Aug 23, 2012

Baked Chicken Nuggets (Chicken Scampi)


Kids and adults will both love this delicious and healthier Homemade Chicken Nuggets.  Regular and gluten-free options here, too. Both are equally yummy! | manilaspoon.com

A few years ago our church published a cook book entitled "Among Friends". They contain recipes shared by the lovely and talented ladies from our church. I have used this cook book often (the wear-and-tear shows!) and have discovered so many delicious recipes. Some of them I return to time and again 'cause my family simply love them. One of the recipes which we've cooked many many times (years, in fact) is the Chicken Scampi by Rebecca Braam. This is such a wonderful chicken dish, beloved by kids and adult alike. It's quite easy to do as well, which I always like in a recipe!


Kids and adults will both love this delicious and healthier Homemade Chicken Nuggets.  Regular and gluten-free options here, too. Both are equally yummy! | manilaspoon.com


I would normally prepare this with bread crumbs as stated in the original recipe but for this version I  made it low-carb and gluten-free because Mark is trying a gluten-free diet and I am doing a low-carb diet. Works well for us! Instead of bread crumbs, I used ground almonds as substitute. Honestly, I was surprised that it turned out so good! Am glad that whenever we need to go wheat-free, there is this lovely alternative. We don't need to miss out on our favorite chicken dish! Of course, for those who don't need to be wheat-free, feel free to use the bread crumbs. They are both great, either way!

The original recipe called for about 2-3 lbs of chicken breasts but my small family can only manage one so the recipe has been measured to serve a small family of 4 (mine!). Feel free to adjust the amount if you wish to serve it to more people. Enjoy!


Ingredients

1 lb chicken breasts (about 2), cut into cubes (bite-size nuggets)
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs or 1/2 cup ground almonds  (for gluten-free version)*
3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp powdered garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste



*If you don't fancy the wheat-free version, use seasoned dry bread crumbs (like Italian)  for the same amount.

Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix. 




Add the chicken and coat with the mix. Alternatively, you may place the chicken with the dry ingredients in a large clear plastic bag. Shake until the chicken parts are fully coated.




For the Garlic Sauce:

3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed


Procedure


Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). In a large baking dish melt the sauce ingredients in the oven as it heats up.

Add chicken and coat with the garlic sauce.




Bake for about 20 minutes or until chicken is tender and fully cooked. Enjoy with, what else? Rice, of course! Serve it with a home-made and very simple thousand island dressing (just ketchup and mayo). Have a lovely meal!


Kids and adults will both love this delicious and healthier Homemade Chicken Nuggets.  Regular and gluten-free options here, too. Both are equally yummy! | manilaspoon.com

Adapted from Chicken Scampi by Rebecca Braam (Among Friends Cook Book)



Kids and adults will both love this delicious and healthier Homemade Chicken Nuggets.  Regular and gluten-free options here, too. Both are equally yummy! | manilaspoon.com



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13 comments

  1. Great vegan bread coating! Must try on other things now.....

    Thanks Abby!

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  2. Thanks for dropping by Jen. Trying to be a little healthier every step of the way.

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  3. I am curious if these would freeze well. I was just thinking of making extra and when my daughter is hungry she could microwave them or warm them in the oven for a snack. I am trying to find alternatives to buying the frozen snack foods and save some money in the process.

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    1. I see no reason why it cannot be frozen though I haven't tried it myself. When we do have left-overs I just put them in the fridge and reheat them in the oven the next day. So, if that's possible I think it can be frozen and reheated this way too. That's actually a great idea so thank you for asking. Next time, I will make a double batch and freeze some! Glad you stopped by! :-)

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  4. Hi,
    Please can you tell if the red powder in the dry ingredients is paprika, it does not feature in the list of ingredients.
    Will surely try this along with the Spinach Quiche Cups...
    Thank u for sharing

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    1. Yes, it is and thanks for pointing that out! Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks for pinning! We do love this dish and would have this often. Hope you enjoy it, too!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it. This is a huge family favorite. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Oh, I hope you get to try these Swasthi! This is a huge favorite in our house and is often eaten!

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  8. This looks like a great recipe! I'm pinning this one! :)

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