3/1/21

Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos

 


2020 really got me out of the mood of posting or updating my site.  Even with the recipes I wanted to make sure I got posted for ease of finding and using later (for me and my kids).  I have just shoved the scribbled or printed pieces of paper into random binders, albums or notebooks and yes... regretted it many times when I can't find the one recipe I'm looking for.  

This isn't much of a 'recipe' except for the chicken marinade.  I use it on chicken thighs because they have the best flavor and they stay moist when grilling.  I've never been a big fan of chicken breasts - not even as a teen.  Too dry for my tastes.  But my husband likes chicken breasts so I do use this marinade for both breasts and thighs.

A good idea is to have the chicken one night as a main dish with a couple side salads/side dishes.  But grill a couple extra pieces and use them the next night to make these soft shell tacos.

 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

low carb tortillas
grilled chicken thighs
sour cream
salsa
green onions
cheddar cheese
avocados, black olives, red or yellow onions, anything you want to put on them

You don't have to use this marinade for the chicken.  You can simply use a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.  You could also use a cup of salsa to marinade them.  Or skip a marinade and just use any mixture of seasonings to flavor your chicken before grilling.  But if you wish, this is one of our favorites.

Fresh lime zest
Lime Juice
Oil - avocado or olive oil
Fresh garlic
Chipotle Powder
Cilantro
salt and pepper

Amounts are based on how much chicken you have and what you like.  I usually zest 1-2 limes, use the squeezed juice from both, about 2-3 tablespoons oil, 2 cloves-ish of fresh minced garlic, about 1-2 T dried cilantro and if I can't find always find chipotle powder at the store (it's really hard to find it where I live except mixed in other spice blends... what the heck?) I use a mesa chipotle blend I can find at Walmart or any other southwestern blend that has chipotle in it (Mrs. Dash makes one).

Marinade about 4-6 chicken thighs (not the legs attached, just the thighs) for as long as you wish.  I usually mix the marinade in the morning or late morning and grill that afternoon.   The lime can 'cook' the chicken if it's marinated too long so 6-8 hours is max.  1 hour minimum.  

Remove the chicken from the bone when done, and make your own tacos as you like them.






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2/18/21

#WhatsForDinner from my Instagram... Chicken Cordon Bleu and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

Just a quick fly-by post of dinner:  Chicken Cordon Bleu with Roasted Brussels Sprouts - so easy!

Remember when I posted my homemade chicken nuggets post?  Using that breading I did some make-ahead cooking prep for a couple versions of stuffed chicken breasts.  I did one as a Cheese Stuffed Taco Flavored Chicken and a more traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu with Swiss cheese and ham.  This is that one.

Here was the nugget breading post:  Link

Here was the breading from that post that I used on this chicken as well (the options are for the amount of carbs you want in the breading)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

2 cups protein puffs, rice krispies, ground pork rinds or almond flour (or a mixture of any of them)
3/4 t paprika (see option below for a smokey spicey option)
3/4 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder
egg whites - about 2
2 t oil of choice (I used avocado but you can use whatever you like)
optional: 2 t of any Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning Blend (I use Lawry's but any brand will do!)
1-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Swiss Cheese
Diced ham
 
Mix the dry breading you've chosen with the spices.  Set aside.
Beat the egg whites with the oil.  Set aside. 

Slice the chicken on the top, thickest part of the breast.  Using your knife, cut inside the slice to form a pocket inside the chicken breast, careful not to cut through to the outside.  Stuff the inside pocket with a mixture of diced or shredded Swiss and ham.  Close the flap of the chicken.

Roll the chicken breast in the egg white/oil mixture.  Dredge in the dry breading mixture.  Lay on your baking sheet - I like to use parchment or greased foil for easy clean up.  Bake at 375 or 400 about 25 minutes until done.  I made mine ahead of time and froze them, took them out to thaw for about an hour and then baked at 400 with the Brussels Sprouts for about 25 minutes.


