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The Chicken Nugget Fascination: How About Quinoa Nuggets?

02 April 2012

I find it fascinating that nearly all picky eaters seem to love chicken nuggets.

What is it about the nugget? Is it the size? Is the the "dip" factor? What did picky eaters eat before chicken nuggets were invented?

I've been having fun exploring quinoa recipes lately and decided to try making a quinoa nugget. Would it have the same appeal (so far.... no.) I'm still working on getting the flavor just right, but thought that adding "dips," might make it more fun.

I served them with ketchup, mustard, salsa, and mayonnaise mixed with Frank's Hot Sauce (the best dip in my opinion.)

My kids said that they were ok, my husband said they were definitely better with the hot sauce dip... I'll keep working on the recipe and post it when it gets better reviews :)

Have you cooked with Quinoa? What spices work well? Are your kids nugget fanatics?


  1. These look awesome! The looks so fresh and yummy!

  2. We recently went gluten free, so we have been using quinoa a fair bit. This is an idea I haven't seen. I think the dips would go over well at my house, not sure about the "nuggets"!

  3. What a brilliant idea! My fussy eater LOVES chicken nuggets (just as you mentioned!)so maybe I could make Quinoa Nuggets for him instead?! will be giving it a try - thanks!

    1. If you come up with a good recipe for it, let me know. So far, I'm using quinoa egg, mozzarella cheese, and a seasoning called Fox Point (Penzeys spices.) I think that a stronger tasting cheese would enhance the flavor (I just happened to have mozzarella on hand...)

  4. These look so yummy! I can't wait for the recipe! I am always trying to find healthy food ideas for my family. I'm a vegetarian (and my husband is not!) but we did compromise and allow my son chicken and turkey. So glad that you stopped by famiglia&seoul to share your blog! :)


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