What We’re Eating: Chicken Nuggets with “Hidden” Green Beans


I decided to try some new Specific Carbohydrate Diet recipes and this one turned out to be easy and tasty, so I thought I’d share it on my blog.

I wish I had a better digital camera so I could get a better photo of these chicken nuggets, because the photo doesn’t do them justice!

Here’s how to make them:

   – Boil a pound or two of chicken breasts or chicken tenders.

   – Cook 1/2 to 1 cup of green beans.

   – Once both are done, throw them into a food processor or blender, and grind/mix them. The consistency will be similar to tuna fish salad.

   – Add herbs, salt, spices – if desired. I added some Basil, Herbes de Provence and salt. I didn’t measure the quantities of each so use amounts that you think would be best for you.

   – Mix again to make sure the spices, herbs and/or salt are blended into the meat/green bean mixture.

   – Cover the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil.

   – Make small “nugget-sized” balls and flatten them into patties.

   – Fry them in the olive oil until brown on both sides.

I gave my daughter three dipping sauces to try with the nuggets: honey, cooked mango sauce and applesauce. She preferred the honey and applesauce. I preferred the mango sauce (as pictured above).

I especially like these nuggets because they’re easy for school lunches and they include the protein and vegetable in one item! And if you use fruit sauce, you get the serving of fruit too.

I am going to see how do after being frozen as I would love to be able to make a large batch of them and freeze them for last minute lunches and dinners. I’ll update this post once I see how it goes.

Thank you to Pecanbread.com for the original recipe, which is slightly different from what I did.

4 Responses to “What We’re Eating: Chicken Nuggets with “Hidden” Green Beans”

  1. September 16th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Mandy says:

    Great recipe!! Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll make these for my picky husband. 🙂


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  2. September 16th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Susan says:

    Thanks Mandy! I gave one to a friend whose son is a picky eater and she said he ate it, so maybe your husband will too! I’m going to experiment with spinach and kale too to see how they come out.


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  3. September 16th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Tara Hill says:

    Great idea!

    I wouldn’t try the kale, though…you can’t hide the bitter taste! Broccoli would work great, I think!


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  4. September 17th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Susan says:

    Thanks Tara – I don’t mind the bitter taste, but definitely good to mention for those who don’t like bitter. I hadn’t thought of broccoli – thanks for the suggestion!


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