Clean Eating Chicken Nuggets

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Sometimes, and it’s rare but sometimes you score big mom points at dinner. I happened to score huge mom points last night when I experimented with some clean chicken nuggets.
They were a big hit and my family ate every bite! My husband even said that they rival Chik-Fil-a nuggets!

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Ingredients

1 lb. organic boneless chicken breasts (or tenders), cut into small bite sized pieces (1/2-inch by 1-inch)
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons whole wheat panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast or you could use parmesan cheese
Coconut oil spray

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Preheat the oven to 450°.
Add the chicken with the oil followed by the salt, Italian herbs, garlic salt, oregano, and black pepper. Massage the chicken with the spices thoroughly.
Add the chicken, bread crumbs and nutritional yeast to a ziplock bag. Seal the bag and shake it all up until the chicken is coated.
Spray a baking sheet with coconut oil spray.
Lay the nuggets on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Spray the top side of the chicken with coconut oil.
Bake for 8 minutes on each side.
I’ll definitely be adding this to the weekly rotation!

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Rotisserie Chicken Soup

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The weather is getting colder and I’m painting less. It’s bittersweet as I’m focusing on a new hobby/nemesis – cooking. It’s been dreary and wet all day, perfect for soup.
I like easy, so of course I love rotisserie chicken, it’s cooked perfectly and ready to go at your grocery store for around five bucks. Can’t beat that!
Start by putting a big ol’ pot o’ water on the stove and bring to a boil. Add a couple of bay leaves and 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic. As its boiling, clean the meat from your chicken, set aside and throw all of the skin and bones and gross slimy mess into the pot. It’s much easier to debone a fresh and hot rotisserie chicken.Then sit back and read a book while it boils for about 45 minutes. Add some water if it gets low.

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Bam! You just made chicken stock! Aren’t you proud of yourself? I know I was!
Now run the stock through a fine sieve to discard all of the grossness then return the pot full of the now-not-gross stock to the stove. At this point you can freeze the stock to use for later. Now add your chicken meat, a tablespoon of italian seasoning, salt and pepper and some frozen vegetables. I used ‘Pictsweet’ frozen soup vegetables. bring back to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes.

20131107-084551.jpg There you have it! Easy-peasy homemade chicken soup! It’s even better the next day!
Ingredients:
1 rotisserie chicken
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 cups frozen vegetables of your choice
1T Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

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