Friday, February 17, 2017

Low Carb Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Welcome back, reader friends! I hope today finds you enjoying the blessings around you! We had a super busy day, but when we got back home I still had chicken breasts waiting for me to turn them into jerky for my dog's treats. Once the dehydrator was full of thinly sliced chicken strips, there were still a couple breasts left. I decided to chop them up into nuggets to make a low carb dish for supper since it was almost time to eat. As I chopped, I decided to be creative and not do regular nuggets. It was Chicken Parmesan that ended up calling my name the loudest. I knew it was quick and easy enough that I could make a quick post for you to share the recipe.

Just a quick note before I give you the recipe: I had seen a breading method using butter as a base for the breading and then baking. I figured since I was already experimenting with a recipe, I would give it a try. In the future, I will stick with an egg base and quickly pan fry in coconut or olive oil.

Low Carb Parmesan Chicken Nuggets 
1/2 cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend
               If not available, equal amount 
               of almond meal can be subbed. 
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t Louisiana Seasoning or seasoning salt
1 t Italian seasoning
1 stick butter, melted in a medium bowl
2-3 chicken breasts cut into strips or 
1 - 1-1/2 cups shredded Italian style cheese 
1 8oz can Hunt's Basil, Garlic, Oregano
        Tomato Sauce

Melt the butter in the bowl. Mix the first seven ingredients in a separate bowl.

Dip the nuggets in the butter and then dredge in the breading mix. Place coated nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The nuggets themselves are low carb. 

Place in the oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until nuggets or strips are done. Liquid will run clear and meat will not be pink in the middle when proper doneness is reached.

Scoot nuggets close together. Top with 1 - 1-1/2 cups of Italian style shredded cheese. Pour desired amount of tomato sauce over the cheese. To keep the carb count low, limit the amount of tomato sauce. You could even leave it off and serve it on the side. If you are doing Trim Healthy Mama, the tomato sauce could push this dish into a crossover if care isn't taken. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it just may not be what you want to do.

Place back into hot oven and continue baking until the cheese is melted and the sauce is heated through. 

Make your life simple. Grab the easiest, quickest vegetable you have available that suits your tastes and needs, heat it up, and enjoy your meal!

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!