Wednesday, August 5, 2009

All Star Chicken Nuggets (SCD, GFCF, Nut-Free)

Who says a SCD mom can't compete with those frozen nuggets in cutsie shapes! Once upon a time, the only way to get my child to eat anything was to shape it into a star. These were a big hit. Although I'll have to warn you to make them at your own risk. I've burned my fingertips a few times. If you're not a daredevil then you can just shape them into patties. This makes a large batch which you can keep in the fridge and nibble on for a couple of days, or individually wrap and freeze. Believe it or not, these are actually good for breakfast.

3 cups Chicken, cooked
1 cup Vegetable, cooked (Carrots, Zucchini, Green Beans, etc)
3/4 teas Sea Salt
Spices to taste: Good options are Cumin, Chili Powder &/or Minced Garlic
2 Eggs
Oil or Butter for frying

Put chicken, veggies and salt into processor and pulse until just shredded. Put into a mixing bowl and season to taste. Mix in eggs.

If you're going to fry into shapes (again, at your own risk) you need metal cookie cutters, tongs, two spatulas and a butter knife. Heat your oil or butter in a non-stick skillet over a medium heat. Oil a cookie cutter and place in skillet. Carefully spoon in chicken mixture. After a few minutes when the first side is slightly browned, flip and cook on second side. When both sides are lightly browned put cookie cutter/nugget on a plate. With tongs in one hand holding the cookie cutter, use a butter knife to go around the edge of the nugget/cutter to free the nugget. It took me a few times and a few burned fingertips to get this down. Now I usually have two skillets going at once and can crank them out fairly quickly.

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