Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home Made Chicken Nuggets and Burgers

My Mom babysits my 2 boys. And they are always hungry. In the last few months, their favorite has been nuggets and burgers. My Mom developed her own simple recipe for burgers/nuggets – avoiding completely processed meat bought from the stores.

The boys get involved in preparing the simple 15 minute burger or nugget. Of course she would name the meat as requested (nugget or burger – if it’s the latter, bread or burger buns will follow)

This is how mum makes it:

• 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast minced
• Flour, spread on a plate
• 2 eggs, beaten in a soup bowl
• Thinly sliced carrots
• Salt, freshly ground pepper
• Olive or corn oil for sauté
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Mix the chicken, eggs, carrots, salt and pepper.
Roll into the size of a golf ball and flatten to make a patty.
Toss the chicken pieces in the flour (you can add some bread crumbs to coat).
In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté the chicken in the skillet without crowding.
Cook through about 4 to 6 minutes a side. Makes enough for 4 servings.

Homemade nuggets and burgers are quick and easy. Serve with oven-roasted potatoes: slice 3 washed potatoes into wedges. Season with salt and a little chili powder and oven-roast at 400 degrees until browned and cooked through, about 45 minutes. You can deep fry but that would not be healthy. Or you could make some mashed potatoes.

Teaching Notes:

1. Cooking and eating healthy – it’s easy and tasty. Get the kids to mix the ingredients (if they don’t like vegetables – don’t let them see you mix the carrots in)
2. Math
2 eggs make 4 nuggets
How many eggs are needed for 2 nuggets?
3. Reading – Make the kids read out what is needed for the meal to work. Let them get it from the fridge or the shelves.

Happy Cooking and Teaching!

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