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Are you getting ready for The Big Game? Baked until they are crispy, golden brown, and tender and moist on the inside, these easy, make-ahead Goldfish Cracker-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect snacking party food for kids and adults alike!
If there’s one topic that our family knows well, it would definitely be football. My husband played the sport in college, and so did both of his brothers. It’s now in my boys’ blood! The excitement that starts in early August as he’s preparing for his fantasy football drafts (yes, that would be multiple fantasy football leagues), only mounts over the course of the next few months…ultimately reaching its peak in late January and early February. Thanks to college bowl games and professional play-offs, there is plenty of football to be watched in my male-dominated home. I already know that at this time of year, I can kiss my girlie, Real Housewives, reality t.v. out the window. There’s just no time for that on our television!
And even though I might not be the household expert when it comes to football, I am DEFINITELY the resident expert when it comes to preparing delicious snack foods to enjoy while watching the games. Thanks to some inspiration from my kids’ favorite wholegrain cheddar crackers, these chicken nuggets have become the new game time favorite!
Since our boys are still young, it helps to keep them entertained and engaged in a sporting event if there’s fun food for them to munch on. But that “fun food” must also appeal to the grown-ups – after all, I don’t have the luxury of serving multiple menus to a variety of age groups!
By incorporating Whole Grain Cheddar Goldfish crackers into this recipe, I knew that we would have a win-win in the food category. That’s why I picked up one of these big, 30-ounce containers of Goldfish crackers on a recent shopping outing at Walmart. The added bonus? They’re on Rollback right now, so you can get a huge box of the delicious little snacks for just $5.98. You can find them on big Rollback displays in various locations around your store, as well as on the “Crackers” aisle.
When you’re ready to prep the nuggets, you can do so in advance. Keep them in the refrigerator for a few hours, if necessary, and then bake them when your guests arrive. In my book, to earn a spot on my party menu, a recipe MUST be something that I can make ahead of time. I refuse to be fussing with preparations, cleaning my kitchen, or trying to follow a recipe while my friends are over. Instead, I want to have it all organized and taken care of so that I can enjoy the fun, too!
Here’s a little snapshot of how quickly and easily these nuggets come together:
I lined up three bowls with my breading ingredients on my countertop for streamlined dipping and dunking.
Then I chopped up my chicken into bite-sized chunks. Just make sure that they’re all about the same size so that they cook evenly in the oven!
And once the raw meat had worked its way through each of the dipping bowls, I placed the nuggets on a foil-lined baking sheet (for quick and easy clean-up!).
After about 15 minutes in the oven, they are ready to serve!
These little gems will be devoured by all of your football-crazed fans…no matter their age! They are cheesy, crispy, salty, and slightly sweet on the outside, with a tender and juicy inside. Honestly, they are some of the best chicken nuggets that I have EVER tasted! Consider this your warning: you may want to double or triple the batch!
Oh, and don’t skip the dipping sauce. It’s the perfect zesty, sweet addition to this snacking party food!
Goldfish Cracker-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup crushed Cheddar Cheese Goldfish crackers
- 1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 ½ lbs. chicken breast tenders cut into 2-inch pieces
- ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
For the Crumb Coating:
- Pour crushed Goldfish crackers, breadcrumbs, brown sugar, and salt in a shallow dish.
- Drizzle the oil evenly over the crumb mixture and toss until oil is mixed throughout.
- Pour flour into a separate shallow dish.
- Place eggs in a third shallow dish.
- Place chicken in flour and turn to coat. Then coat chicken in eggs, and finally in crumb coating.
- Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and bake until crisp and golden brown, about 15 minutes.
- While the chicken nuggets bake, prepare the dipping sauce. Mix together mustard, ketchup, and honey in a small bowl.
- Dip warm chicken nuggets in honey mustard dipping sauce!
And now that I’ve shared one of our favorite ways to enjoy some game-day grub in front of the Big Game, tell me what’s on your menu! Any quick and easy recipe ideas or snacks that the kids and adults at your parties love? Share some of your fan favorites in the Comments!