As a busy mum, I think convenience food is essential. I always have some fish fingers and turkey dinosaurs, or some such fare in my freezer. This blog may be about home cooked food, but I’m human, and sometimes even simple cooking is beyond me and I just can’t be bothered.
But for days when I can be bothered, these chicken nuggets are super simple and go down extremely well with the little cherubs. I always have Rice Krispies in the cupboard (or more likely Crispy Rice, or Rice Crackles, or whatever name the supermarket have called their own brand). They’re a useful cupboard staple, for breakfast as well as cooking (oh Mars Bar slice, how I adore thee).
There are a couple of ways I make these, it just depends what’s to hand really. First you need your crispy rice puff cereal stuff. You can bash this to within an inch of it’s life with the likes of a rolling pin; you can take out some aggression with your bare hands; or you can blitz them in a blender. It doesn’t matter, you’ll just get varying degrees of crunch. I used my little blender.
Regards quantities, I probably used about 80g of cereal, but a ‘couple of bowls worth’ should also give a good idea. This is good as it is, but you can also add some extra flavour if you’d like – parmesan, paprika, seasoning etc. This time around I just added a small amount of seasoning and some parmesan, but I often leave it plain.
You then need something to coat your diced chicken breast. Sometimes I use mayonnaise which is a nice change and super quick. This time I used a beaten egg.
Slop the chicken into the egg (I tend to throw it all in), then put it into the cereal mix a few bits at a time, and cover it good and proper.
Get it nicely coated then place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof/baking paper.
Pop the tray into a preheated oven, about 190C for 20-25 minutes. The nuggets should be looking nicely toasted on the outside, and thoroughly cooked on the inside.
My monkeys got their nuggets with some chips, peas/corn and a healthy blob of ketchup. I got 4 empty plates back. Funny that?! Sometimes simple food is the best food where kids are concerned.
Easy, huh? Happy cooking!