Monday, October 8, 2012

New Recipe! Clean Eating Apple Chicken Nuggets

New recipe alert!

Chicken Apple on the left! Added carrot to the bites on the right!
My husband was hogging the computer this morning working remotely, so I had some time on my hands when I would otherwise be working. Not one to really enjoy spontaneous free time, I started itching for something productive to do. It was a pretty easy choice: make food for the baby! I put together these Chicken Apple Nuggets for his lunch and made a couple of modifications that I think you'll like.

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Toddler Bistro. These "meatballs" are really yummy and good for grown-ups too.

Chicken Apple Nuggets

Mini muffin tins are perfect for these.
1 lb ground chicken breast
1/3 cup finely chopped red onions
1 apple, peeled and finely diced
Parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic...whatever you like to season with. I also added a little cajun seasoning.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini-muffin pan.
2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, seasoning to taste.
3. Roll the mixture into balls (mine ended up being almost the size of a golf ball) and place each one into one of the muffin tins.
4. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Yield: 2 dozen nuggets

Modification: After I made the first dozen, I decided to change up the next batch with some  grated carrot and about 2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese. They were pretty yummy too!

These are really, really good. They're also easy to make and great for adding to soups, used as an appetizer at a party, or dipped into homemade bbq sauce. Each one has about 50 calories, thanks to them being baked, not fried! Enjoy!

Get out there and get healthy today, even if that includes chicken "nuggets." 



Anonymous said...

Made these tonight. My husband loved them.

Healthy Heather said...

That's great! My little one is partial to the version with the carrots added in. I like them, too!