Back when Audrey was a little kid, all she ever wanted to eat were chicken nuggets. I started buying them in bulk, it felt like my freezer would never hold anything again.
I’m serious. She had it bad.
I remember thinking “Oh great, I’ve got one of those kids…”
You know the ones, the “picky eater”. I guess in some sense we all have one of those kids, but I swore up and down mine was the worst of them all.
I dreaded birthday parties and BBQ’s if I hadn’t remembered to bring our own food because she would flat out refuse to eat. It kinda felt like she’d rather starve than try almost anything. She still doesn’t like chocolate and refuses to try anything that’s not Hershey’s.
I remember thinking that pumping her full of processed food, was;
- REALLY bad for her, and
- She would never learn to become an adventurous eater (and in our house that’s a dealbreaker) if I didn’t do something, and quick.
If I couldn’t beat her, I’d join her, and then beat her at her own game. Introducing my secret weapon.
They look straight out of a fast food chain restaurant ad, but I assure you, them’s clean eatin’!
She was around 4 and a half when I introduced the concept of helping me cook. Maybe she would take pride in what she had “made” and it would want to make her eat? Maybe, just maybe, I could get her to try something “new”. A new spin on an old favorite.
So I set out a few plates, cut up some chicken strips and had her help me.
Dip, coat, place in the pan, repeat.
It worked. I was shocked! Awestruck! Flabergasted!
She LOVED them and asked for them all the time. She told me they tasted better than *gasp* McDonalds. I had won, but in winning I had actually taught her something, somewhere down the line.
These little guys are tried and true 10 times over, and they only have a few ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand.
- Chicken breasts
- Corn Flakes (yes, the breakfast cereal)
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
That’s it! Sometimes on occasion I’ve added powdered ranch mix, just a sprinkle, to season the chicken beforehand, but salt and pepper is just fine too.
Start by crushing the corn flakes into a large bowl, and seasoning with the salt and pepper.
Slice the chicken breast into tenders, fingers, nuggets, whatever.
In a small bowl, beat the egg, and add the chicken to coat.
Dip each piece of chicken into the corn flake mixture and then set into a glass dish, sprayed with non stick spray or oil. I usually then take the few remaining corn flakes in the bowl and just sprinkle the top of each tender, for an extra crunch!
Cook in an oven preheated to 350* for at least 20 minutes for nuggets, 30 for fingers and 40+ for larger tenders.
Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite choice of dipping sauces! Hubby loves Buffalo, Mine’s Buffalo and Ranch, Abbey is a ketchup girl and Audrey loves Ranch too.
The greatest thing about these, is how simple they are to make, you can even have your kids help you dip them in the egg, then the corn flakes and then into the glass pan. Kids love to help out with the “grownup” chores. Just make sure you’re scrubbing their hands really well after they help cuz salmonella is a nasty thing.
Have you ever made these before? Do you have any favorite add ins? What are your favorite dipping sauces? Let me know in the comments below and make sure you follow me on Social Media so we can connect with each other!
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