Just say no to nuggets!
I am back with another easy recipe in our ‘just so no to nuggets’ campaign!
There are so many ways to make a healthy chicken ‘nugget’ very quickly and easily. I am going to keep giving you recipes until I run out of ideas. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to tell you that processed chicken nuggets are not a healthy option for kids to be eating regularly. Even saying the word nugget makes me cringe…. so I am calling mine ‘bites’!
Polenta Chicken Bites
Vital Stats: gluten free, egg free
Okay, so this is what you need:
4 large free range, organic chicken thigh fillets
3/4 cup organic polenta (cornmeal)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons organic Herbamare
2 tablespoons organic greek yoghurt or sour cream
macadamia oil or your choose of fat
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Cut the chicken into big chunks. Chuck the chicken into a bowl, fling in the yoghurt and stir it around. If you want, you can leave this mixture in the fridge all day as it tenderises the chicken nicely.
Put the polenta, garlic powder, paprika and Herbamare in a shallow bowl and mix well. Throw in the chicken chunks one at a time and coat with the polenta. I use one hand for chicken and the other for polenta so it doesn’t get too messy!
Place the chicken on a large tray with sheet of baking paper underneath. Spritz the chicken all over with some macadamia oil. Don’t buy the nasty spray oils in a can as they contain sugar and chemicals. I put my oils into a pump oil sprayer (get them from a kitchen store) and use it like that. This is the one I have here. Much healthier!
** Of course you can always cook these in a pan with some macadamia oil or ghee/tallow but I find it really messy!
Fling into a hot oven (200 degrees celsius) for about 10 minutes or until just cooked. You want the chicken to be nice and juicy. Serve them up with some salad and a dipping sauce. Homemade mayo with mango chutney is really nice or some homemade tomato sauce.
These polenta chicken bites are gluten-free. If you need them dairy free too, you could use homemade mayonnaise instead of the yoghurt. Find my recipe here. They will feed a family of four. I often make up a double batch and the kids enjoy them on a wrap with salad the next day for lunch.
I love it when you chat to me! Come back and tell me how you went and if the kids liked them.