17 June 2013

Healthy kid's recipes - easy cheese scones and crunchy oven baked chicken nuggets

Healthy kid's recipes - easy cheese scones and crunchy chicken nuggets

Happily creating
Well after a weekend at my mother-in-law's eating wonderful fragrant curry and being cooked for (my other half is Mauritian) I was ready this morning to start cooking again. Although I live, breathe and sleep food, I do like a little break sometimes as I then get excited about cooking again. My day started off with freshly made soda bread using spelt flour and carried on just as nicely.

Scones ready for the oven
Today in my afterschool cooking class we made cheese scones and chicken nuggets. It was again a great class and very messy. It was a quiet class too as the children were busy making the fresh scone dough, rolling it out with different shapes and making their own little designs. They then went on to make chicken nuggets which involves the children rolling the chicken nuggets in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Children love these hands-on classes and by leaving them to their own devices they happily chat and giggle with each other.

Savoury scones
These are great for breakfast, as a snack or lunchbox fillers. You could use your cheese of choice. Most of the cheese was eaten before it went into the dough so they were not the cheesiest of scones!
Preheat the oven to 180C 
125g wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
25g butter
150g grated cheese (add or reduce cheese to own taste buds)
A little milk 

  1. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl
  2. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs
  3. Now add the cheese and enough milk to form a light dough 
  4. Roll out lightly to 2inch in thickness
  5. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes and serve warm with a little butter

So the scones went into the oven and we started to prepare the chicken nuggets. Oven baked, they are much healthier than fried. They take about 15 minutes (depending on size) and come out nice and crunchy. The nuggets were polished off in minutes and all the children said they preferred them to those from McDonalds'.

Crunchy oven baked chicken nuggets
1 piece of chicken (no bone)
1 egg
¼ mug of flour, place in bowl
½ mug of breadcrumbs, place in a bowl
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 180C 
  1. Cut the chicken breast up into bite size pieces
  2. Break the egg into a bowl and whisk with a fork and add a little salt and pepper
  3. Firstly coat the chicken pieces in the flour, next in the egg then in the breadcrumbs and place on a clean plate
  4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until crispy and cooked through
  5. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!

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