Coconut Oat Crusted Chicken Nuggets & Two Pomegranate Sauces

Marla Meridith

July 6, 2010



Health food for kids, school lunchbox, dinner, snack

Health food for kids, school lunchbox, dinner, snack

I was recently selected to be in a super fun summer cooking competition. Coach’s Oats and POM Wonderful have gotten together to do a second round of their Recipe Battle. POM Wonderful hosts occasional cooking challenges with other healthy food companies to see who can come up with the most delish recipe. Each company chooses their signature ingredients and one blogger each to represent them.

I have been chosen to represent Coach’s Oats. As soon as they asked I flexed my foodie muscles and agreed to the challenge.  I’ve been a fan of both companies for a long time, so it was a no brainer to get creative using their products. The blogger representing POM is Deep South Dish

Healthy food ingredients compete in contestThe idea behind the contest is to use the ingredients together in a creative way. This time around we were asked to create a savory recipe. While in the car (my creative thinking place) I came up with these Chicken Nuggets. I couldn’t wait to get cooking. My last two recipes using Coach’s Oats have been on the sweeter side, Cocoa Coconut Oat Parfaits and High Energy Skillet Oatmeal. It was fun to go savory for a change.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets with Salad and Sauce

My goal was to create the perfect baked chicken nugget. This is some good family cooking and it’s kid tested and approved. They are quick and easy to prepare and oh so healthy.  Your kids will love them and they are great for your lunch box and entertaining.  Serve as an appetizer or over a salad for a full meal.  Bring ’em to potlucks, beach parties and BBQ’s.

Spoon with fruit sauce and crispy chicken nuggets

These MarlaMeridith.com nuggets are made from whole food ingredients and they are baked and not fried. They have much more flavor and a significantly better nutritional profile than take-out or overly processed boxed chicken nuggets.  From the whole grains of Coach’s Oats to the antioxidant filled POM dipping sauce, this is truly a match made in heaven.

healthy chicken nuggets with pomegranate vinaigrette sauce

The most cost efficient, healthiest, tastiest ways to have your meals when you are out of the house is to pack ’em yourself.  In the photo below  is my favorite lunchbox and I am so excited to share it with you! Take a look  at this lunch I packed with my Chicken Nuggets:

Healthy baked Chicken Nuggets with fruit

You guys all know who my all time favorite Nugget is:

Little boy with frisbee, dad & daughter

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  • Maria
    Posted at 15:25h, 06 July

    Great recipes! I want a lunchbox too:) I will have to make these with my niece!

  • Coach’s Oats Recipe: Coconut Oat Crusted Chicken Nuggets with POM Dipping Sauce | POM Community | The Official POM Wonderful Website, makers of 100% Pomegranate Juice the Antioxidant Superpower
    Posted at 16:59h, 06 July

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  • Cooking with Coley
    Posted at 17:52h, 06 July

    I just voted – you totally deserve the award for creating a gourmet lunch! The other kids at school must be so jealous!

    Also, wanted to let you know that I embedded one of your YouTube videos to be site. I’m trying to rotate the video content, and I just love your content so I wanted to include it. I hope this is alright?

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:02h, 06 July

      You are so sweet, I think it’s great that you are sharing my Sweet Talk Stevia video onto your blog. Thank you 🙂

  • Mags
    Posted at 19:12h, 06 July

    I love Coach’s Oats and have been using them in nearly every recipe that calls for oats. Check out my Coach’s Oats bread! http://othersideof50.blogspot.com/2010/07/coachs-oats-bread.html

    Your nuggets look both delicious and healthy. I voted for you and I also Stumbled you!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 23:10h, 06 July

    This looks so great Marla!! I love that these nuggets are coated with oatmeal, bet they are terrific!!

  • HoneyB
    Posted at 02:31h, 07 July

    These look delicious and the dipping sauce is a must try! Thanks!

  • Fit Chick in the City
    Posted at 04:05h, 07 July

    I’m totally intrigued by these dipping sauces. They look and sound so good!

  • Barbara @ moderncomfortfood
    Posted at 04:46h, 07 July

    These look excellent and very kid friendly. You’ve got my vote!

  • Kelly Lester
    Posted at 10:17h, 07 July

    Definitely sending hubby to the market with the girls to get all the ingredients for this one. Looks like the perfect ‘Daddy/Daughter we just love to cook for Mommy cuz she likes it like that’ recipe!!! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Blond Duck
    Posted at 10:31h, 07 July

    This looks wonderful! I’ve been craving nuggets forever but didn’t want to make them fried!

  • Cristina - Teenie Cakes
    Posted at 11:54h, 07 July

    I luv that these chicken nuggets are baked and not fried. Great recipe and technique. I bet that dipping sauce is tasty! =)

  • Juliana
    Posted at 13:38h, 07 July

    Wow, the chicken sure sounds and looks good…oat and coconut…yummie and the pomegranate sauce sure looks delicious…what a great match!

