homemade tot friendly chicken nugget bites

My little guy loves his chicken nuggets and while there are some great and convenient frozen ones, the sodium is often high and I feel better homemaking most of his meals. Here’s a great way to make nuggets yourself while still keeping them tender, juicy, and easy to chew for newly chomping toddlers! Fully cook them before freezing and you have an easy go-to weeknight meal for those days when it’s daddy’s turn for dinnertime 🙂 Here’s my recipe for Tot Friendly Chicken Nugget Bites.

Toddler Nuggets!

Toddler Nuggets!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pieces of cooked skinless rotisserie chicken breast (I usually make one for the week to have on hand for quick lunches and dinners for me and my little guy)

Rotisserie chicken is great to have in the fridge for a quick protein addition yo weekday lunches or dinners

Rotisserie chicken is great to have in the fridge for a quick protein addition to week day lunches or dinners

1 egg

A pinch of salt for flavor

1 cup breadcrumbs (I used Italian because it’s what we had on hand, but any will do! Flavor to your child’s liking 🙂 )

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Blend chicken, egg, and salt in a food processor. (Yuck, I know. It reminds me of my baby food pureeing days!)

Lovely, I know

Lovely, I know

Make sure to keep the chicken moist and not overcook. Dry chicken to start=dry nuggets to finish!

Make sure to keep the chicken moist and not to overcook. Dry chicken to start = dry nuggets to finish!

Shape into fun forms or keep them simple and round like I do since I’ll be chopping them into bite-size pieces anyway! Toss in the breadcrumbs and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a little EVOO for a crispier coating.

Use fun cookie cutters to shape for older children

Use fun cookie cutters to shape for older children

A few extra nuggets to freeze!

A few extra nuggets to freeze!

Bake for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Oops, I forgot the EVOO and they stuck! Mommy brain! Still just as delicious :)

Oops, I forgot the EVOO and they stuck! Mommy brain! Still just as delicious 🙂

Enjoy immediately or cool and then freeze. Just pop in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or warm in the oven when you’d like to re-heat!

Easy to cut, serve, and chew for my little guy!

Easy to cut, serve, and chew for my little guy!

These nuggets are a great, healthy way to ensure your little one is getting the protein they need to grow big and strong! I love that I can control exactly what is going into his food and feel confident about what I’m serving him. This is also an awesome recipe to play with. Add a little cheese or BBQ sauce for a fun addition!

Eat Well Little Foodies!,

Stephanie a.k.a. Luca’s Mom a.k.a. The Foodetarian

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