • Using a kid-friendly knife, work together to cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Again, make sure they wash their hands after handling the raw chicken.
  • Practice precise measurements by asking your child to measure the flour and spices to create the seasoned flour. Have them mix the ingredients together with a fork.
  • Allow your child to crack the eggs and lightly beat them with a fork or whisk. 
  • Have your child prepare the breadcrumb mixture by measuring the ingredients and mixing them together.
  • Working together, have them coat and bread the chicken nuggets. You may also opt to have them do this part independently. 
  • With careful adult supervision, allow them to help fry the chicken nuggets in batches. Once they are cooked, they can help sprinkle salt over the finished nuggets.
  • When the chicken is cooked and cooled, let them taste their creation and tell you what they think!

 

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