Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Seasoned Bread Crumbs

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Nom, nom, nom. I haven’t stopped eating delicious food all day!

I spent the morning running errands – dropping off clothes at the dry cleaners (need to get that butter out of my pretty, purple dress – standard,) getting my car washed (still exciting even at 27,) tackling Costco (which wins the award for worst parking lot design in the entire city), the mall (surprisingly serene) and over to a friend’s parent’s house to pick up a bridesmaid dress!

It was at said friend’s parent’s house that I was sent home with Christmas Bread!!! Doesn’t it look like fruit cake?! Well it is, kind of.

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You see, my friend’s Mom mixes whole dates, fresh cranberries and big, fat walnuts with eggs and a few other ingredients, then bakes it up into this rustic-chic treat. I feel like I want my house decorated in this loaf.

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It is soooo delish too. Moist, crunchy, chewy, and simple. This is the same Mom who sent me home with those Power Cookies a few months ago – she is baker/cook/chef extraordinaire! Oh, Moms. ;)

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Lunch was just as colorful – a big Kitchen Sink Salad!

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In the mix:

  • Dole lettuce medley
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Dried cranberries
  • Pecans
  • Chevre

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I drizzled Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette on top and it was HEAVENLY. PS why don’t I eat mandarin oranges more often? They are so frickin’ good!

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I could only find them packed in light syrup, so I strained and rinsed them with cold water before topping my salad with them. They are so juicy!

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Several Christmas cookies at my parent’s house later (my Dad’s an elementary school teacher, aka he gets GOBS of chocolate, cookies and candy for every holiday – sweet!) I was home and ready to make dinner. Homemade Chicken Nuggets!!!

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Here’s the thing, since my menu this week had three chicken dishes, I thawed and prepped all my chicken last Sunday, and all I had to do each night this week was take it out and cook it. Therefore tonight’s nuggets, cut from 2 large chicken breasts, were already trimmed and cut for me!

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I rinsed and dried the chicken, then seasoned both sides with salt & pepper.

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These guys were hand breaded, so I set up a breading station consisting of the chicken, a dish with 4 whisked egg whites,

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and a dish with homemade bread crumbs!

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Making homemade bread crumbs is SO easy – you NEED to try it! All I did was take a bunch of leftover dinner rolls, tore them into pieces and let them dry on a plate all day. There were a few hunks that weren’t completely dry when it was time to make the crumbs, so I baked them in the oven for a few to dry out.

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Afterwards, I popped the pieces in my food processor and let ‘er rip!

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At this point I could have used these crumbs to bread my chicken, but I wanted seasoned bread crumbs.

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I got out salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder and basil,

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and just eyed the amounts to add in and season the crumbs up.

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When everything was seasoned and processed, I put half the breadcrumbs away for another day, and added parmesan cheese to the remaining crumbs.

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Nugs ahoy!

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All you do is dip the chicken in the eggs whites, then breadcrumbs and place them onto a cookie sheet topped with a cooling rack. Give the tops a spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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After 15 minutes, the chicken was done, but the top wasn’t as golden brown as I would have liked, so I let the broiler brown them up for a few minutes.

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They smelled so amazing!!!

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Luckily they tasted even better!!!

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Dunked in some cool ketchup,

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and chomped. :D

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The breadcrumbs were crunchy, cheesy and had just the right amount of flavor from all the seasonings.

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I’m telling you – MAKE THESE! They are so fun to eat and definitely bring out the kid in you. Plus they’re just crazy good.

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I roasted broccoli for the side. Shocking, I know. ;) 

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In other news, I picked up the new Ken Follett book, Fall of Giants, at Costco today! (ps if you want cheap books – head to Costco!) He’s the guy that wrote Pillars of the Earth (seriously fans, you’ve GOT to watch the mini series!!!!!!) and World Without End that I was telling you about.

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It’s about 5 interrelated families across the world and their struggles with World War I, the Russian Revolution and women’s suffrage. He’s a sensational writer – I am SO jazzed to get started!

Have a great night!

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Does anyone have and/or want a Kindle?

Some people, like my Dad & husband, like the feel of a solid book in their hands. I, on the other hand, would love to not have to lug 1,000+ page books around!

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Comments

  1. christina 12.23.2010

    i need to thank you for introducing me to roasted broccoli. oh. my. goodness. it is my new favorite!! soooo delicious!

  2. I like having the book. I have an Ipad buthavent downloaded the books yet. I dig books on CDs lately!

  3. I just wrote a few days ago about why I DON’T want a Kindle. I love holding books!

  4. kate 12.23.2010

    I just got a kindle a few months ago and love it! It is the absolute best for traveling when you can download books instantly.

  5. Liz 12.23.2010

    I have an iPad and didn’t think I’d ever read books on it, but honestly I find myself using it for that the most. It is so nice to download a sample of a book for free, read the first chapter and know right away if I want to buy it or not!

    The only problem is I used to get all my books from the library and never buy books. Now i’m buying them. However, my library has ebooks and will soon have an app for the iPad. Can’t wait.

