Fun Meals to Make With Chicken Nuggets

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Fun Meals to Make With Chicken Nuggets
Homemade chicken nuggets can be less expensive -- and more nutritious -- than restaurant varieties. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Most kids love chicken nuggets, but parents often have concerns with their nutritional value, as well as their cost at restaurants. By serving chicken nuggets at home, you can save money and offer a more nutritious meal to your children. You can make these meals fun by designing them around a theme.

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Satay Chicken Nuggets

Dress up chicken nuggets by having your family thread them on kebab sticks satay-style. You can use store-bought fresh or frozen nuggets or make your own by coating chunks of chicken breast with flour or seasoned breadcrumbs and frying in oil. Along with the nuggets, provide chunks of pineapple, pieces of green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and sliced onions to thread. Grill the kebabs over hot coals and serve with peanut sauce. Complete the Southeast Asian theme with a bowl of rice and a colourful fruit salad.

Mama's Kitchen Restaurant

Make your own chicken nuggets by cutting chicken breasts into chunks, coating in seasoned flour and frying in a skillet with 1/2 cup of oil. Cook nuggets about seven minutes on each side. Make your own fries by cutting potatoes into thin strips and frying for about 15 minutes in a skillet with 1/2 cup of oil. Stir occasionally and sprinkle with sea salt. Give your kids some coins and allow them to "order." Wrap nuggets and fries in parchment paper and place in paper lunch sacks. Add a carton of juice and an inexpensive trinket and serve.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets Meal

Make baked nuggets by cutting chicken breasts into chunks and soaking them in buttermilk for 30 minutes. Coat with seasoned breadcrumbs and place on a foil-covered baking tray. Bake at 191 degrees Celsius until crispy, flipping after the first 15 minutes. Make baked fries by cutting potatoes into thin strips and placing on a foil-covered baking tray. Spray fries with cooking spray, flip and spray again. Bake at 191 degrees Celsius until browned or about 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve with corn on the cob, milk and a fruit salad.

Forget the Fries

Instead of serving chicken nuggets with fries, try pairing them with some inventive side dishes that are more nutritious. These could include mashed potatoes, homemade potato wedges, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls stuffed with cheese, pasta salad, rice pilaf or individual packages of baby carrots or mandarin oranges. For dessert, instead of milk shakes, serve smoothies made of vanilla yoghurt, bananas and berries. Or make a giant banana split with three flavours of frozen yoghurt. Give everyone a spoon and dig in!

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