Toddler Chicken Bites
Chicken nuggets are the quintessential food staple for families these days. Walk down your grocer’s freezer aisle and you will see a variety of frozen options from popcorn, to nuggets, to strips. Do you ever wonder what is really in those chicken products? If it is even real chicken? I sure did, and I was set on finding a suitable alternative that my family would actually eat like they did the other (yes there was a time that I fed them the OTHER). After scouring the internet and my cookbooks, I put together this recipe hoping my family would give it a try. Give it a try they did -and now I can’t keep the freezer stocked with these yummy little bites.
Lisa @ Onceamonthmom.com
- 2 whole chicken breasts, boneless skinless, cut into 1″ cubes
- 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers, crushed
- .25 cups Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 cup ranch dressing
Preheat oven to 400F. Soak chicken in ranch dressing for 30 minutes. In a shallow baking dish, combine Ritz cracker crumbs, Parmesan cheese and paprika. One at a time, dip chicken chunks into crumb mixture, pressing down to ensure entire surface of chicken is coated. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Repeat until all chicken breast cubes are coated. Bake 15 minutes or until chicken in cooked through. Cool slightly before serving.
Follow directions above. Cool chicken bites completely. Transfer to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flash freeze. Divide among indicated number of gallon freezer bags. TO SERVE: Do not thaw. Microwave desired number of chicken bites until heated through – apx 90 seconds.
**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann
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