I have a confession to make.
I have gotten into a bad habit.
Well, honestly it could be a worse habit, but it was still a habit I needed to break. I’ve been eating pre-cooked, breaded chicken patties for lunch.
Being pregnant, it’s been more of a struggle eating right. I still have some aversions and am either constantly hungry or don’t want anything at all. Sometimes I catch myself eating small meals or snacks with little substance throughout the day then look back and think, “what did I even eat all day?”
Instead, I started buying pre-cooked chicken patties for convenience, but also because it’s a really satisfying meal. I have a chicken sandwich with some yogurt or salad and my stomach feels much better. I’m full and I’ve had a real, substantial meal instead of empty-calorie snacking all day.
Still, I knew I needed to get out of this habit.
I wanted to know what was going into my meals and figured, why not make my own chicken patties to freeze so that I don’t lose out on any of the convenience but I can still rest assured knowing I’m eating a healthier, less processed meal.
If you need a quick lunch on hand too or your kids love those processed chicken fingers that are so tempting because of convenience, this one is for you!
- 2 lbs. ground chicken
- 1 tbs onion powder
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 1/2 tbs salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup about gluten free flour, almond flour or flour of choice
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1.5 cups whole grain oats, crushed
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Combine ground chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/2 tbs salt and 1 tsp pepper.
- Form into 8 patties. Wet hands to reduce stickiness and form into flatter patties. Optional: Put into fridge to help harden a bit and make the next steps easier.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Put flour of your choice into one dish, mix eggs and milk in second dish and all ingredients for breading in third dish. Crush oats by hand or in food processor. I crushed by hand.
- Coat patties in flour, followed by egg wash and, finally, the oat breading and place on baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for approximately 10 more minutes.
- Once cooled, freeze any you want to save in plastic wrap or zip-lock bags.
- You can certainly grind up the oats more if you prefer. I did it by hand and ended up with half, tiny crumbs, half semi-broken oats when I said, “alright, I’m done.” My son didn’t mind the look of it and it tasted great, so I wasn’t about to dirty the food processor, but if your family is pickier, you might want to.
- These freeze well too! Just put them in zip lock baggies and put into the freezer for reheating. To heat up, put them into the microwave for a few minutes, flipping once in the middle and voila! A quick lunch for the fam.
What are your convenient, quick, go-to lunches?