OK, OK...YES! I make my children frozen Dino Buddies for dinner...often!
All these months I've kept that secret pent-up, wishing I were the perfect food blogging Mommy - but the truth is - while my husband and I are dining on deliciously pleasing Moroccan Stews, Spicy Pork Tacos and Jumbo Lump Crab... my young ....on occasion....are enjoying their fresh from the freezer, fried and then oven-baked chicken nuggets, all molded into clever little prehistoric creatures!
In Dino Buddies defense (and mine) the packaging reads, 100% all natural, no preservatives and the fun, colorful box provides a wonderful opportunity for a brief (yet age appropriate) vocabulary lesson. Dinner time (with a two and four year old) takes on a whole new vibe when reviewing such interesting words as... herbivore, carnivore, pangea and earth destroying asteroid!
But this post is NOT about Dino Buddies...because tonight I whipped up the little beauties above from scratch!
Now if you'll excuse me... I'm off to call my friends (those that don't read my blog...and so the term "friend" is used extremely lightly) and subtly drop a line or two about these homemade chicken strips my children adored!
I can hear myself now, "What are they called you say? You make your little ones Dino-bits? Buds? Buddies? No, I've actually never heard of them...?" ;)
Simple Homemade Chicken Strips
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3-5 inch pieces (about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Olive oil for pan frying
Preheat oven to 300. Mix together flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cheese. Lightly beat the two eggs in a small separate bowl.
Dredge chicken strips in four mixture, then dip in egg wash, then back to flour mixture, coating well and shaking off excess.
In a large pan with olive oil over medium heat, fry up the chicken strips in batches and cook until lightly browned all around (about 3-4 minutes). Adjust heat setting and add oil as needed.
Place in oven to cook through (about 5-8 minutes). Serve hot with dipping sauces.