Saturday, April 29, 2006

Freezer Food Friday--Chicken Nuggets

Happy Friday!

First off, a question: is it infringing on copyright laws to share a recipe from a cookbook if I site the author and the book?

I have a feeling it is, so today's freezer food is more of an idea than an actual recipe. Chicken nuggets. My kids love 'em. Most days my son Julio (5) is like a poster child AGAINST the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, etc. He can sense when something has protein in it and instantly turns up his nose.

Me: Would you like a ham and cheese sandwich Julio?
Julio: Sure, but not with ham or cheese, just the bread and
But, he will eat chicken nuggets. And I hate the frozen ones you can buy. And the fast food variety. I can eat them if I don't actually look at them. So gross. Who knows what "parts" actually make up the nugget. Anyway, you can make your own, freeze them and then they are just as convenient as store-bought nuggets but better because you know they are made from an actual chicken breast and they are baked instead of fried.

I use a recipe out of "The Freezer Cooking Manual From 30 Day Gourmet: A Month a Meals Made Easy", a book that I highly recommend if you are interested in doing the freezer food thing. The recipe has you dip the chicken pieces in Ranch Dressing mixed with a little milk and then shake them around in a bag of bread crumbs. They are tasty. If you have a day when you are going to be around, you can easily make 5 or 6 batches and freeze them. It's kind of like making several batches of cookies, only with chicken.

I am sure you could use any chicken nugget recipe that you may already have. Here's one I found on that looks pretty good.

So, there you have it.

One more thing. A couple of weeks ago I did a post on Julio's love of making paper airplanes. Here is the most creative one I have see to date:

Any guesses as to what it is made of? (hint: it is Freezer Food Friday, wherein I talk about food and kitchen things)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Anonymous said...

I'm guilty of buying frozen nuggets for the first time last week. But after this post, I'll make my own next time. I just got tired of driving through and spending over $10 for two happy meals! Are those tortilla airplanes?

T said...

Tortilla plane... very cool
That would work well when we are 'flying' the food into my 2yo's mounth neeerrrooooow (plane sound)

smart mama said...

i am thinking quesadilla---( much like those served at my recent service fiesta- see blog)

momofalltrades said...

I'm with smartmama, it's a quesadilla. I made homemade chicken nuggets for *gasp* the first time in my eleven years of motherhood! I think I like your idea even better then the recipe I used last night!

Rachelle said...

What a cute lil plain. We have not introduced nuggets to Cam yet. But when I do, I am so making them!

Gabriela said...

You are all so smart!

It is in fact a quesadilla airplane. Quesadillas are one other way, besides nuggets, that I can get the kid to intake some protein. We have them frequently.

Kristen said...

Great idea! And perfect since I'm lookin' for new recipes! :-)

I'm guessing that it is a tortilla with cheese torn in half. Am I right? ;-)

Linsey Farley Jameson said...

ROFL!!!! "Sure no ham and no cheese!!!"

Super Happy Girl said...

It's kind of like making several batches of cookies, only with chicken. Oh man, tha was great!

I have added the "freezer cooking manual" to my book queue at our library. Hopefully I can get my hands on it by next week, and be a super cool cooking mom...instead of the quesadilla, sopa de fideos and enchilada mom I have become.

Anonymous said...

Yum, sound delicious. My kids have been begging me for chicken nuggets. I have just been too cheap to buy them. I will have to try your recipe. Your son is so creative with his food!!

Anonymous said...

Oh that is sooooooo cool a tortilla plane. Love the idea!! Love the hair changes below even more!! YOU are too funny!!

Ok question I am still trying to find Chinese 5 spice powder from a few Fridays ago. Where do I have to go to pick this mystery ingredient up?? Wally's doesn't have it. At least where I checked :)

Unknown said...

oh my word, that is the BEST nugget idea! I can't wait to try it out. I hate feeding my kids those nasty processed ones. THANK YOU!

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, also.

Anonymous said...

Having worked at a magazine, I have some great news for you on the copyright issue..actually, you can reprint the entire recipe without citing where you got it, as long as you change something in the recipe, i.e. the wording (even changing smooth to spreading works). Simple as that! :D