Brussels Sprouts

Trim Brussels Sprouts, slice in half if they are very large
olive oil - about 2-3 T
salt and pepper
butter - about 2-3 T

Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.  Drizzle about 1 T oil to cover.  Place the other 2 T oil in a Ziploc or a bowl.  Add salt and pepper.  Add about a pound of Brussels Sprouts (however much you want) and add salt and pepper.  Shake, roll or stir to coat.

Lay the Brussels sprouts on the oiled foil, dot with bits of butter.  Bake at 400 about 25-30 minutes until done.  You can shake the pan or use a spatula to flip and move them around half way through.



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2/16/21

Sugar Free Butter Cookies

 

Even when we do eat traditional wheat flour based breads, biscuits or desserts, we still make them sugar free even without thinking about it really.  I have natural sweeteners in my pantry like most people have sugar.  So yes, these cookies are made with flour so they have carbs but they are sugar free.  They melt in your mouth... oh how they just melt in your mouth! 

If you want to make them lemon or peppermint flavored, just add a few drops of flavor oils to the dough with the butter but yesterdays were just plain butter cookies with vanilla.  I topped some of with a sugar free glaze made of confectioner's style sweetener with a bit of cream and a drop or two of vanilla.  Others I left plain like a traditional butter cookie. 

Last notes:  the sweeteners.  As I always mention - I mix at least 2 or 3 for best flavor but you can use whatever your favorite go-to natural sweetener is.  I love Wholesome Yum Allulose, and Lakanto Monk Fruit/Erythritol.  I do keep Swerve on hand because it's so easy to find and is always stocked at the two grocery stores I shop at but I don't love it because of the minty taste and aftertaste but I know many people love it.  If you don't have a powdered confection version on hand you can put your granular style in a clean coffee grinder or a food processor and grind it yourself.  I think you could probably use it straight into this recipe without grinding if you add it to the butter before it's whipped so long - as it should incorporate well but honestly I always use powdered/confectioners or grind it to a power myself so I don't know what your texture might be by doing so.


Sugar Free Butter Cookies

1 lb. real butter
1 c powdered/confectioner style natural sweetener (links below this post to some I use)
1/2 c corn starch
pinch of salt (optional if you use salted butter)
3 c flour
1 1/2 t vanilla extract (or use 1/2 t various good quality flavor oils like lemon or peppermint)

Whip the 4 sticks of real butter in an electric mixer for at least 3-4 minutes until it's smooth and pale in color.  Add the cornstarch and sweetener(s) along with a dash of salt if you are using it. 
Add the flour and vanilla.  As soon as the dry is blended, remove the dough and use in your favorite cookie press to press out cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 13 minutes at 325 or until they are done but not browned.  These freeze well.  You can drizzle or brush them with a simple powdered sweetener glaze if you want.






Cookie Presses available through Amazon if you don't already have one.


Swerve Sweetener, Confectioners (Pack of 2)

 

 

Lakanto, Sweetener Monk Fruit Powdered, 16 Ounce 




Wholesome Yum Besti Keto Powdered Allulose Sweetener - Natural Powdered Sugar Replacement (16 oz / 1 lb) - Non GMO, Zero Carb, Zero Calorie Confectioner’s Sugar Substitute 




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2/14/21

Homestyle Pizza Dough

 

 

Recipe trials... they never end.  Not for me they don't.  Even if I have a recipe I know we love.  A go-to recipe that I make for years... that doesn't mean I'll never try a similar new recipe in the future to see if we might like it better, or perhaps our tastes have changed over the years and we find we like a different recipe better.  

I have a pizza crust recipe I love.  I've made it for 20 years.  I've posted it here numerous times.

At this point in our lives, we typically eat keto or low carb but sometimes we just want a real, traditional flour-based awesome pizza crust.  Last weekend I decided although I love my go-to crust of the last 20 years, I'd go ahead and try a new one just to check and make sure I still love my go-to crust of the last 20 years.

And I do.

This one is fine... it's good. Interestingly enough, it doesn't use dry milk like my go-to recipe does, but it tastes almost exactly like the one I usually make which does use powdered milk.

