Friday, April 12

Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Nuggets, Fries and Asparagus

I felt like making some chicken nuggets the other night.  I also felt like having French fries.  French fries at a restaurant are a big no-no to someone who isn't supposed to eat gluten, and I've been wanting fries for a while now.  Top that off with the fact that we are now entering into asparagus season (despite the fact that mine is still a no-show), and the hubs looooves asparagus, and voila!  You have yourself an easy weeknight dinner.  Here's the recipe--this is a recipe for two.  Adjust accordingly to make enough for your family!

What you need for the chicken:

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into chunks
1/2 C gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs
1/4-1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
2 TBSP gluten-free seasoning salt (or to taste)
1 TBSP salt (or to taste)
1 TBSP pepper (or to taste)
1 TBSP oregano (or to taste)
1 TBSP thyme (or to taste)
1 TBSP parsley (or to taste)
2 TBSP garlic powder (or to taste)
4 TBSP butter, melted

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.  Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings in a bowl large enough to allow you to dip the chicken and coat it.  Dip each piece of chicken into the butter, coating both sides, then dip into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat each piece.  Place on the baking sheet.  Repeat until all pieces are coated, arranging in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.  You can bake the French fries at the same time as the chicken, but allow extra time for the fries to bake if their regular baking temperature is higher than 400 degrees.

What you need for the French fries:
Bag of Ore-Ida (they are gluten-free!) French fries--ha!  You thought it would be more complicated!

What you need for the asparagus:
1 bunch of asparagus, with ends trimmed
Seasoning salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 TBSP butter

Melt the butter in a 10" skillet.  Break asparagus in pieces, breaking off the thick ends, and rinse.  Add to the skillet, then sprinkle seasoning salt and pepper until seasoned to taste.  Saute until desired tenderness is reached, about 10-15 minutes on low-medium heat.  

Enjoy your gluten-free, healthy dinner!  Yes, fries are healthy.  I promise.

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