Italian Chicken Dunkers

We make homemade chicken nuggets frequently at our house, but when I saw Jenn’s recipe over on A Cook’s Quest I knew I had to try it. She adds Parmesan cheese to her breading! Brilliant I thought. And it was!

Something about crispy cheese makes me happy. It made my kids happy too.

Italian Chicken Dunkers

Recipe Source: A Cook’s Quest

1-2 pounds chicken breasts-cut into strips
1-2 cups flour for dredging
fresh breadcrumbs (I used about 8 large slices of bread) or store bought if you want.  I would suggest panko.
2-3 eggs, beaten
onion powder
garlic salt
1/4-1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 T melted butter or olive oil

I wish I could give you exact measurements, but really this is a recipe that can be customized to your liking.

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Season flour with salt, pepper and garlic.

Place bread into your food processor and pulse until the consistency you want.  I like a bigger fluffy crumb so I leave mine pretty rough.  Pour into a pie plate and add onion powder, garlic salt and parmesan cheese.

Set up an assembly line to dredge the chicken.  Start with the flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture.  Place chicken pieces on a buttered baking sheet.  Brush with melted butter and bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your nuggets, or until the juices are clear and the meat is cooked through.

Dip in your favorite sauce.  We chose marinara because it’s what we had on hand, but any dipping sauce would be great.  I think next time we will use homemade ranch.

Ingredients: Chicken

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