I made two pizzas last weekend; One regular pepperoni (my husbands favorite) and one a Greek Style with feta, kalamata olives, garlic and spinach.  If you follow me on Instagram I'm sure you saw them on my story.

 

Pizza Dough

2 1/4 t dry active yeast
1 t sugar
1 1/4 c warm (not hot) water
dash of salt
3+ c bread flour or all purpose flour
2 T olive oil

Mix the yeast, sugar and water together in a small bowl and let it foam for a couple minutes while you mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer like KitchenAid.  Add the water/yeast mixture and the olive oil.
Stir with the bread dough hook slowly until it starts to mix and then up to a slow-medium. Let it knead for about 5 minutes.  Rub your hands with oil and remove the dough ball from the bowl - it will be a bit sticky.  Cover it with a thin layer of oil and place into a sprayed/oiled bowl and place in a warm area to raise to double size.
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Heat your pizza stone in the oven while it's preheating.
Separate your dough into 2 or 3 (depending on how many you want and how thick the crust).
Sprinkle flour on parchment paper and form your dough into a circle, pressing or rolling it out as thick and large as you wish.
Now you can bake your pizza on the pizza stone by removing it, tossing on some cornmeal so the dough doesn't stick, and carefully transferring your dough to the hot stone and quickly adding the cheese and toppings and sauce you want or you can transfer the dough to the stone still on parchment and bake it that way.  Up to you.  Either way, make your pizza, bake it for about 20 minutes and check for doneness in the center. 

 

 






 





 

 

 

 

 

 

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2/11/21

My Grandmother's Recipe Box: Butterscotch Cake and Sweetened Condensed Milk Dessert

 

This morning I have a few minutes free so I thought I'd quickly add a couple more recipes from my Grandmother's recipe box.  One of them is pretty difficult to read as it's one of the older ones and written with a pencil.  The second one is in pen so it hasn't faded as much!



This is one of the older ones, and quite faded as it's written in pencil.  Looks like it's from 'Francis'.  I have no idea who that is but butterscotch cake sounds pretty good.

 

Butterscotch Cake

2 1/4 c cake flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c shortening
2/3 c milk
1 t vanilla

Beat these items 2 minutes.  Then add

1/3 c milk
2 unbeaten eggs

Beat 2 minutes more.  Bake 315 30-35 minutes.






 

Condensed Milk Dessert

Boil 1 can sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours.
Remove from can.
Add 1/4 c cold coffee.
1 cup nut meats.

Serve with whipped cream.





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2/10/21

My Grandmother's Recipe Box - Fattigman's (A Christmas Cookie)

  

 

This recipe is old, old, old.  This card is much loved, much used!  

My mother remembers Grandma making these from the time she was born.  It was a Christmas cookie they had every single year, without fail ever since she can remember.  My Mother turns 70 this year so this recipe card is probably her age or a few years older as she can't remember Grandma 'not' making these and she is the 3rd sibling in their family and she was making them before my Mom was born.  

I remember these from Grandma's house as well.  Grandma didn't have time to make a lot of Christmas cookies, but our Swedish heritage came out in those she did.  These and Rosette's were always, always served at Christmas at Grandma's house along with our Christmas Eve dinner of Oyster Stew, Lefsa and Lutefisk. 

 



Fattigman

5 egg yolks, beaten slightly
5 T sugar
5 T sweet cream
1 t vanilla
Flour enough to make a stiff dough

Roll out thin and cut in shapes with a slit in the middle.  Fry in hot fat.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.




Note:  You cut them into a diamond shape, cut the slit in the middle and then right before you drop in hot grease to fry, you flip and tuck one end of the cookie dough through the slit and pull it gently forming a little 'knot'.  

 

 

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2/9/21

My Grandmother's Recipe Box - Matte's Corn Flake Cookies and Jello Rhubarb Jam

  

Many years ago I started a 'thing' on An American Housewife called "My Grandmother's Recipe Box" after I inherited one of her actual old recipe boxes.  The recipes are often so... vintage... that they are hard to read, faded and the cards are lovingly worn.  She and most of the ladies that shared these recipes back and forth were born circa 1920-1928 so they would have been trading recipes as newly-weds and young mothers in the 40's-50's. 

