Wednesday, February 29, 2012

chex mix chicken. so good.

i mean, i've had some heavy posts up in here lately. did you guys think i was depressed/moody/pregnant? no, i'm not any of those...don't get excited. i just have a soft heart lately. and i'm just into telling the truth. and with a soft heart, anything makes me cry...like commercials and movie previews, and instagram. it's just ridiculous.

what else is ridiculous is this website called beautifully rooted that i've gotten to be a part of. i heart it so much.
check out this craft i did over there. see, i don't just cry. i craft too.

so onto what i was really going to post about.
chicken.
chex mix chicken, infact.

i thought i would lighten up (PUN INTENDED) my blogging with this super delicious, healthy, and even gluten free version of chicken nuggets. or nuggs, as we call them in our home.

now, i am not gluten free. per se. but lila, my 3 year old is. it has done wonders for her behavior and development...so i'm a believer! google it or something.

so here's what i did. my mom had a cooking class and made frito chicken nuggets. crushed up fritos, that was the breading. the health nut in me knows that fritos are naughty. so i thought, hmmm....what else would be good on chicken...chex? a nod to chex mix if you will.

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so i thought, we shall call this, chex mix chicken. this is also probably on the internet as well. but ignorance is bliss. let's pretend i made this up. great!


so i salted the chicken first and then flattened it out. with a rolling pin. because i'm classy like that. just tenderize it a little bit.

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then i chopped up the chicken into nuggets.

for the breading i crushed 4 cups of chex, with 1 or 2 tsp's salt, 1 tsp powdered garlic, and some pepper. this is where you can go crazy with seasonings. but with my kids, i went normal...because they are picky. who in the world did they get that from? ok, it was me.

now side note, crush the chex up as well as you can in a ziploc bag. no big chunks of chex. say that fast 5 times.

to make the breading stick, i chose egg. so in a bowl, you're also going to crack 2 eggs and whisk them.

so what you'll do here is set up a little breading system.
you're chicken will be on one end, then the egg bowl, then the breading bowl, then the foiled, and (greased)pan.

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dip the chicken in your egg, roll it in the chex, set it on the pan. BAM. repeat, 30 times.
make sure you have your sweet tea nearby for a refreshment in the midst of cooking.

bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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they were seriously so good. nato said they tasted like the real deal.

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and healthy too!
enjoy.

27 comments:

  1. I am going to try this! Although I think I'm going to cover whole pork chops instead. Better than breadcrumbs, and I have no Panko. Yay!

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  2. That is such a cool idea, I have never thought of using chex for anything other than breakfast. (okay, maybe I eat them for snacks sometimes too) but this looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing Jami!! :)

    Ngaio May xx

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  3. this looks so great and would make my kids so happy. oh and i just really loved your creative corkboard craft. thanks.

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  4. will be giving this a try with my picky little daycare eaters!!

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  5. will be giving this a try with my picky little daycare eaters!!

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  6. Chex Mix is one of my faaaavorite foods. I will have to make this! I made a similar thing with my favorite Buffalo chips that was significantly less healthy a few weeks ago.

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  7. I just made these tonight for dinner. I'm a poor college student that just happened to have some honey nut chex and they are freakin' delicious. So what uppp they are college kid approved! Thanks!

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  8. katy Pflaum, good idea! i forget there are other kinds of chex than corn.

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  9. Hi Jami! On a completely unrelated note, some time ago I left you a note about making your own liquid dishwashing detergent of castille soap, distilled white vinegar, lemon juice and water. I have since learned that the castille soap mixes poorly with vinegar and lemon juice because one is a base and the other is an acid. When they are mixed, they essentially cancel one another out. This explains so much! In any case, I have since begun using 1/2 Tbs. castille soap in my pre-rinse dispenser and 1 Tbs. of distilled white vinegar in my closed soap dispenser. This allows each to do its job: the castille soap cleanses and the vinegar gets rid of any remaining residue. This may not work for you, but since I left you that other recipe I thought I should tell you about this discovery.

    On another note, thank you for your continued resolution to be transparent about all parts of your life. I'm trying to do the same thing, and it helps knowing there are others out there who are doing the same thing!

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  10. yum sounds great for my picky kiddo too! thanks for sharing!

