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Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Your kid’s favorite food is chicken nuggets (and fine, you’ve been known to steal a few). But they aren’t the most nutritious meal…unless they’ve been breaded with quinoa and baked in the oven, of course. These baked quinoa chicken nuggets are crispy and moist and don’t taste even remotely healthy.

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6 servings

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1¼ teaspoons salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

2 eggs

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces

Honey mustard, as needed for serving

Barbecue sauce, as needed for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium-size shallow bowl, whisk the flour with the garlic powder, salt and black pepper to combine. In a second medium-size shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. Place the cooked quinoa in a third medium-size shallow bowl.

3. Dredge a piece of chicken in the flour mixture until coated. Dip it into the egg, let the excess drip off and then dip it into the quinoa to coat fully. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

4. Spray the chicken nuggets with nonstick cooking spray and then bake until they are golden brown and fully cooked, 12 to 15 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking.

5. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve the nuggets warm, with honey mustard and barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.

522 calories

27g fat

48g carbs

29 protein

1g sugars

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