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Delicious Chicken Nuggets That Are Healthier

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Delicious Chicken Nuggets That Are Healthier, Believe it or not, chicken nuggets were invented by a scientist at Cornell University in the 1960s. Robert C. Baker–who the New York Times called “something of a chicken Edison”–figured out how to process the whole chicken, including some of the less savory parts, into dunk-able, fun shapes (like dinosaurs). Little did this man know that his creation would become the go-to item on every kids’ menu across the country.

One problem with nuggets, of course, is that the fast food versions we all love are mixed with less savory ingredients, like modified corn starch and sodium phosphates. So we asked Junk Food Makeover nutritionist Tricia Williams to try her hand at the kiddie crowd-pleaser.

“We sampled McDonald’s McNuggets and Applegate Farms’ chicken nuggets, and tried to aim somewhere in between the two flavor- and texture-wise,” says Tricia. “But oh my gosh, all chicken nuggets seem to be made of compressed chicken parts, even Applegate Farms! We decided to pulse organic chicken breasts in a food processor to simulate the texture (as gross as that sounds).

Then we coated the nuggets with quinoa flakes–kind of a mock panko–for the crispy factor and golden flax meal, which has anti-inflammatory properties. These nuggets will be a hit with the kids, who love anything that they can dunk or dip.”

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