Cheesy Chicken Nuggets made without grains, low carb and baked not fried with a zesty, creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce!
I entered a challenge! A Chopped Challenge on the Food Network!
If you’re a foodie lover like me you must know about the show. 4 chosen chefs. 3 rounds each of a basket of some basic, and usually one, unique food item. They must create an appetizer, entree and then a dessert within a time limit for a chance to win $10,000!
The Food Network and Sargento Cheese are sponsoring this opportunity and bringing this challenge to all home cooks everywhere for your own chance to win $10,ooo!
To inspire you all I’ve been chosen to create a dish as well!
My dish had to include the following:
– Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded 6 Cheese Italian
– Boneless skinless chicken breast
– Red bell pepper
– Greek yogurt
Thankfully the ingredients weren’t as crazy as they give contestants on the show!
All of these items are pretty basic and easy in my opinion!
The other fabulous thing about this challenge is there is NO time limit, woot woot!
I don’t think I could ever work under a time constraint and pull it off successfully. I’d rather not find out lol!
The most important thing I think in any successful meal is getting depth of flavor and pairing things together to make them feel as if they were always meant to be together.
Although I have no training from a Culinary school I do come from a home of talented cooks.
What has inspired me most is watching cooking shows like Rachel Ray, Nigella, and even The Pioneer Woman ( a homeschooling momma like me!) who also had no formal training, yet are quite successful.
My plan is to one day go back to school for a degree in Culinary & Nutrition at Johnson & Whales in my hometown of RI.
But until then I will continue to be inspired by others who have gone before me that have paved the way and the reputation for all home cooks.
Maybe you’re wondering why I would choose a basic nugget to share for this challenge?
1. It’s not a basic nugget. It contains no grains at all. It uses chicken breast so it’s even healthier than other nuggets.
2. My kids love nuggets.
3. Everyone loves and eats nuggets.
Oven fried basically means….you guessed it…..BAKED! But oven fried sounds a whole lot tastier don’t you think?
And just by looking at these you wouldn’t believe they were baked right?
Sorry to say though you can’t use my recipe but hopefully I’ve inspired you to create a one of a kind and unique recipe with these ingredients!
I hope one of my readers of Sugar-Free Mom WINS $10,000, so go ahead and enter the Food Network Chopped Challenge!
I can’t wait to see all the creations!
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Oven Fried Cheesy Chicken Nuggets with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 2 1/2 pound chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups Sargento Chef Blends 6 Cheese Italian
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 2 red bell peppers or 1 1/2 cups roasted peppers
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt plain
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt & pepper to taste
Place your chicken breasts and seasonings into a food processor and pulse until the meat is ground well.
Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and sir in the Sargento cheese. Set aside.
Grease a baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a shallow bowl combine the flax seed, Parmesan, salt and parsley.
Form a tablespoons size ball of the chicken mixture, it will be sticky.
Drop it into the flax and Parm mixture.
Roll it around to coat it all over and flatten it to form an oval shape.
Continue with the rest and place onto the baking pan.Should make 48 nuggets.
Bake nuggets for 15 minutes then flip them over and bake another 10 minutes.
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Place the peppers on a gas grill on medium high heat. Once one side gets blackened turn to another side until it's all charred.
Place peppers in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap for about 15-20 minutes.
Once cooled, scrap off the skin and stem and seeds and place into a blender with the rest of the ingredients.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve with nuggets.
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 9*
Available in 30 versatile varieties, unique blends and distinct cuts, Sargento Shredded Cheese is always cut from blocks of 100% real, natural cheese. For more inspiration, check out the Sargento Pinterest page or visit Sargento.com for more information. The Chopped at Home Challenge gives viewers a chance to create their best recipe using the selected basket ingredients, including Sargento Shredded Cheese, for a chance to win $10,000!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sargento®. The opinions and text are all mine.