I think I have told you before about my silly goose of a two year old?
Well, his new thing is an obsession with “chicken nugget.”

When I ask him what he wants for dinner he responds, “Chicken nugget!”
When he wants to call his brother a name he says, “Hey chicken nugget!”
When strangers ask his own name he often replys, “Chicken nugget!”
He even named his recent creation at Build a Bear “Chicken nugget.”
Goofy :)

Trying on his Grandpa's glasses!

Trying on his Grandpa’s glasses!

Anyway, I cannot lie and say my kids are strangers to the chicken nuggets from McDonalds, they are not. However, for many reasons I am not a fan. First off, they have 38 ingredients, most of which are non-recognizeable and including this scary note on the McDonalds website: “Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness).

So, I created this healthy and natural (yay!) version using healthy quinoa and whole wheat, all natural chicken-baked not fried. I hope your kids like it!

Xo, Bree 

Here’s What You Need:
1lb chicken tenders, trimmed
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tsp seasoned salt
salt + pepper
Two eggs, whisked with a splash of water
Organic non-stick or grapeseed oil


Here’s What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 425. Pulse the quinoa and the breadcrumbs with the seasoned salt and move the mixture to a plate. Make a separate plate with flour. Season the chicken lightly with s+p.  Create a dipping station:
1. Egg mixture (Be sure to shake off the access)
2. Flour  (Be sure to shake off the access)
3. Quinoa mixture (Be sure to press down to ensure it stays coated)
Place on a baking sheet coated with foil and then topped with grate to keep if off the foil-like in a roasting pan). Spray with the grapeseed oil or nonstick. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Carefully cut into nuggets. Your kids can dip into organic ketchup, honey mustard, or warmn marinara.

Kid Tip:
Okay so these don’t look like your average chicken nugget, but a little prodding, a little ketchup and you  should be good to go! If not, you can always pulse the mixture more to make more of a breadcrumb like consistency.

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  1. Love your spin on chicken nuggets. My twins recently stopped wanting chicken tenders. Maybe if I try this these they’ll want them again! :)

  2. Liz says:

    My OLD kids love chicken nuggets, too…and I need to shake up my coating! Loving the quinoa idea!!!

  3. Deborah says:

    First of all, your little guy is adorable! And I love this spin on chicken nuggets!!

  4. These look fabulous. I never thought of using my fav grain as a crunchy coating. Kids say the cutest things!

  5. Love this healthy version of a kid favorite! I think I might make these just for me and my husband :)

  6. Kristina says:

    haha that is adorable! I love your healthy spin on chicken nuggets – especially love the quinoa in the crust! I’ll always have a soft spot for nugs :)

  7. How scary are McNugets? They also used to have a form of silicon used as a binder. I think they removed it, but it may still be there in trace amounts. Gross. One of those things that should never be more than an occasional thing. It’s insane how many people in the USA eat fast food 10 times a week or MORE (45% I just heard recently, not sure of the accuracy) I LOVE the quinoa, such a great twist.

  8. Samantha says:

    Long time reader, first time poster… With this recipe, how much flour do you suggest? And the seasoned salt, is that like the seasoned salt you would put on french fries? I’ve NEVER used quinoa before but I keep reading about the health benefits. This may be a stupid question, but you don’t cook the quinoa before using it as the coating, do you? I’m trying these out tomorrow for dinner! Thanks!

    • Bree says:

      1-No worries-You don’t need to cook it for this one.
      2-The flour is literally just a dusting so put about 1/4 or so on a plate and then shake the chicken off after you dust it in the flour.

  9. Candy says:

    YUM! I think my kids would love these!
    Thanks Bre!!!!

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