    First thing my husband said when he found out you could read ebooks on the iPad was “wow, does this mean we can leave that extra suitcase of books at home when we travel”??? I err.. like to read a lot!

  6. Love the feel of books, but leaving in an apartment, I love the space saving of a kindle/ereader. Alas, I’m also cheap cheap and just get books from the library. :)

    P.S. I’m a teacher too, and my hubs and I can’t put down the candy either! One of my students knows my love of cooking and got me some pampered chef. How cute!

  7. Mary Ann 12.23.2010

    I don’t really have an opinion one way or the other on the Kindle/Nook. It would be nice for travel but I don’t know if I would really sit around my house reading it. I have a book cartridge for my DS (100 classics) that is pretty cool, but it was only $20.

    Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar? It is sooooo good as a vinaigrette for salads…actually I don’t even bother with oil, just sprinkle the sweet vinegar over and add some salt and pepper.

  8. Lauren 12.23.2010

    Those nugs do look AMAZING!!!! I love making my own bread crumbs, its definitely a HUGE difference when you make your own than open a can.

    And that bread does look pretty fantastic. I love the gigantic hunks of dried fruits all throughout.

    Glad you got so much done today. Enjoy the night. ;)

  9. Dawn Patricia 12.23.2010

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this nugget recipe!!! I actually love ketchup n’ chicken nuggets and I was prepping some holiday dip I made and was wondering what I’d do with the cup or so I had left of ketchup (everyone in my family sans my husband and myself will literally eat ketchup on anything…my dad puts it on his SALAD!!!). So this one’s in the queue, right after your spring rolls from a few nights ago. I don’t like the idea of a Kindle because I love the feel of a book’s cover (smooth, grainy, wrinkled from love in a used bookstore???) and the cover design too, being able to see the story’s length and smell that new-paper scent of the pages. I’ve bought many books just based on the cover art (sometimes a good choice, sometimes not), and I’d miss seeing that in the bookstore. It depresses me to know that in twenty or so years the book will probably be obsolete. Although, when I buy books for school the thought of downloadable textbooks at a fraction of the cost is soooooo nice!!! I don’t know, I love the idea of an Ipod, because I love to just download a few songs I like rather than purchase the whole cd, but there is something sacred about books, ya know? I’ll be super super super busy in my kitchen tomorrow so have a wonderful holiday, Kristin! Much love from New Hampshire!!!

  10. Wow, that Christmas Bread looks AMAZING!
    No Kindle for me. I LOVE real books!

  11. A.J. 12.23.2010

    I have a Kindle. I love it! I still prefer the library, where I can get books for FREE. But, if I’m gonna buy a book, I buy it for my KINDLE. The Kindle is lightweight, easy to read from, and holds tons of books.

  12. I definitely need to make these since I have a toddler…and a husband who likes to eat food like a toddler.

  13. Lindsey 12.23.2010

    OK..so I guess I somehow missed the post from when you went to that wedding at the aquarium..OMG mashed potato bar…are you serious??!! best. idea. ever.

    as for a kindle..no thank you! i love having real books and filling up my bookshelves :)

  14. Amy 12.23.2010

    I love the feel of books – probably a good thing since I’m on my way to becoming a Librarian! That being said, I do want a Kindle. It seems like the perfect thing to take on my daily commute and on vacations. I alway take up so much room carrying a bunch of books for a trip. With a Kindle, it would be so light!

  15. hey, i made chicken nuggets the other night… so delicious!

  16. jad18 12.23.2010

    I love actual books, but they take up so much room in our house that my boyfriend got me a kindle. I love it. It is especially nice for taking on trips b/c you can bring many books w/out having to lug around a bunch of books.

  17. Rhona 12.23.2010

    I got a kindle for my bday and it is life changing! Portablem cute, light. It is like the best thing ever. Also, you can a lot of the time get the ebooks cheaper at amazon.com or online than in the stores. I am addicted. And, my book clutter has been reduced ten fold.

  18. Lesley 12.23.2010

    Do you think your friend’s mom would give out the recipe for that bread? It looks insanely good. Not to outshine the nuggets though. I broke up with regular old nuggets last year after learning how they were made (the horror!), so making them at home seems like the way to go!

  19. Dream Mom 12.23.2010

    I’d love a kindle!

  20. Maggy Slater 12.23.2010

    My boyfriend purchased a kindle because he is an english major and has soo many books. He uses it alot and it’s way easier to use when you’re someone who like’s to travel.

  21. Kristin from MN 12.23.2010

    I think a kindle would be cool but I don’t know how much I would actually use it. My coworker has one and likes it. I just got an ipod touch so I plan to rent audio books from the library and load those on it so I can listen to them while at work! I am so excited but first I need to finish reading the book I am currently working on – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I just got to the good part so it shouldn’t be too much longer!

  22. Marg 12.23.2010

    I’m not a big reader and have yet to use my Kindle I got last year as a gift, but I’m going to try and start using it. One thing that was pointed out to me was the ease of flipping pages vs. an actual book.

    Only bad thing I know at my library the Nook is compatible with the digital books, but the Kindle is not.

