We’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like chicken nuggets, but usually these breaded and fried treats lack much nutritional value. When you make these garlic chicken nuggets yourself, you can sneak in some healthy ingredients, like flaxseed and broccoli. Flaxseed meal can help improve digestion, lower cholesterol, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss, among many other benefits!
We also added fresh garlic to our recipe to celebrate National Garlic Day. Garlic is an excellent source of many vitamins, including Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Selenium. Paired with some fruits, veggies and whole grains, these chicken nuggets can make up a perfectly portioned, nutritious lunch that kids love just as much as adults!
Here’s how we made ours:
*You can also opt to use garlic and onion powder, which is what this recipe uses. We prefer to use as much produce as we can, but we grated it to make sure we got the smallest cut possible!
Tip: When grating the broccoli, grate the floret-end first to avoid cutting your fingers.
In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, flaxseed meal, parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic, and onion. Mix well and make sure to break up the clumps that may form from the garlic or onion. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and finely grated broccoli and beat together.
Rinse and dry the chicken breasts. Cut into small chunks and sprinkle with salt. Dip into the egg mixture and then toss in the breadcrumbs until completely coated.
Spray a large, non-stick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat. When the skillet heats up, add the olive oil and place the chicken nuggets in the skillet. Cook for about 7 minutes or until golden brown, flipping nuggets over halfway through. Cut one in half to make sure it’s fully cooked.
That’s it! If your family doesn’t eat them all in one sitting, these nuggets are perfect for lunch the next day. We packed ours in our bento box with peppers, rice and oranges for a well-balanced meal. You can also add in marinara sauce or ketchup in our small lidded container for dipping- Yum!