We don't buy a lot of processed food in our house. Yes, you'll find the occasional fruit snack or Cheez-It. And yes, on road trips we will swing through McDonald's to buy chicken nuggets for the little man in the back seat who is starving.
And yes, I too eat fast food every once in awhile. Everyone's guilty pleasure right?
But for the most part, I try and buy whole ingredients at the grocery store and then "create" fun foods at home for both us and the kids. Not only is it cheaper, but healthier. These homemade chicken bites are the perfect example.
Baked Chicken Bites
1 c. buttermilk, divided
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
cut into 1 in. cubes
3/4 c. flour
1 c. finely crushed cereal (I used a mixture of cornflakes/rice chex)
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic salt
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. oregano
1/8 t. pepper
Pour 1/2 c. buttermilk into a large plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat. Let set up to 2 hours. Place flour in another plastic bag. In third bag place crushed cereal and seasonings. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and the remaining buttermilk
Drain chicken, add to flour and shake to coat. Coat with egg mixture, then add to cereal mixture, shake to coat. Arrange chicken on a large greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with a side of barbecue sauce, ranch, ketchup or honey mustard.
Like I said, kid friendly, mother approved. These were inhaled fairly quickly at our house, but shockingly we did have some leftovers for lunch the next day!
Here is our latest family photo op. The little miss was baptized yesterday at church, so it meant a day of church, family and food. I have a great, simple dessert to share later this week from the baptism. It's like eating a mini pie crust covered in cinnamon and sugar. Yeah, pretty delicious.
Have a great Monday and start to your week!