C is for Chicken Nuggets and Star Chips for The Kids Cook Monday

Chicken nuggets are a food that most young children like.  However the nutritional value of many purchased nuggets is questionable to say the least.

Homemade chicken nuggets are quick and easy to make and are a great recipe for children to help with in the kitchen.  Baking the nuggets in the oven rather than frying them makes them an even healthier option.  We partnered our nuggets with a serve of homemade oven baked chips, some tomato sauce and a green salad on the side.

Baked Chicken Nuggets and Star Chips Recipe
Serves 4

1 kg potatoes, peeled
Olive oil cooking spray
400g chicken breast fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
¾ cup buttermilk
1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs (we crushed our own cornflakes but you can buy cornflake crumbs)
½ teaspoon dried mixed herbs
Tomato sauce and a green salad to serve


1. Preheat the oven to 180oC fan-forced. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

2. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat.

3. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until just tender. Drain and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

4. Cut each potato into 1cm thick slices and use a star-shaped cutter to cut potato slices into stars. 
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Cutting the potato slices into stars.
5. Place potato stars onto one of the prepared trays and spray with the olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the chips over.

6. Meanwhile, place the chicken cubes in a large mixing bowl and add the buttermilk.  Toss to coat. 

7. Place the cornflake crumbs and dried herbs in another bowl and mix well.
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Bee getting the cornflake crumbs ready
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Coating the chicken cubes in buttermilk
8. Remove the chicken cubes, one piece at a time, from the buttermilk and shake off the excess. Place the chicken in the cornflake crumbs and coat well. 
Baked Chicken Nuggets

9. Place the coated chicken cubes on the prepared tray.  Repeat with remaining chicken cubes.
Baked Chicken Nuggets

10. Spray the coated chicken with the olive oil cooking spray.
11. Add the nuggets to the oven with the chips and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway.
Baked Chicken Nuggets

12. Serve with sauce and a green salad.

Baked Chicken Nuggets
Baked Chicken Nuggets and Star Chips

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