Friday, April 26, 2013

Chicken Little Nuggets with Sweet Potato Fries

Personally I think that this meal is a really yummy take on a childhood favorite. It's got some different flavors and hey, it's better than any fast or frozen food ;)

As a note, I've posted these as recipes that technically need to be cooked separately; however, as there is only a 25 degree difference in the cook temps, if you keep a close eye on the sweet potato fries you can raise them temp on them and finish cooking them with the nuggets - you simply won't need to cook the fries for the full 40 minutes, in this case, and depending on when exactly you raise the temperature it would be safest to check on them every 2 minutes at most.


 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1.5 cups Panko-style bread crumbs
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1.5 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with foil. Place a rack on top of the foil-lined baking sheet.

- In a small bowl, combine the butter, cayenne pepper and salt. In a second shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs and coconut.

- Dip the chicken cubes into the butter mixture, then toss them in the coconut mixture until they are well coated.

- Place the nuggets on the rack and bake until crisp and golden, about 25 minutes.


1 sweet potato for every 2 people you are serving
Olive oil
Sea salt & Fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp Onion powder *for every potato*
2 tsp Garlic powder *for every potato*

- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

- Chop your sweet potatoes into french-fry style slices and put them in a large bowl.
 - Coat well with olive oil, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Spread the fries on a baking tray and grind sea salt and black pepper evenly over them. This is really to YOUR taste; personally I prefer a not-so-healthy dose of salt and a bare sprinkle of black pepper but to each his or her own ;)

- Bake for 40 minutes.

If you want to serve these fries with a sauce, I highly suggest mixing about 1/2 cup ketchup with maybe 1/8 cup chili sauce, then adding a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar and whisking/stirring until the sugar is basically dissolved. It's a great sweet and salty sauce to go with the sweet and salty fries!
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