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Like most kids, my boys have always been fans of chicken nuggets. I don’t generally like them, although occasionally a restaurant will surprise me. The dino chicken nuggets that we always bought at Costco did not, they just don’t taste like real chunks of chicken to me. Apparently Quinn’s taste buds have matured a bit and he now refuses to eat the dino chicken nuggets as well. So I decided it was high time to make some homemade chicken nuggets. Chicken nuggets that both Quinn and I can eat.
I kept the recipe easy by using only a few ingredients.Like most kids, my boys aren’t super big on spicy or over-seasoned food. The new Hidden Valley Ranch light cucumber variety was the perfect base as it provided a nice light flavor.
Cucumber Ranch Chicken Nuggets
- ~ 1lb chicken breast tenders
- 1/2 C Hidden Valley Ranch Light Cucumber
- 2 Cups panko bread crumbs
- salt/pepper/garlic powder (optional)
After cutting up into nugget sized bites, add the chicken with 2 cups of ranch dressing to a ziplock bag. Let the chicken marinate in the dressing for a couple of hours. I suggest pan frying the bread crumbs before using them for a more golden look. However you can skip this step if you want, your chicken nuggets will just be much lighter in color.
After marinating the chicken for a few hours, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and throughly coat each piece with bread crumbs. Place chicken nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for ~10 minutes until done.
Serve with cut up veggies including cucumbers and additional light cucumber ranch dressing for dip!
The chicken nuggets were crispy without being deep-fried and the cucumber ranch gave them a nice light flavor. They made a really nice meal on a warm summer day, filling but not heavy.
By the way I found all the new Hidden Valley Ranch flavors: Cucumber, Light Cucumber, Avocado, Sweet Chili and Roasted Garlic at Walmart. Grab this coupon and save $1.00 on new Hidden Valley Ranch Flavors.