I’ve talked before about my desire to throwback to the way things were done 100 years ago, particularly with food. I do this extra work (when I have the time and enregy) for the health and mood of myself and my family. There is a Pinterest recipe that I have been looking at for a while for Chic-fil-a nuggets knock-off that intrigued, but also intimidated, me. But tonight I had energy and my four year old had a sink full of bubbly water and some floaty toys to occupy her so I decided to give it a whirl. The original recipe came from AddAPinch.com but I altered it quite a bit.
- Even my four year old who eats about four foods ate them.
- My 8 year old went on and on about how she is not sure which she likes more, this meal or CiCi’s Macaroni and Cheese Pizza (which BELIEVE ME is a HUGE compliment).
- They truly were EASY to make. They were so easy that I also decided to make my favorite tried and true recipes (homemade old fashioned noodles, directions below). And, I finished ALL of this within 45 minutes. I even had time to throw together an organic spinach salad and steamed broccoli. I am feeling like superwoman today. I’ll let it carry me through as we might just be eating PB&J tomorrow.
- It tasted a lot like Chic-fil-a except I usually eat the fried nuggets there and I altered the spices a bit. But overall pretty similar and yummy.
How I made them:
Mix together flour, spices and salt. I try to avoid refined flours and spelt is my favorite alternative flour because it is light. And I added flax seed for good measure. I read a long time ago that it is good for me and since have forgotten why. Google it. You have a computer, right?
To make a dairy free wash, I mixed together Almond Milk and a bit of Agave Nectar. Honey or Sugar in the Raw might do as well.
Then, I made a bit of an assembly line of chicken. First, the milk mixture, then the flour mixture, then into the baking dish. I eventually got sick of doing them one at a time, so I dumped them all in there and it worked fine.
Then, I drizzled them with some dairy free butter stuff. And put them in the oven, turning half way through.
Then, I got busy making my favorite homemade noodles. I love this recipe because it is so easy and so yummy. I have doubled the original recipe and, even then, there are not leftovers. Which is really disappointing.
First, you put the flour in the bowl. Usually I add some flax seed, but today I forgot. (Give me a break, alright?) Then, you add 2 eggs. I used an extra because mine came from a local farmer and were small ( local eggs = bonus points)
Then, you use half the egg shell to add “some” milk. My mom would have said “Until it is the right texture.” I always wondered “How do I know it’s the right texture?” I guess you figure it out over time. But because I don’t want you to ruin this recipe and never try it again, I’ll tell you. When you stir it, it should form a ball.
Then, you generously flour your counter (don’t be stingy – it’ll make your job a LOT harder). I’m lazy so I usually use the back of a cookie sheet or a cutting board. I think it’s easier to wash off later. Lay the dough ball on it and roll it around a couple of times to get it floured. Then roll it out. (We just moved and the rolling pin is MIA. I used my hands and I survived. And they were kinda tastier. Not my hands, silly, the noodles were tasty). Then, cut it into strips with a pizza cutter. Or squares. Whatever floats your boat. Next, insert into boiling water and cook for 25 minutes. I usually taste test at 15 (because I can’t wait) and they’re FINE!
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1/8 cup all purpose flour
- 1/8 cup spelt flour
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset preferred)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
- 1/2 Tablespoon buter
- Heat oven to 425 degrees
- Spray baking dish
- Mix flour, spices and salt
- Mix milk and Agave Nectar
- Cut chicken into 1 to 2 inch pieces
- Dip chicken pieces in milk mixture, then flour mixture, then put in baking pan
- Bake for 25 minutes, turning half way through
Old Fashioned Noodles:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 2 eggs
- About 4 half egg shells of milk
- Put a large pan of water on to boil.
- Put Flour in a bowl.
- Add the eggs.
- Add milk slowly using one half of an egg shell for measuring. Start with two and add more until the dough can be mixed to form a dough ball.
- Generously flour a kitchen counter.
- Roll the dough out on your counter until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut the dough using a pizza cutter.
- Drop the noodles by hand into the boiling water. Stir about half way through the batch so they do not stick.
- Boil for 15-20 minutes. Taste test to ensure doneness.
- Strain and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do. And have some fun experimenting with them!