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  11. stephanie...look at you! researcher deluxe! ok, i will try that. and thanks for your sweet words. :)

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  12. Sounds great! My daughter is type 1 diabetic and has 47 (not a typo) food allergies (thanks to Leaky Gut Syndrome -- most will hopefully go away after about a year except the gluten/dairy) and our son has gluten/dairy sensitivity, too. Kind of limiting on the ol' menu options! In solidarity we are all gluten-, dairy-, egg-, soy-free at our house. We all feel sooooo much better in eliminating the gluten and dairy from our diets. We wouldn't go back to eating the old way even if we could. I hope you continue to see improvements in Lila's health and behavior.

    We love the Frito chicken out of "Cooking for Isaiah." I can't wait to try this healthier option to kind of mix up our menu options a bit! Our daughter's doc gave us permission to use a little bit of butter with her so I use melted butter instead of the egg to bind the "breading" on the chicken. Works really well.

    Love your blog! I'm a friend of "momdiggity" and she shared your mom's flour mix with me. Thank you, thank you! And your mom! :)

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  13. ok. two things.

    1. you are ridiculously awesome. i adore you and your snarkypantsness. and i don't even care if that's not a word in real life, cause it is now.

    2. where did you get those stamps you used in your craft? i have been looking ALL OVER for those!

    ok, 3... thanks for being so transparent and not trying to pretend you are perfect and have it all together cause there's not a person on this planet who does. it's an unrealistic expectation that us women try to live up to. you're a gem. just thought you should know.

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  14. So although your chicken looks yummy, that is not what i was going to comment about... I actually just wanted to write you an email.... But couldnt find an addy anywhere... So here goes. My husband had an affair 13 years ago. We divorced
    God preformed miricales of healing and we have been married for 6 years again. So i understand where you are and what you go through. My friend told me about your blog, your honesty and i love that you are raw and write what you feel. (even that you cuss once in awhile) you are real. It is my time of year when i think back to when my husband walked out on us. Our five year old and 2 week old baby. Yup.... Been there right there.
    Every year when that time comes rolling along.... I start to remember. I think this year is the hardest because i finally saw a photo of her.... Evil facebook... Snooping.... Wish i could take it back. Wish i could erase it. I keep asking God to please release that image from my mind. It was only a week ago..... Anyway, satan sure knows my strong holds.... Ugh! Why am i telling you all this? Not really sure, but i just spent the last hour or so reading your story. I think my friend pointed your blog out to me because i desperatly need to share my story. I need to ask my husband and pray about it and share it. I need to cleanse by writing and sharing and praying that it can reach someone, a wife ,sister ,husband, mother ,daughter ,son ,uncle, aunt. Or friend. Someone who has been touched by an affair.
    Thank you for being you and telling your story. Thanks to your husband too. I know how people look down on the men who cheat, They do. I think my husband is an amazing man. I mean come on we have all sinned and sin is sin, right! We all deserve to be forgiven. I do he does... We all do!
    Thanks again for sharing. Thanks for keeping it real!



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  15. i bought them at tuesday morning...a discount store. they are super great. i bet they sell some online or at hobby lobby or something. they are oversized. like 3 inches. and they are foam.

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  16. i make these too!!! so good!

    -Julia

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  17. you make me laugh! i love your writing! thanks for the recipe! they look delish :)
    xo

    p.s. i've told you that i heart your music taste... any thoughts on a great song for a birth story? i'm looking for something soft and pretty. lmk

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  18. I am totally making that next week.
    Also? I made your lip balm Wednesday. LOVE. IT.

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  19. Chex on chicken. That is definitely something I never thought of. We just might have to give it a try.

    On another note, I tagged you in an 11 things post on my blog. Participate if you want to and have the time!

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  20. Just made these tonight Jami! Thanks for the idea! They were super yummy and easy!

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  21. Made these tonight Jami! Thanks for the idea! They were super yummy and easy!

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  22. Made this tonight! Yum. Added some garlic and shredded cheese. Hubby approved!

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  23. Ok, totally trying this. My fam loved the fritos chicken nuggets but I thought the same thing - fritos aren't healthy! :) I feel much more comfortable with the chex. I'll text you how it goes. ;)

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  24. This tasted so great! I subbed fat free plain greek yogurt for the egg to cut out all of the fat but it still tasted grrrr-eat (oh wait, thats corn flakes not chex....oopsies)!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. Thanks for this. I am making these tonight for some GF friends we have coming over. If you wonder who searches "jami nato white chicken lasagna" once a week, it's me. I appreciate your recipes!

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  26. Oooh, we made these the other night and loved them! Thanks for the recipe, it beats the heck out of buying the five dollar bag of gluten free bread crumbs. :)

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