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Healthy Chicken Veggies Nuggets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins

Healthy chicken nuggets with hidden veggies, steamed then baked, no frying involved.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Author: Ina Wrobel
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cauliflower florets , about 1 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumb
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
For coating
  • 2 cups breadcrumb
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  1. Prepare the steamer, let the water boiled.
  2. Prepare the springform baking pan (or any heatproof dish), layer it with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the chicken, onion, carrot into smaller pieces.
  4. In a cup or bowl, put water and breadcrumb, let it sit until the breadcrumb moist.
  5. In the food processor, put onion, cauliflower florets, and carrot, pulse it until becoming tiny bit pieces.

  6. Add chicken, moist breadcrumb, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder. Process it until becoming a paste.
  7. Pour the chicken paste into the springform baking pan. Put the pan into the steamer basket, cover it with a clean kitchen towel (to prevent water dripping into the paste), put the steamer lid on.
  8. Steam it for 30 minutes, take the pan out of the steamer then leave it cool for 30 minutes then cut it up into square or rectangle pieces. While waiting for it cool down, preheat the oven to 400 deg F.

  9. Prepare the coating ingredient, in two separate bowls, whisk the eggs in one bowl, and breadcrumb with garlic powder and salt in the other bowl.
  10. Prepare the baking sheet pan, layer it with parchment paper.
  11. Dip one square nugget piece into breadcrumb then on the whisked egg, then back to coat it with the breadcrumb. Repeat the process until all nuggets pieces coated.
  12. Put the coated nuggets on the baking sheet, drizzle the cooking oil on top of it.
  13. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway done.
  14. Take out of the oven, ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Parchment paper is great to make cleaning easier.

I use grapeseed oil for it, feel free to use any oil you like.