I was given the recipe box a long time ago - when she was still alive, although she did pass away in 2017.  Now it's even more special to me. 

I've posted a number of these previously, but it's been enough years ago now that I don't recall which ones I've posted so I'm just choosing a couple at random.

 

Today is Matte's Corn Flake Cookies and  Jello Rhubarb Jam

 


 

Matte's Corn Flake Cookies

1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
3 eggs
2 c oatmeal
2 c cornflakes
2 c flour
1 t vanilla
1 c coconut
1 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda mixed with 2 T hot water

Drop with a teaspoon on a greased pan.  They spread. 




Jello Rubarb Jam (spelling original to her card)

4 c rubarb (sp -rhubarb)
4 c sugar
add: -
1 pkg. jello

Boil rubarb and sugar.  Add 1 pkg. jello.  Put in jars and seal. 




(I'm guessing a good jello flavor would be strawberry or raspberry with this one!)



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Cheez-It's - homemade

I've posted a couple cracker recipes already - but this one has been sitting in my files, forgotten, for 5 years now!  I've made numerous versions of these little Cheez-It like crackers and use whatever cheese I have on hand. Usually just mild cheddar but once in a while I buy sharp - which is really what these little crackers like best.

This version is not low-carb or keto as it does use a whole cup of flour.  Some of my other recipes are low carb though if that's what you're look for!

 

Cheez-its

8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c butter, room temperature
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1 c flour
2 T water, iced

In a food processor, pulse the cheese, butter, and salt until combined. Add the flour and pulse a couple times to form crumbs.  Slowly add the water until the dough just forms a ball.  Chill the dough in plastic wrap for about an hour.  

Roll out the dough very thin (about 1/8") between parchment paper.  Cut them in 1″ squares and to give them a Cheez-It look, you can use a straw to punch a hole in the center - or you can just prick with a fork.  Sprinkle lightly with a bit of salt and bake at 375 for about 12 minutes, checking to move some around if the outside crackers are getting done before the center.   Let cool and eat!




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Grilled Chicken with Basting Sauce - using red wine vinegar and red pepper

Another grilled chicken recipe!  So, again, I'm going through draft files and trying to clean up some of the clutter.  Apparently I put this one in my files over 5 years ago!  I honestly don't recall if I've made it or not.  Many times I make the recipe, but if I don't take a photo at the time (because you all know this is NOT a 'food photo blog' for pete's sake, LOL) then sometimes I just keep the recipe unpublished until I can grab a photo on my cellphone to post with it.

So... in order to get more draft files out of draft and into publish where I and my family can find them faster, here is another grilled chicken basting sauce.  This one however, is good use on chicken BREASTS.  Whereas my previous and most recipe posting (the fair-like chicken marinade) is really only good on the thighs/legs of dark meat.


Grilled Chicken with Basting Sauce

8 bone-in chicken breasts halves
1/4 c butter
1/2 t dried crushed red pepper
2 T red wine vinegar
1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1-1/2 t lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced

In a saucepan, combine butter, red pepper, vinegar, black pepper, worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and lemon juice.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and everything is blended.  Season chicken with salt and pepper, and grill about 15 minutes before starting to baste every 5-10 minutes, while keeping the grill lid down in between bastings.  Continue to turn and baste until the chicken is done - about 35-40 minutes total for thick breast halves.  Smaller might not take as long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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German Waffles - Thick and light and dessert-like

I was craving waffles today.  I'm a fan of almost any kind of waffle, but thick Belgian waffles are a favorite.  I don't use syrup or butter or any topping; I just add an extra dose of vanilla extract and eat them as they are.  Many people love whipped cream and strawberries on them - which is fine - or chocolate (yuck) but I'm pretty happy with plain old Belgian waffles, or maybe just a light dusting of powdered sugar/sweetener.  Yum!

