Rob has been perfecting his recipe for homemade, oven-baked chicken nuggets. They're really good, so I thought I'd share.
(They're even better when fresh out of the oven and dipped in this homemade ranch dressing , as we figured out the other night.)
Here's his recipe. You can adjust the spices to your own tastes, but I wouldn't change the cracker meal. It makes the nuggets really crispy.
Oven-baked Chicken Nuggets
2 large, fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup cracker meal, and more on hand if necessary
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dry minced onion
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon powdered mesquite smoke
Salt and pepper to taste (Rob uses a pinch each)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix up spices and cracker meal in a bowl (Rob uses a cereal bowl). Roll chicken nuggets in cracker meal mixture and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes, flip over and bake 10 more minutes.