Veggie Packed Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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My kids new favorite dinner are these veggie packed homemade chicken nuggets. They are super easy to make and healthier than the frozen nuggets you buy at the store. 

veggie packed homemade chicken nuggets

Who does’t love a good chicken nugget? My kids are huge chicken nugget fans. These homemade chicken nuggets with veggies will fool even your picky eaters. This recipe makes me feel so much better than driving through my nearest Chick-Fil-A (although we still do that sometimes). You can skip the fast food line my friends and make these instead.

These nuggets are perfect for a quick easy dinner. I make double and freeze half for when I don’t have time to make anything.  You can even throw them into your kids lunch box for a delicious, healthy lunch. I love to serve mine in the omie box because it keeps things hot.

Veggie chicken nuggets are quick and easy to make. Here is how to make them.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the ground chicken, carrots, zucchini, spinach, salt, seasoning, parmesan and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix with your hands until well combined. Take a golf ball sized amount of meat mixture and form into a small oval shaped nugget and set aside. Continue with the rest of the meat mixture.

Pour the bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Place the nuggets into the breadcrumb mixture to coat on both sides. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Carefully place the breaded nuggets into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until slightly golden brown.

Remove the nuggets and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Finish cooking the nuggets in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and season with salt and pepper.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or try out my copy-cat Chick-Fil-A sauce.

Can I change up the shape of the chicken nuggets?

Yes!  And I totally recommend doing that!  Especially if you have picky eaters. I love shaping them into hearts.  The chicken nugget mixture is very easy to shape and holds whatever shape you desire well.  Try out these heart shaped chicken nuggets I made for Valentine’s Day. 

veggie packed heart shape chicken nuggets

Whether you just want to have a convenient meal ready for your kids, an easy kids lunch, or you want to pack more vegetables into your child’s dinner these homemade chicken nuggets with veggies are perfect to feed your family. If you love this recipe try out the Summer Meal Plan where I teach you how to morph this recipe into something entirely different and give you 6 weeks of easy to follow family friendly meal plans.

Veggie Homemade Chicken Nuggets:

homemade chicken nuggets

Veggie Packed Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Yield: 20 Nuggets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Veggie packed chicken nuggets are perfect for kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Carrots, Finely Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Zucchini, Finely Shredded
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped Finely
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Finely Grated
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons Avocado Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine the ground chicken, carrots, zucchini, spinach, salt, seasoning, parmesan and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix with your hands until well combined,
  3. Take a golf ball sized amount of meat mixture and form into a small oval shapped nugget and set aside. Continue with the rest of the meat mixture.
  4. Pour the bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Place the nuggets into the bread crumbs to coat on both sides.
  5. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Carefully place the breaded nuggets into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the nuggets and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Finish cooking the nuggets in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and season with salt.
  8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

Form the nuggets into hearts or any other shape your kids love.

chick fil a sauce

Copy Cat Chick Fil A Sauce

Yield: 1/2 Cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce goes good on just about anything! Great for dipping nuggets or fries or a sauce for burgers.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon BBQ Sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s for this recipe)
  • 1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Serve with chicken nuggets or fries.

Notes

You can store in plastic containers or a mason jar fitted with an ergo spout attachment for up to one week.


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