Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Golden Nuggets

One of our son's favorite meals after he was diagnosed with celiac disease was chicken nuggets. Although he liked eating them, my wife and I always felt guilty giving him something that wasn't all that healthy. I wish a product like Naked Nuggets had existed sooner.

Eric and Bruce Bromberg, two chefs who operate several New York City restaurants, created Naked Nuggets, chicken nuggets that are grilled, not breaded or fried. The nuggets are made with seasoned, antibiotic-free white meat chicken and are, of course, gluten free. A serving of seven nuggets are only 140 calories and 3 grams of fat (1 gram of saturated fat).

Blue Ribbon Restaurants, the company behind Naked Nuggets, recently began selling the product in 12 oz. bags (about four servings) in the Eastern United States. Several health food stores in the Delaware Valley carry Naked Nuggets; we bought a bag at Natural Health in Clementon, New Jersey. A complete list of locations can be found on the company's website. Naked Nuggets also are sold online through the Gluten Free Mall.

Of course you can grill your own chicken and cut it up, but it is more convenient to make these - and certainly more fun to eat grilled chicken nuggets as finger food. The nuggets are fully cooked. While the package provides microwave directions, I don't recommend nuking the nuggets as they tend to get rubbery. Instead, I suggest preparing them in a skillet lined with fat-free cooking spray or oil or heating in the oven for a few minutes.
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