  23. Yum Yucky 12.24.2010

    I’ve never ever had mandarins in my salad. I need to get on the bangwagon! And I’m hoping for one of the food processor thingys for Christmas. I won’t hold my breathing about it, though. I might pass out by New Year’s.

  24. Amber 12.24.2010

    Mmmm, I’m so making those chicken nuggets some day! Looks awesome!! Tonight we made the white chocolate Ritz bits cookies. You’re right. Addicting.

    We got my my dad a Nook for Christmas and I’m very tempted, but I agree with your dad and Ben. I like the feeling of a book in my hands, plus I love having them all on the bookshelf. I’m a nerd and someday I want a room dedicated to books in my house. My own library! :)

  25. maily 12.24.2010

    Even though i think the kindle is a good idea, i love physical books! I love the smell and feel of them!

  26. Manya 12.24.2010

    Paper, paper and only paper! The smell, the feel of a book.
    Kristin, I want to wish you Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful time!

  27. Rachel 12.24.2010

    My mom, dad & younger sister all have Nooks & they’re trying to convert me. However, my husband pretty much has his own library in our basement, and we both agree that with a toddler around, there’s no way we’re getting an e-reader. That, and we’re traditionalists. We like books. :)

    And those nuggets look awesome! Last night indeed must’ve been breading/breadcrumbs night…I made some breaded chicken myself!

  28. Sara 12.24.2010

    Ingenious! Those chicken nuggets look delicious, especially since they’re real chicken with real breading – no weird ingredients there :D I’ll be making those for the roomies for sure!

    Is there any way you could post the recipe for that gorgeous loaf your mom made?! It is seriously a work of art!

  29. Rachel 12.24.2010

    I read your blog daily and have never commented. I love everything about your blog BTW!! I have used many recipes and since we used to live near Denver I love looking at those trip pics too. I chimed in this morning to let you know that if you’re wanting to check ebooks out instead of buying them all, you should probably go with a Nook instead of a Kindle. That’s what I have and they’re compatible with Wilbur which is what most of the libraries around here are using for their ebooks. That being said, I still love reading an actual book, but they do weigh a lot less and can hold gobs of stuff. Have a great Christmas!

  30. Jacki 12.24.2010

    I’m with the boys. Love the feel of the book. Plus I stare at a computer screen all day and feel that is what reading off the kindle would feel like….work.

  31. Mellissa 12.24.2010

    I have a kindle and I LOVE it. I will never go back. I was hesitant but now am really in love with being able to have just one book with me.

  32. Tracy 12.24.2010

    I have an ipad and use it for my “book” and LOVE it. I just bought my 11 year old daughter (Voracious reader, can’t keep her in books) a kindle and she (and I) LOVE it. Get one!

  33. jordan 12.24.2010

    if you like ken follett, you should get “jackdaws.” my girlfriend and i both really liked it (she’s even read 4 or 5 times!). i’m definitely going to check out the ones you’ve suggested :)

    i LOVE real, solid books, but i don’t think i would turn a kindle down, if only to be able to have reading material on me at all times!

  34. Sarah 12.24.2010

    I bought a Nook last month and <3 it, so freaking much! I like being able to throw one thing in my tote then have a myriad of reading choices on the train to/from work :)

  35. Tonya 12.24.2010

    I so want a Kindle or Nook. Love the fact that you can buy a book and have it in a minute. I can’t wait to try these chicken nuggets!

  36. Cindee Ellenbarger 12.25.2010

    I just picked this up from the library on Wednesday, so far so good. Pillars of the Earth is my all time favorite with World Without End as a second runner up.
    I love the feel of a book–the smell of the pages just makes me happy. Not sure I’d enjoy a kindle. I’m married to an English teacher so we have a mini-library in our home.

  37. T.P. 12.26.2010

    I got a kindle last Christmas. I love it. I wasn’t sure if I would like not having a physical book in my hands, but it is really convenient. I love it that it has a paper-like screen as well. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading a variety of books. You can find a lot of free or super cheap books on Amazon as well!

  38. Lesley 12.26.2010

    I have a Kindle and I love it…I don’t miss “real” books at all. I love that I can learn about a new book from a friend or on the internet and purchase it right away without having to head out to the library or store. I’ve taken my Kindle with me everywhere…it’s been on the beach in Hawaii, in my bathtub, on a cruise to the Caribbean, on countless flights, you name it! So convenient.

  39. Miranda 12.27.2010

    I love my kindle, best present ever, got it in July for my birthday and couldn’t live without it!

  40. Sarah 01.01.2011

    Loved this! I left them in the broiler too long and they got burnt, but the chicken inside was still very tender. I only had two eggs, so I used two egg whites instead of four and it was enough for a 14 oz package of chicken tenders. Served with mashed potatoes for my boyfriend (yuck — I hate them!) and a package of 50 cent Lipton spanish rice with some sour cream and cheese for me.

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  42. Cheryl 01.03.2014

    Hi you said that they weren’t crispy enough try baking the crumbs alone ahead of time thats what I do and they come out so much better..hope this helps Happy New Year to all of you! 2014

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