Hidden Veggie Chicken Nuggets

Here is another great hidden veggie recipe that the kids will love, and so will the adults in the house! These hidden veggie chicken nuggets are affordable and easy to make, and your kids will never know they are eating their veggies. If you have picky eaters in the house, this is the recipe for you.

Why you’ll love this hidden vegetable recipe

  • They are inexpensive and easy to make. Ground chicken is affordable, and you can put whatever veggies you would like in them! I used zucchini, onion and carrot.
  • Your kids will love these and they won’t have any idea they are eating veggies. Great for those picky eaters!
  • They are so delicious, the whole family will love them! My husband and I like to eat these on a salad.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Bowl
  • Sheet Pan
  • Ice Cream Scoop – can also use any spoon.
  • Cheese grater
  • Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Small zucchini 
  • Medium carrot 
  • Yellow onion
  • Ground chicken – You can also use ground turkey
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Seasoned salt
  • Panko bread crumbs

How to make these healthy chicken nuggets

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grate your carrot and zucchini with a cheese grater. I used a box grater. 
  • To a frying pan, add your zucchini and carrot and cook until soft. This should take 5-10 min over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • To a bowl, add your cooked veggies, ground chicken, panko and spices and mix until well combined.
  • Scoop out the mixture level with your ice cream scoop. Shape like a chicken nuggets and lay on your parchment lined pan. Do this until your mixture is all gone. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then flip each nugget, and bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

FAQs about hidden veggie meals

What veggies are easily hidden in food?

The combination of pureed carrots, onions and sweet peppers hides perfectly in spaghetti sauce, soups, stews and chili. An easy-to-adapt vegetable, summer squash can be pureed to veggie-boost macaroni and cheese and contribute fiber to a kid-friendly dish.

How do you hide veggies in food?

Cut or purée veggies.
Add more vegetables to your pasta or pizza sauce.
Mix vegetables with other flavors
Hide veggies in old favorites.
Try something new.

What are the hidden benefits of veggies?

Replacing sugary foods with vegetables can lower blood sugar levels, reduce cravings for carbohydrates, and lower the risk for diabetes and related diseases.

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Hidden Veggie Chicken Nuggets

Get your kids to eat their veggies with these hidden veggie chicken nuggets.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, supper
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Nuggets
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Sheet Pan
  • 1 Ice Cream Scoop
  • 1 Cheese grater
  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 Spatula
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Small zucchini grated
  • 1 Medium carrot grated
  • 1/4 Vidalia onion grated
  • 1 Lb ground chicken
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 Cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375.
    Grate your carrot and zucchini with a cheese grater. I used a box grater.
    To a frying pan, add your zucchini and carrot and cook until soft. This should take 5-10 min over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
    To a bowl, add your cooked veggies, ground chicken, panko and spices and mix until well combined.
    Scoop out the mixture level with your ice cream scoop. Shape like a chicken nuggets and lay on your parchment lined pan. Do this until your mixture is all gone.
    Bake for 10 minutes, then flip each nugget, and bake for another 10 minutes.
    Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!
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