Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kids Lunchbox Club - Chickpea Nuggets

Today's recipe is a childhood favourite turned healthy. If you saw the way chicken nuggets were made perhaps you'd never eat them again, let alone give them to your children.
Yet I don't believe in deprivation....
So fill your kids lunch box with these nuggets instead :-)
(Or your own, or your husbands.....)
Although panko breadcrumbs do work best fried, they also work baked to give a nice crispy outer layer - of course you can fry these nuggets if you would prefer.


You'll need:
2 tins chickpeas
2 spring onions
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon garlic powder

*panko breadcrumbs to coat

Drain the chickpeas and mash well.
Finely chop the spring onions and add them to the mashed chickpeas along with the other ingredients.
Stir until well combined.
The mixture will hold together.
Shape into nugget pieces and coat in panko breadcrumbs.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Apparently these are best served with either tomato sauce, BBQ sauce or mayonnaise - depending who you ask in our home ;-)


  1. Awesome; these look great! I love simple recipes like this! :)

    1. I'm all for simple recipes! :-) Esp ones kids will enjoy too!

  2. I remember watching Jamie Olivers school lunch programme in the UK and trying to get the children to stop eating the commercially made chicken and turkey nuggets - unable to convince them, he showed them how they were made and yes it was horrible. I have no idea why anyone would eat any of the processed meats as they have no taste of texture - for not vegetarians, its just as easy to make your own with organic meat. But these do look very nice dipped into sweet chilli sauce!

    1. Yes I was thinking of that very clip when I was typing this up! Its incredible that the kids still ate them anyway :-/ eeekkkkkkkk
      Have you seen the one where he holds up the veggies and the children don't even know which ones they are??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mmmmmmmm, now I didn't think to dip in sweet chili at the time but I most definitely will from now on :D

  3. These look great! I'd love them with a bit of dipping sauce.

    1. Thank you :-)
      Yes they are perfect dipping food :-)

  4. Your nuggets look fantastic Sandy and I like the sound of the ingredients!

    1. Thank you - I'm glad you like the sound of them - they are really tasty - but I'm bias ;-)

  5. these look really simple and delicious - chicken nuggets is not something I ever had much as a child (except when siblings at fast food cafes brought home leftovers) and they were horrid - these sound so much nicer

    1. lol yeah I must admit that I've never really been a chicken nugget fan, even as a child.
      Much healthier too ;-)