Meal Ideas for Kids: Toddler Perfect Chicken Nuggets

Children need a lot of energy during the day to help them learn to read, write, spell and do the rest of their schoolwork. It’s important for their bodies to be nourished with wholesome, healthy foods (that are also fun to eat!)

To help keep your little ones going throughout the day, we’re happy to feed more than just their minds with healthy meal ideas for kids.  Children can even help create these recipes with you!

Add to your collection of meal ideas for kids with toddler perfect chicken nuggets!

“We’ve all made chicken nuggets using bite size pieces of chicken, rolled in a breading, and baked, right?  We eat those a lot and love them!  But, I got to thinking about how hard that is for kids to chew! Sometimes, meat can be tough for toddlers without all their teeth.  One reason processed nuggets are so popular among little kids (beyond the salt, fat, and chemicals), is of course that they are easier to eat.  So, I decided to make our own ‘Un-Processed’ nuggets, and they turned out delicious!!

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What was even more fun, was because we blended up the meat first, we could shape them! I didn’t have a dinosaur mold to use, but I do have lots of hearts and flowers.

And, before we begin- don’t judge me on photography! I hate taking pictures of meat. Literally, I think it always looks ugly, no matter what!

So, I started with:

1 Five ounce chicken breast (boiled for 20 minutes in water)
In a blender, I put in

  • The cooked chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • Seasoned with a touch of salt

and blended it all together until smooth. (Bleh! Gross, I know!)

But then, all I did was pack little balls of the meat mixture into cookie cutters, and rolled them in bread crumbs. You obviously don’t have to make shapes. I only made a couple until I got bored with it, and just made balls of nuggets.

Then, place on a cookie sheet to bake.  I drizzled with a little butter, so they would come out crispier – totally optional!

Then, bake at 400 for about 10 minutes (you can flip half way though if you want both sides crispy.

Use your favorite dip, like honey mustard, spicy mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, or whatever you prefer.”

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After your children have finished this tasty meal and helped clean up, talk with them about what they learned.  Chances are, they really enjoyed helping to prepare it and didn’t even realize that they were learning during the process!

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