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Panko-Breaded Chicken "Nuggets"
with butternut squash and sweet potato soup

Active: 25 minTotal: 35 min

Panko makes these chicken nuggets light and crunchy at the same time. You'll want to dunk them into your sweet and creamy butternut squash and sweet potato soup

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup:
  • Butternut squash - 1, cubed (video)
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, peeled & cubed
  • Onions - 1, chopped
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock - 1 quart
Panko-Breaded Chicken "Nuggets":
  • Skin/bone-less chicken breasts - 1 lb, sliced
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1 cup ((why panko?))
  • Basil, oregano, or Italian seasonings - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Kosher salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Egg - 1

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Butternut squash – Peel, remove seeds, and cube (Trick: pop in microwave for ~3 minutes to soften skin first)
  2. Sweet potatoes / Onions – Prep as directed
  3. Chicken – Slice into “nuggets.” Season with salt & pepper. Tenderize with a fork (see video)

Make

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (191C) degrees
  2. Heat a >5 quart (4.73 liters) Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions with a dash of salt to heated oil. Saute for 3 minutes and then add in butternut squash and sweet potatoes with a bit more salt. Pour in enough stock / broth to cover all ingredients (if you don’t have enough stock, use water). Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes and then remove from heat
  3. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat with cooking spray (or just brush on some oil)
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together panko with spices and seasonings. Whisk egg and pour over chicken. Toss individual pieces in panko and place on sheet pan. Spray with some more cooking spray and bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes
  5. Puree soup with an immersion blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  6. Serve “nuggets” with condiments of choice (like BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard – I’m sure you’ll find something in that fridge of yours!)

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (172)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (6)

76 reviews

Didn't make soup. Quick and easy.

By: maria
Posted: Apr 27, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

dont overcook the chicken next time. Use cream instead of or in addition to stock to make it yummier.

By: Synnora
Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Incredible turnout from this recipe! I felt like there was a bit too much onion in the soup, but I'm not a fan of onions anyway so I'm a bit biased. Even though I don't like onions, the soup turned out really well! The panko was great! Although it wasn't exactly the best as leftovers (as the panko got a bit mushy) but upon making it, it was as really good (also depends on the condiment). I would also like to point out that the recipe took a long longer to make than I expected! That was probably because I didn't prep anything and I'm not experienced in the kitchen at all.

By: Krishna
Posted: Apr 20, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Better than I thought it would be. Not crispy, but I didn't expect it to be. I did not make the soup because I used leftover fried cauliflower rice as a side. Added garlic and onion powder to the "breading" mixture.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 15, 2014
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

The soup was a little too sweet for our tastes (from the sweet potato) but the flavour was otherwise great. Loved the chicken!

By: Danielle
Posted: Apr 12, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved both. I ended up leaving the nuggz in the oven a bit longer to crisp them up a bit more.

By: Gabe
Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Diet: Original
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