Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets the Entire Family will Love
Weight Watchers recipes make it easier to ensure meals are healthy, not just low-calorie. The Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan assigns "points" to food, based on number of calories, sugar, saturated fats and protein. The points make it simpler to ensure you and your family meet daily dietary goals. No calorie-counting or wondering required.
1. Crispy Chicken Nuggets
This crispy chicken-nuggets recipe comes directly from Weight Watchers and has 5 SmartPoints. Corn flakes add the crunch that makes these nuggets extra special. To make crispy chicken nuggets, crush corn flakes in a food processor or blender, then place the flake bits in a bowl. Beat an egg in another bowl. In a third bowl, mix flour, salt, garlic and paprika. Dip cut chicken-breast pieces first into the flour mixture, then the egg, then the corn flakes. Place the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet covered with an olive-oil-based, non-stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 375F oven.
2. Guilt-Free Chicken Nuggets
This version of chicken nuggets is also worth 5 SmartPoints, but uses panko breadcrumbs and sweet, spicy seasonings for flavor. Place melted reduced-fat butter in a bowl and mix in egg whites. In another bowl, mix brown sugar, paprika, panko breadcrumbs, chili powder, garlic powder and pepper and salt. Dip cut chicken-breast pieces into the egg solution, then the breadcrumb mixture. Set the coated pieces on a baking sheet sprayed with a healthy non-stick cooking spray, then bake in a 400F preheated oven.
3. Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
This healthy chicken nuggets recipe has only 4 SmartPoints and contains no egg whatsoever. Kids will love cheesy flavor, courtesy of Parmesan cheese tucked into the breadcrumb mixture. To make these tasty nuggets, pour 2 teaspoons olive oil in a bowl. In another bowl, mix Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs with panko and Parmesan cheese. Season boneless chicken pieces with salt and pepper, dip in the olive oil, then into the breadcrumb mixture. Place the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet coated with a healthy cooking spray, then bake the chicken in a 425F preheated oven.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer and avid DIYer. She has written numerous recipes for grocery store chains, as well as articles tool and paint manufacturers and travel sites. She also writes about the best neighborhood restaurants and bars for upscale real-estate firms around the country. Her work also appears on USA Today Travel, Hunker and Landlordology, among other sites.