March Madness ::: Game Snacks

Homemade Chick Fil A inspired Nuggets

Homemade B-Ball Game Snacks ::: Chick-Fil-A inspired

Enjoying a special homemade snack is an essential part of the IU experience in my Sports Basement. Add a craft beer or cocktail and we have a party! Yesterday, I was inspired by one of my very favorite snack foods, the chicken nugget. I have LONG enjoyed chicken nuggets and I fondly recall my parents using them as a bribery go-to when I was a wee one. Hmmm, it has been a long love affair.

These days I avoid fast food unless I get a McDonald’s French Fry and Coca Cola craving, then I indulge. As for fast food nuggets, those days are long gone. Remember the pink slime image that showed the world the real chicken nugget ingredients? After that it was no more fast food (except fries and a coke) for me. Truth be told, I will splurge on an In and Out burger when I am on the West coast, a Shake Shack burger on the East coast and a Hinkle cheeseburger every once in a while. Yum!

The BIG IU game today seemed like the perfect opportunity to create the nugget experience at home. I love using healthy ingredients like free range chicken and whole wheat flour. Baking the chicken makes this a heart healthy recipe to boot. I paired the nuggets with a few of my favorite custom sauces for dipping, Salt & Pepper Sriracha Ketchup and Honey Mustard Horsey Sauce.

Try this recipe for the next IU game, it pleases a crowd.  There are two surprise ingredients, test the palates of your guests and see if they can name them.

Chick-Fil-A nuggets with Salt & Pepper Sriracha Ketchup and Honey Mustard Horsey Sauce

Homemade baked chicken nuggets with Salt & Pepper Sriracha Ketchup and Honey Mustard Horsey Sauce

Homemade baked chicken nuggets with Salt & Pepper Sriracha Ketchup and Honey Mustard Horsey Sauce

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice (sour dill is my favorite) *surprise ingredient
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar *surprise ingredient
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon dried basil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for brushing about 1/4 cup

1. Cut the chicken in 1 inch by 1/2 inch nuggets

2. Marinate in 1/2 cup pickle juice for 1 hour

3. Pre heat the oven to 400

4.  Beat the egg and milk in a bowl

5. Dip the chicken pieces each into the egg on both sides, then coat in flour on both sides, dust off excess flour

6. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, you could also use a wire rack.

7. Brush the nuggets lightly with oil

8. Bake 4 minutes on one side and turn, brush other side with oil

9. Bake 4 more minutes

10. Place under a high broiler for 1 to 2 minutes and WATCH VERY CLOSELY! This creates the crispiness and the nuggets can burn easily if you leave them under the heat for too long.

**this recipe is loosely based on the Chick-Fil-A copy cat recipe from the Hilah Cooking website

Salt & Pepper Sriracha Ketchup

  • 1 cup ketchup – I like organic, without High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked peppercorns
  •  small pinch of kosher salt

Place the peppercorns under a clean kitchen towel and use a rolling-pin to break them up. Mix them with the rest of the ingredients and pour the sauce in a cute bowl. Reserve a few of the peppercorns for garnish.

Honey Mustard Horsey Sauce

  • 1 cup non fat Greek Yogurt – super healthy substitute for mayo or sour cream, I like to use organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish, more if you like it HOT
  • 1 teaspooon Dijon mustard

Mix all ingredients together and add a pinch or two of salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste, pour the sauce in a cute bowl.

Serve the nuggets piled high on a serving tray.

Go Hoosiers, beat Temple!


Spring ! Where art thou?

This may be the coldest start to spring in last 50 years but that’s okay, good things come to those who wait. As I shake off the last waves of winter hibernation the theme for me this spring is growing and blooming. I tend to take care of myself with a few standard practices and I could definitely do a better job with consistency. Some serious TLC is in order with warm cups of chamomile tea, yummy meditations and yoga sessions.  Here is a list of my 5 favorite spring things I want to experience this season.

1. Plant flowers and vegetables – I am dreaming of blush ruffle peonies and fresh garden lettuces. Check out my Gardening board on Pinterest for inspiration.

2. Learn more about Reiki – Energy work has had a profound effect on my life and I want to learn more. My Reiki Master, Lisa Meuser of Integrative Healing is an incredible healer and she has helped me break through patterns and energy blocks.

3. Paint the exterior of my house – A subtle and sophisticated shade of Green Blue is what I am dreaming. My favorite paint colors are from Farrow & Ball.

4. Travel – I am craving the calmness of BIG water. I want to enjoy a long weekend at a cottage on Lake Michigan, complete with magical walks along with beach with my honey and my pup.

5. Meditate – This is an anchor in my life. Currently I am working through a 21 day meditation guided by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. This is beautiful way to get started or reinvigorate your practice.


Henry enjoying the daffodils last spring

Set your intentions for spring and let the Law of Attraction work its magic and abundance will bloom naturally. Share your plans with me in the comments, I would love to know what your soul is craving as the new season arrives.