A few weeks ago when on vacation I bought "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfield. It was part of the Kohl's for Kids Campaign and only $5! So I splurged...I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, but I have found a few recipes in it to try. This one was definitely a winner! Actually the original recipe is called Aloha Chicken Kabobs...but I find kabobs to be tedious to make and then I burn the skewers, so I opted not to do them!
You may want to prepare this chicken WITHOUT your children present so they don't see what the secret ingredients are. Although, my boys didn't care!
Aloha Chicken Fingers-Deceptively Delicious
1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup panko bread crumbs(or whole wheat bread crumbs)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1/4 cup pineapple puree
1 large egg white, beaten
1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup flour
In a shallow bowl, mix together bread crumbs and flax seed. Combine purees, egg white, soy sauce, and coconut. Mix together in shallow plate/bowl. *I found this to be VERY thick, so I added some water to help thin it out. Place 1/4 cup flour onto another plate. Cut chicken into nugget or finger shapes. Dredge chicken in flour, followed by puree mix, and then breadcrumbs. Place on non-stick pan or greased cookie sheet. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place in 400 degree oven for 20-30 mins until cooked through.
**K and I really enjoyed them...but now I remember WHY I don't make these often. They are quite a bit of work, but we did decide they were worth it. K had no idea about the hidden ingredients but he could taste the coconut. The boys ate a couple bites...someday I will figure out WHY they won't eat the good homemade nuggets...These were perfectly crunchy and yummy without the frying!