Thursday, March 12, 2009

Baked Cheesy Chicken

This is a super yummy home-made version of chicken nuggets. My family loves chicken nuggets but I always wonder what all actually goes into the store-bought kind... it just doesn't seem like real meat to me :) So this recipe is great and has become one of my husband's favorites! I double the recipe and make them into chicken strips and they freeze great!

Ingredients: (organic when you can)
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. sea salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 egg
1 T. milk
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/4 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
6 thin boneless-skinless pieces of chicken, cut into smaller pieces if you'd like to make them kid-friendly and more "nugget" shaped. (Try to use chicken that is locally raised, free-range, no hormones, etc.)
2 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 baking dish with 1/4 c. melted butter. In one bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper & garlic powder. In another bowl beat together the egg and milk. In a third bowl, mix the cheese & bread crumbs. Dip each chicken piece first in flour, then egg mixture, then cheese mixture and place the pan. (Once you get everything in the bowls, it goes fast.) Drizzle 2 T. butter evenly over chicken. Bake 35 minutes in preheated oven, or until coating is golden brown and chicken juices run clear.
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Jessica said...

Oh man! I just made these for dinner and we all LOVED them. Andrew ate so many, and kept asking for more, that I had to cut him off. Rusty ate to his heart's content. And I had to protect myself from gluttony and make myself stop when I had had enough too. It takes a lot of time to prep this meal but it'll be a great addition every once in a while! Thanks!

Meg said...

Yay! So glad you liked them! I agree that they are a mess to prep, so I usually triple the recipe and freeze them so I don't have to make them often :)

Lauren said...

We had these for dinner tonight and ate the whole pan! And Darren, who normally doesn't get overly excited about anything, said "I love these things!" :) Thanks for sharing a great recipe - next time I will make them in bulk and freeze them!

Naomi said...

Megan, do you freeze these before you cook them or after? I am trying these tonight. They sound so yummy!

Meg said...

I usually go ahead and cook them and then freeze them so they will be all ready to just heat up quickly in my toaster over for a quick dinner :) Hope you like them!

Naomi said...

Wow! That was a fast response. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Do you know about how many pounds of chicken this recipe takes?

Meg said...

I like it to be well-covered, so I use this recipe for 1 pound, but you could probably coat it more thinly for 2.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! I have 4lbs of chicken in the fridge so will double the recipe and use 2lbs...or maybe I should quadrouple it and do all 4lbs!! :) So excited!