What’s for dinner?

That question is pretty high on the list of things I don’t want to hear after a long day of working  and parenting.  Unfortunately providing dinner to your children is one of those non-negotiable parenting duties.   NGCC would like to take some of the craziness out of weeknight dinner prep by periodically posting family friendly dinner ideas.   Hopefully you will find a recipe or two that will enable your family to avoid the 6:00pm meltdown.

This week the NGCC Family Friendly Recipe is Baked Chicken Nuggets.  This is always a big hit in my house.  Such a big hit that I double the recipe so we have leftovers.


Baked Chicken Nuggets



  • 1 – 1.5 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1.5 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or season yourself)
  • ¾ cup grated parmesean cheese
  • A dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • ½ tbsp. – 1 tbsp of dried basil
  • ¾ cup of skim milk


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1 ½ inch sized pieces
  • In a medium bowl mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme, and basil.  Mix well and set aside.
  • In a smaller bowl pour your milk
  • Dip chicken pieces into the milk first and then coat with the breadcrumbs.
  • Place the chicken pieces on non-stick cookie sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes, flipping about half way through the cooking time
  • Transfer the cooked chicken from the cookie sheet to a cookie cooling rack to avoid any soggy pieces.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


A few tips:

Use your right hand only to dip the chicken pieces in the milk and your left hand only to dip the chicken into the breadcrumbs.  It may seem obvious, but I didn’t really start doing it until about ten years ago and it has been revolutionary!

If you have a young child who is eager to help transfer your breadcrumb mixture to a large Ziploc bag.  Put your milk dipped chicken pieces into the breadcrumb bag and allow your helper to shake them up to thoroughly coat the chicken pieces with the breadcrumbs.  After all the shaking is over transfer the chicken pieces to the cookie sheet.  Your little one gets to feel like a big helper and you don’t have to feel uncomfortable with him/her touching raw chicken.

This chicken is great cold.  It is also great with a yummy salad.  As I said before I usually double the recipe when making this chicken so that we have it to “snackâ€? on during the week.  My oldest loves to grab a few pieces before a sports practice.  And I love that she is not grabbing chips or cookies.

I guarantee that these chicken nuggets are worth firing up the oven for this summer.

This recipe was originally found here http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Chicken-Nuggets and has been adapted to work for my family.  If you are not using www.allrecipes.com you are going to want to start now.  It is an awesome sight for lots of family friendly recipes.

I created an easy recipe card to print out.









Heather Hogan

NGCC Social Media Manager

Mother of Three (ages 14, 12, and 8)

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