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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

Loved the chicken nuggets. Toddler approved. Soup was simple but a good pairing.

By: Sheryl
Posted: Mar 24, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was delicious! The soup was so simple (5 ingredients!) and tasty. I added some paprika while tenderizing the chicken and found them flavorful and incredibly moist. I'm a new believer in panko over regular breadcrumbs now!

By: Cassie
Posted: Mar 21, 2014
Diet: Original
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Sooo good! I forgot to buy an onion, and I had 2 lbs of sweet potatoes, so I doubled the sweet potatoes, and I can't believe how delicious this was. I was standing at my spice rack and got inspired to use herbes de Provence instead of the Italian spices in my chicken, and it was incredibly good.

By: Lisa
Posted: Mar 16, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious! The chicken was super moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I used a food processor to blend the soup... I might make this a day or two in advance next time... I thought the flavor was even better as leftovers because the flavors had a chance to blend more. I thought the chicken nuggets had wonderful flavor and texture (even as leftovers reheated in a toaster oven). I added seasoning salt to the coating to make sure it wasn;t to bland. Next time I will probably cut, tenderize and salt the chicken a day or two in advance.

By: Ben
Posted: Mar 07, 2014
Diet: Original
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This took us a little longer than the 35 minutes, but we didn't prep the butternut squash ahead. I don't see why you couldn't also prep the sweet potato in advance. My boyfriend loved the chicken, and the soup was excellent in my opinion (he is not a big sweet potato fan). Added a dash of cayenne, allspice and cinnamon to my serving of soup at the table and it was delicious.

By: Becca
Posted: Feb 27, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

These chicken nuggets were great, my two year olds especially liked them. This recipe made a LOT of soup, even accounting for the fact that you're saving a little for tomorrow's mac and cheese.

By: Kate
Posted: Feb 24, 2014
Diet: Original
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