However, when I had waffles earlier today, I opted to stay true to keto/low carb and didn't give in to yummy, thick Belgian waffles.  I will though soon.  I'll still make them sugar free - we are completely sugar free without even really thinking about it.  But on a day when I'm ok with higher carbs, I'm going to give in and make nice thick, cake like Belgian waffles.   

But today in my recipe collection - a German waffle.  I just want to get a few of the draft files posted so I can find them quick and easy later on... and clean up the clutter of 'draft' files.  Clutter.  Clutter I tell ya!  Clean it up.

From my files circa 2016... waiting to be published but never saw the light of day.   Get outta my draft files and into my saved online collection for future reference! 


German Waffles

1 c softened butter
1 1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
6 eggs divided into yolks and whites
4 c sifted flour
1 T baking powder (sifted in with flour)
2 c slightly warmed milk, adding a bit at a time as you mix

Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks in a bowl.  Set aside.

Beat the 6 egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then fold the whites into butter mixture gently, until mixture is evenly colored.

Make in a Belgian style waffle iron as usual.  Serve as is, or with a dusting of powdered sugar, whipped cream, berries, etc.




 

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You don't need a hugely expensive waffle iron, but you do need a waffle iron to make waffles.  (Or else they are just pancakes!  LOL).  I gave my square waffle iron to my daughter a number of years ago, and always intended on replacing it but so far I'm still using a very cheap, round Belgian waffle iron maker and you know what?  It works just fine!  (I didn't think they still sold my brand - but I just checked Amazon and they do.  I just have a Bella brand - BELLA Classic Rotating Non-Stick Belgian Waffle Maker.  I think I've had mine about 5 years now and it's working just as well as the day I bought it.  No issues here even though I see some reviewers say they had issues.)


Other options:



Presto 03510 Ceramic FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker,Black

KRUPS Belgian Waffle Maker, Waffle Maker with Removable Plates, 4 Slices, Black and Silver

Oster Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel (CKSTWF2000)

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron, Silver

 




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Keto Runza (or Beirocks) as seen on my Instagram

 


 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw the keto, low carb Runza we had last week.  You might know them as Beirocks, but it's all the same;  a ground beef and cabbage based filling inside a sealed pastry.

I'm not a big fan of meat sandwiches in any form, but when it's cold and gray outside, your body craves hot, filling foods like this.  The original kinds use a bread/bun wrapped but being low carb most of the time we made ours with a fat head style pastry dough.  I loved how it well it worked on these pastries, and it held together even after baking.  

The filling can be played with as you wish.  I did.  I kept tasting it and deciding what else I wanted to add, as it's really bland made the basic way it's often made in the Midwest.  Adjust and add things you like.   Next time I make these for my husband I'll probably add mushrooms and cheddar to the fillings as well.


Keto Runza

Dough:
2 eggs
3 c shredded mozzarella cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
3 c almond flour

Blend the eggs and cream cheese in a food processor with an S blade by pulsing a couple times.  Add the shredded mozzarella and almond flour.  Pulse a few times until it comes together to make a dough.  Remove.  Cut dough in half to work with one half at a time.  Form squares or rectangles (about 4 per disk) about 5" or so.  I made rectangles and folded them over as pockets instead of the way a lot of people make them (squares) and pinch the corners together.  

Place about 1/2 c filling in each rectangle, fold over, fold edges and seal.  You can fold and seal them however you wish including making a circle, folding in half and sealing the prongs of a fork.  Here is a photo of my rectangle made into a pocket.

Filling:
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 - 1 head cabbage (depending on the size of your cabbage)
1/2 large yellow onion or if small, use the whole thing
salt and pepper to taste
worchestershire sauce - about a teaspoon, or soy sauce optional
garlic - fresh or powder optional
mushrooms - optional, teaspoon of mustard or vinegar optional

Brown the beef and onion.  Add the cabbage, salt and pepper.  Taste and decide if you want to add any of the options.  Simmer about 30-40 minutes.  Drain well in a wire colander so your pastry dough stays firm.  Use in Runza.

I baked on parchment paper for about 35 minutes at 350 and opted to brush them with butter both before and after baking.

