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Veggie Chicken Nuggets

Hi. My name is Aliza. And I am addicted to lunch boxes.

Wow. It feels so good to have that off my chest.

Now, I know what you are thinking, how does one form an addiction to lunch boxes? And what type of lunch boxes? Stainless? Plastic? Bento? Eco? Well, let me tell you my story. Don’t worry, it won’t take long, and at the end of this story is the recipe for the veggie chicken nuggets, so just hang in there.

It started off so innocently. I just wanted to save some money and eat healthier, so I decided to pack my lunch. It wasn’t long until I saw the benefit  on my wallet and my waist line. It also wasn’t long until I started realizing the impact all of my plastic bags were having on the environment. So I casually started looking for lunchboxes to pack my lunch in. I found a compartment lunch box at The Container Store and I instantly fell in love. You might say that it was my gateway lunch box. I was hooked. At first I just used it for lunch at school, but then I started using it on the weekends. And then, sometimes, I would use it for dinner. It got to the point where I didn’t want to eat unless it was out of my lunch box. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, I found that there were different types of compartment lunch boxes. I just started out by browsing the internet for lunch boxes. It was just on a rare occasion, just late at night when I couldn’t sleep. But then, I started shopping for them during school. A few times I have woken up in the middle of the night and looked at lunch boxes on my cell phone, hiding under the blanket so that the hubby didn’t wake up from the light of the phone. It was fine when I was just looking, but then I started buying. Two lunch boxes later, and many more bookmarked and saved, I am ready to admit that I have a problem.

Wow, all of that to talk about lunch boxes just for a chicken nugget recipe. Well you see, I had to tell you about the lunch boxes (granted, I probably didn’t have to tell you THAT much about the lunch boxes), but I had to tell you about the lunch boxes so that you would understand that these chicken nuggets are delicious and easy to pack in a lunch box. I like to make things for lunch on the weekend so that I can have a delicious, non-processed, tasty food option for lunch. I found this recipe and was a little nervous that the flavor would taste more pea puree than chicken, but I am happy to say that the veggies only add a little extra somin’ somin’ to the nugget. I think that this would be a great and healthy way to sneak some veggies onto your kids plate without them realizing it. They also freeze really well, and they fit really well in a lunch box!

Veggie Chicken Nuggets
Yield: 12-15 nuggets (depending on the cookie cutter you use)
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1 lb ground chicken
1 12-14 oz bag of frozen veggies (I used mixed veggies – broccoli, carrots, peas, water chestnuts, but you can use any combo, as long as they don’t have sauce on them)
1 egg
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Onion powder
1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
2 cups Panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie hseet with alunminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Let the veggies come to room temperature. Place them in a blender  or food processor with the egg and puree until smooth. If you need to, you can add up to 1 Tbsp of chicken broth. Once pureed, place the veggies in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Taste to make sure the seasonings are right, keep in mind that you are going to add chicken and bread crumbs, so you want to make sure you have enough seasoning. Add the chicken and stir until combined.

On a cookie sheet or cutting board, sprinkle 1 cup of the Panko and season with salt and pepper. Drop the chicken mixture by spoonfuls evenly over the breadcrumbs. Lightly press to even the chicken layer out to 1/4 to  1/2-in thick. Sprinkle the top with the other cup of panko and season with salt and pepper. Press lightly to make sure the panko sticks to the chicken.

Pick your favorite cookie cutter and cut out shapes from the chicken. Place the cut outs on the prepared cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the bread crumbs are crispy.

Adapted from: Cheeky Kitchen



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  1. ducksandbooks / Feb 21 2011 5:27 am

    have you heard of bento boxes? They’re like compartment lunch boxes to the nth degree! Please don’t hate me for introducing you to them…

    Oh, and if you’re more into pretty and Americanized, than authentic and Japanese bentos, check out Pikko’s blog too.

    I’m on the bento train too, but not that much. Mostly, I like regular lunches, in a bunch of small plastic tubs to keep everything separate, like a make-your-own cafeteria tray! Typically salad in one bin, pasta in another, and sliced fresh fruit in a 3rd.

  2. Alisa / May 24 2011 1:29 am

    Yum, My son will love this and what a sneaky way to hide the veggies in his favorite chicken nuggets.

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