Baked Parmesan Chicken Bites

If you have a family who loves chicken nuggets and tenders as much as I do then you have to check out this new healthy recipe! My family husband and toddler love those pre-cooked chicken tenders and nuggets from the frozen isle. I get a little squeamish about them since I know they are über unhealthy and I don't know where the chicken came from .... or it is really even chicken! That's when I decided to put my foot down and make my own.

If you have been following my blog, and you should be, you would have gathered by now that we only (with the exception of those mysterious bags of frozen nuggets that show up in my freezer after my husband goes to the store) only buy local meat at the farm down the road. You can honestly taste the difference in the meat and you know what you are getting! After watching Food Inc. my whole outlook changed. I would suggest any and all meat eaters take an hour and watch it. It's life changing.

That being said *off my meaty soapbox* I have a delicious and healthy alternative to those popcorn, tender, nugget style chicken thingys. Oh, and if you're a busy mom like me, you'll love that it only takes 15 minutes to make!




Ingredients:
 1/2 pound of boneless chicken breast cut into 1" pieces
1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 Eggs beaten
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh or store bought is fine)
1 Tbs Italian seasoning
1/2 Tbs paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle of parsley for presentation


How to Cook:
Preheat oven (I actually used my convection toaster oven!) to 400º

Line cooking sheet with tin foil (I like as little clean up as possible) and spray lightly with cooking spray

Crack and beat eggs in a bowl

On a plate combine all dry ingredients

Take the cut chicken (in batches) and coat them in the egg

Take the egg coated chicken and dredge them in the Panko mixture and place on cooking sheet

Place the chicken so there is space between each piece so they get nice and crispy!

Cook for approx. 12-15 minutes. I have a convention toaster oven so mine cooked in 11 minutes. So keep an eye on it. When it's cooked the juices will run clear there the meat is white when cut open

Sprinkle the parsley on the chicken and sauce for a beautiful presentation 

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

Enjoy!




21 Day Fix
(One red full)
1R
1Y
1/2 B 
(You will have a lot of the egg and Panko mixture that went unused - I was very generous in the containers - listed here I think is a tad more then what you're actually eating but it was hard to tell with all that excess!)



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