 

This shows my seams... place seam side down to bake.










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Grilled Chicken Marinade - similar to the kind you see/smell/taste at a fair

 

Too many files in my files!  I have thousands of food photos I've snapped over the years with the intention of putting them on the website for easy-finding later that I never got around to or just updated photos for things I've been making for years and already have the recipe in my files online but thought I'd add a new photo.

And then... life.

So I never did.

And the files reproduced like rabbits because I'm frustrated every time I open the food file on my laptop.

So quick and simply - here is a photo of chicken grilling - I have no idea of when or where I've posted this marinade but I'm sure I have as I've been using it for about 20 years now.  It's a summer 'fair' style chicken marinade.  Like, when you are at a county fair, walking down the food vendor aisles and there is a fundraiser by a local non-profit group that is grilling chicken.  This is that kind of chicken.

Note:  I only like this marinade with chicken thighs.  Oddly enough, when I've tried it with chicken breasts, it doesn't have the same flavor and I really do not like it.  But for whatever reason, this is excellent with the chicken thighs and legs.

Chicken thigh/leg marinade

1 egg
1 c oil of choice (like canola)
2 c apple cider vinegar
1 t hickory smoke flavoring
1 t garlic pepper
1 T salt
1 T poultry seasoning
1 t black pepper

Put the ingredients into a saucepan on the stove, and whisk them as you turn on the heat.  Warm over medium and stir until thick, but do not boil.  Cool.  Add 3-4 lbs. chicken thighs and marinate for at least 2 hours, up to 6-8.  Grill as usual.  











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2/5/21

Amazing Homemade Chicken Nuggets! - AND a Keto (low carb and sugar free) healthy chicken nugget option that can also be made into boneless hot wings or use in keto orange chicken/general tso's chicken

 
 
That title was a mouth full but my oldest daughter uses my site for our recipes and I want to make it easy for her to find this one using a search - not to mention myself.  (Remember, An American Housewife is my own personal recipe site to store them for our family but I've always made it public to help others as well!).
 
There are more low carb food options on the market than ever before... but unfortunately they are expensive. Oh so expensive. And the main ingredient for the keto option for these nuggets does involve one high-budget ingredient.  The unflavored protein puffs.  I keep a container in my pantry at all times and I've been buying them for a few years now but they are about $20 a jar.  *But* they have a LOT of uses and are a fun ingredient to have on hand.  Because they are expensive I want to talk about them for just one second.
The unflavored protein puffs are little crispy, hard balls.  I keep these on hand to make keto rice krispy bars using sugar free marshmallows!  I also use these to make our own version of sugarfree candy bars of all kinds.  Even if you just use sugar free chocolate and mix these in, you have a perfect imitation of a Crunch bar - but I use them with sugar free caramel and chocolate, sometimes sugar free wafers, etc. You can also put these in yogurt, ice cream, etc. Any time you need a crunch with high protein and no sugar.  So yes they are expensive but there are a lot of uses for them and I love them... I just wish they weren't so expensive!  I order mine from Amazon (links included here and below).
I'm also going to mention there are great keto cereals out there now - which make good rice krispy (rice crispy) style bars but dang... it's $11 - $15 a box for the cereal.  Sigh. 

Now, back to the chicken.
 
  • To make awesome homemade chicken nuggets if you don't eat keto or low carb - use Rice Krispies.
  • To make awesome homemade chicken nuggets if you are kind of low carb, use the Rice Krispies.
  • To make awesome homemade chicken nuggets with a lower carb count but you can't afford to use half the container of ProMix unflavored protein puffs, use half protein puffs and half the crispy cereal.
  • To make awesome homemade chicken nuggets that are keto, use all protein puffs or supplement with part pork rinds.

I didn't have enough protein puffs left for a full batch, but I did have crispy rice cereal in the pantry left over from my Christmas baking shopping trip.  The carb count in the cereal isn't bad when you consider you aren't eating a whole bowl of it and you aren't eating a couple rice krispy bars!  You are grinding it up and using it to bread your chicken.  Two cups of the cereal has a total of 45 carbs (Fitday) and that would be enough to do a LOT of chicken chunks.  So it would feed 4-6 people.  

