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Round white plate with chicken nuggets and green beans on top. Fork resting on place with chicken on it.
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Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Green Bean “Fries”

Tender whole wheat chicken nuggets and crispy green bean “fries” are a perfect healthy alternative to the all-time favorite toddler meal. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Michele Olivier

Ingredients

For Chicken Nuggets

  • 1/2 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)

For Green Bean “Fries”

  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or line a baking sheet. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour and paprika. In another small bowl, whisk the egg. In another small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper (if using). 
  • One at a time, add a piece of chicken to the flour and toss until coated, shaking off any excess flour. Then dip the chicken into the egg until coated. Then toss the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture until completely coated. Place the finished nugget on one side of the baking sheet. Continue this process until all of the chicken pieces are coated and are on one side of the baking sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together the green beans, oil, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and garlic powder. Place the green beans in a single layer on the other side of the baking sheet as the chicken nuggets. 
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping half way through baking time, or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown and cooked all the way through.

Notes

Age: 1 year and up
Yield: makes 4 small servings
Freezer-Friendly: if freezing first, I would recommend prepping the chicken nuggets through step 3 and then placing them in the freezer in an air-tight baggie or container. When ready to eat, remove chicken nuggets from freezer, place on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. 
Storage: in fridge for 5 days. 
Gluten-Free: these can be made gluten-free by using a one-for-one gluten free flour (we love this brand) and gluten free breadcrumbs