I have never bothered to make these before because I assumed (incorrectly) that they would be super difficult. Guess what, they’re not!
I looked into them because I am on a journey to debt freedom and the cost of gluten and dairy free food is killing my budget! It is all so unnecessarily expensive and really not all that hard to make. I went on a Pinterest search to find the best/easiest recipe for me to make that my kids may actually like. This is a combo of a few recipes that I simplified to work for us!
What I found on Pinterest was shocking. It is freaking easy. It was quick. It was painless. I am definitely not a chef and doubt I would really qualify as a home chef either. I am simply a mamma looking to make cheaper meals that still taste good for my allergy kiddos.
When doing a cost comparison, I was able to save $0.25 per ounce by making these at home.
The cheapest store-bought nuggets near me are $0.40/oz or $7.99 a package (which is enough for one meal for my kids).
Making these homemade I spent $0.15/oz or $15.33 a package which made enough for FIVE meals. You heard me, FIVE. Had I been able to buy a package for this I would have spent $2.97 instead of $7.99. NUTS!!
It takes literally no skill to pull this off. If you can cut up chicken breast, mix breadcrumbs with seasonings, and use an air fryer, you can do this too!
First pre-heat the air fryer, yes its a pain, however if you don’t it will take longer to cook! Then take the chicken breasts and cut them into nugget sized pieces. I tend to make them smaller so my kiddos have an easier time.
Pour enough milk into a bowl to completely cover the nuggets. Stick the nuggets in the bowl and let soak for 5 minutes. Do not skip this step or the breadcrumbs won’t stick properly to the nugget!
While those are soaking, put the breadcrumbs into a bowl. For me, I had 5.5 lbs of breasts and used one 12oz box of breadcrumbs. It may vary based on how many nuggets you’re actually making. I prefer to stick them into a Pyrex container with a lid and then once I add the nuggets, I put the lid on and shake!
Next step is to put the nuggets into the air fryer for 4 minutes. Then make sure to flip them (I usually just shake the bin to do this) then fry for another 4 minutes.
Once they come out, enjoy!! My kids freaking love these. They went absolutely nuts over these and have asked for them again and again! I love them because they’re simple, cheap, easy, and a crowd-pleaser!
❄️ These also freeze very well! To freeze, place in the refrigerator to cool down, then put in a freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze! To thaw, we prefer to pop them back in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to warm through and keep crunchy!
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Hi there! I'm Caitlyn. I'm mom to three kiddos ages 7,5 & 2. My 7& 2 year olds were the two blessed with FPIES. My 7 year old is only (now) Acute to dairy, wheat, soy, and rice. The youngest is a hot mess with 12 safes, and a million fails plus a few IGE's to top it all off.
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