There’s no time like the back-to-school season that makes me feel like a kid again. The scent of fresh school supplies, the gleaming tiled floors that haven’t been scuffed by kids’ sneakers, and the contagious excitement of a new beginning…it reminds me why I love what I do.
With all of this said, it’s hard to not start wanting a grilled cheese sandwich, rectangle-shaped pizza, or those other school cafeteria classics that were the highlights of my school days as a child. Okay, let’s be real, I loved those in middle and high school, and if we’re totally honest, through college as well.
But at some point, I realized my body doesn’t really appreciate the same diet of S’mores Pop-tarts and Cool Ranch Doritos that I thrived on in my younger years. I shudder at the thought of what would happen if I ate those now. My body would probably go on strike.
With all of that said, it doesn’t mean my mouth doesn’t water at the idea of gooey nachos or Chick-Fil-A nuggets. I know that if I restrict and resist myself too much- telling myself I can’t eat certain things- it could set-off a negative relationship with food that I have worked so diligently over the past few years to correct and overcome.
So the quest for homemade chicken nuggets began. I’ve tried tortilla chips, crushed nuts, potato chips, shredded coconut, and even granola. After years of experimentation, I’ve got it down.
But remember, I live with Mister Not-So Paleo. I love my deep-fried meat-and-potatoes husband, and he knows and appreciated that I don’t want him to go into cardiac arrest at age 30. So today, I’m sharing TWO chicken nugget recipes, one for the gluten-embracing family members in your house and one for the Paleo-friendly peeps.
For my chicken nuggets, I whip up a few eggs with a splash of almond milk. I toss a few cups of Chex cereal into my Vitamin and grind those into a crunchy flour. I pour it onto a plate and mix a little almond flour into the mix. Easy peasy.
For Will’s chicken nuggets, I simply pulverize pretzel sticks in my Vitamix until they become flour-like, with only a few small pieces of pretzel remaining throughout. Pour it out onto a plate with a little pepper, and you’re ready to start coating.
If you’ve never made chicken nuggets at home, don’t be nervous. It’s really not too messy, but I highly recommend you use one hand to dip the chicken into the eggs and your other hand to dredge into your flour concoction. Otherwise, your fingers quickly turn into a gummy, doughy mess.
A quick trip in the oven and you’ve got homemade chicken nuggets that will please the pickiest of eaters, Paleo or not.
I like to make a double batch of the nuggets, like 80 or so, and freeze about half after cooking. That way, I can pull 8 or 12 or 20 out at a time when I need a quick dinner.
Hopefully, your family enjoys these as much as my husband does. Every time, he goes on and on about how shocked he is that they're not fried. Trust me, your kiddos won't know the difference, either!
Paleo Chicken Nuggets
Have y'all ever made your own chicken nuggets? How did it go? Great success, or epic fail?
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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