Play with the recipe and the ingredients and make it your own.
 
 




On Thursday I did a food prep day and made a lot of the breading mix.  I made enough for 2 huge pans of homemade nuggets, plus extra I put into the container and reused to store it in the pantry.

I ground it in batches;  some I made a fine powder, some were in medium sized bits and some I only pulsed a few times in the food processor so it had some big crispy pieces left. 

BREADING

2 cups protein puffs, rice krispies, ground pork rinds or a mixture of all three
3/4 t paprika (see option below for a smokey spicey option)
3/4 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder
egg whites - about 2
2 t oil of choice (I used avocado but you can use whatever you like)
optional:  1/4 t cayenne and use a smokey paprika or chipotle blend for spicier
                or 2 t of any Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning Blend (I use Lawry's but any brand will do!)
1-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks or 'chicken fingers' size

Cut the chicken.
Place the protein puffs, the cereal or the pork rinds in a food processor.  Add the 3 spices for regular breaded nuggets.  Opt for the smokey paprika blend or cayenne option for a little more spice or add the chicken seasoning blend for a yummy regular chicken nugget that has a little more flavor.  Pulse the processor using the S-blade.  I like to do a couple different batches so I can pulse half into a powder and the second batch leaving in larger crispy pieces.  I'm all about the breading!  I like nice coverage and crispy chicken pieces.

Mix the egg whites with the oil.
Now dredge the chicken chunks first in the egg white, then the dry mix, then place on an oiled baking sheet (I line mine with foil and then oil/grease them).  Bake at 375 until golden brown and crispy.

When they come out you can salt and serve as is or for boneless hot wings, brush them with a mixture of 4 T hot sauce like Franks or Tapatio' and 4 T melted butter!  OH MY GOODNESS they are amazing.
 
 
 
 
 
I hate (hate!) breading food items.  I like to use plastic food service gloves, and I use my left hand for the egg wash and my right hand for the dry crumb mix - that keeps them from getting too gummed up.
 


All done breading... now either into the oven OR you can freeze them until frozen solid, then put them all into a Ziplock for a future meal.


 

Into the oven with you!

 


THIS BATCH is being brushed with the hot sauce and butter mixture.
Not only was amazing that night for dinner but I used the leftovers
to make a spicy Orange Chicken/General Tso's type dish the next night.
*Did I post that recipe yet? If not, I will this weekend*

 

So good.  A close up showing the different sizes of 'crispies' I like to use.  Some small, some larger.

   

Here is a close up of my empty container of ProMix.  LOL.  I was out of protein puffs with this last recipe so I reused the container to store the extra breading I made.

 


You can see big and small pieces of crispy breading.  I had to use a mixture of both cereal and protein puffs as I was down to the last cup of puffs.



 And into the pantry for future meals!!!


 

 

You might be interested in some of the products related to this post.....  available through Amazon.  You might be able to find the puffs at a GNC or some place?  I don't know.  I have only bought mine through Amazon and Netrition.com but Netrition didn't carry them anymore so the last two (or three?) times has been through Amazon.  :)



ProMix Whey Protein Isolate Puffs, 30 Servings | 10g Protein, 0g Sugar, 50 calories per serving | Grass Fed Protein Crisps, Healthy High Protein Low Sugar 



ProMix Nutrition Container of Unflavored Grass-Fed Whey Protein, 1 Pound 

 

 

HighKey Keto Protein Breakfast Cereal - 0 Net Carb & Zero Sugar, Grain & Gluten Free Cereals Snack - Non GMO Food - Paleo, Diabetic, Ketogenic Diet Friendly Flakes - Healthy Grocery Foods - Frosted

HighKey Keto Snacks - Protein Breakfast Cereal - 0 Net Carb & Zero Sugar, Grain & Gluten Free Cereals Snack Food - Paleo, Diabetic, Ketogenic Diet Friendly - Non GMO - Healthy Grocery Foods - Cinnamon

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