  • Sara
    Posted at 15:41h, 07 July

    Great Recipe, Marla. Love the pomegranate sauce for dipping the nuggets. Your kids are Adorable! 🙂

  • Faith
    Posted at 17:00h, 07 July

    I just received some POM also, and I’ve been looking for new uses for it…I will look no further since this looks like a great use for it! And I love the oats that you used to coat the chicken…sounds fabulous!

  • sweetlife
    Posted at 19:38h, 07 July

    great recipe, very kid friendly..love the sauce

  • Rosa
    Posted at 01:29h, 08 July

    Gorgeous nuggets! I love that oatmeal crust and sauce. Scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • The Candid RD
    Posted at 03:33h, 08 July

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Loved your post you shared with me 🙂 I guess many foodies are alike!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 03:43h, 08 July

    I know I told you through email, but these look FABULOUS!!!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 06:28h, 08 July

    You got my vote! Your recipe is a great way to enjoy nuggets in a healthy way.

  • Marla
    Posted at 06:55h, 08 July

    Hey friends, thanks so much for all your votes so far in the POM recipe battle. Remember you can place a vote each day. xxoo

  • sippitysup
    Posted at 09:39h, 08 July

    I voted! You gotta register and sign in to vote. It took me a while to figure that out. But I’ll vote again tomorrow. GREG

  • Reeni
    Posted at 13:50h, 08 July

    These look fantastic! So crunchy and the POM sauce makes them extra special! I love that their healthy. I voted for you and wish you the best!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 15:09h, 08 July

    This sounds like your most winningest recipe yet! Beautiful! Delicious!

  • Naomi
    Posted at 23:24h, 08 July

    OMG! I love love the lunchbox idea!

  • grace
    Posted at 02:23h, 09 July

    glorious dipping sauces aside, the coconut in the chicken coating is just phenomenal! this is a powerful combination of components, and that’s that.

  • Diana
    Posted at 07:15h, 09 July

    Man! Those look marvelous! Good luck with the competition! 🙂

  • Chocolate Shavings
    Posted at 08:46h, 09 July

    That lunch looks just perfect!

  • Mariko
    Posted at 12:55h, 09 July

    That looks really good. Good thing I have Coach’s Oats in my cupboard at all times!

  • Heavenly Housewife
    Posted at 14:02h, 09 July

    Oh, I love the sound of these. I am a chicken nugget fiend, and I love all the ingredients you used here.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    *kisses* HH

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 14:04h, 09 July

    That looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to Recipe4Living! Each day this month, we’re giving away a t-shirt to our favorite new recipe!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 06:01h, 10 July

    These chicken nuggets do look perfectly seasoned and cooked! I love them as a salad topping. My mouth is watering. Really. Watering. At the pomegranate dipping sauces.

    Good luck with the contest! I may be biased, but I see a win in your future!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 06:04h, 10 July

    Beautiful photos Marla! Such creativity!! 🙂

  • Lucille
    Posted at 07:17h, 10 July

    Can you do without the coconut? I’m allergic ]:

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:29h, 10 July

      Lucille, you absolutely can do without the coconut. Are you allergic to almonds, pecans or other nuts? You can use those instead, just grind them up with your oats and apply the same cooking technique. If you cannot use any kind of nut then I bet you would have great results with just oats and seasonings. Check out my Almond Crusted Chicken Strips if you wanna see how the nut thing looks:
      https://192.163.193.237/~marlamer/2009/12/13/skinny-almond-crusted-chicken-strips/

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    Posted at 09:39h, 11 July

    Marla I am so excited to try these! I have all of the ingredients for the nuggets… now I just need to get my hands on some POM for the sauce because I know they’ll go great together. You got my vote, hope you win!!

  • Ann
    Posted at 06:38h, 23 July

    What a fantastic recipe! Love it – oats and coconut- perfect nutritional balance for me on the chicken. My son won’t use dipping sauces so we’d probably just go ahead and take a shot of POM for the antioxidants instead.
    And, to answer your ?, just about ready to pop and finally getting some bursts of energy!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:00h, 23 July

      Great to hear from you Ann! Love the idea of the POM shot. Happy juice!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 15:57h, 14 August

    Hi! I saved your recipe a few weeks ago and finally got to try it tonight, with some changes. For the breading I used a 1/4 teaspoon of all the spices and included the cayenne; I had to do batches in my food processor as it is a small one. I did add a touch more garlic and some onion powder after tasting. As for the sauce I skipped the pomegranate seeds and used a blackcurrant-yumberry juice instead of the POM as that was on sale (and the closest I could get to pomegranate juice). It still came out great, and I liked the way it tasted with the chicken nuggets. The hubby-to-be and my two year old did not care for the sauce, but that’s okay since I loved it! We ate these with those “smiley” taters you can get in the frozen section of the grocery store. Overall, a fun and healthy alternative to take-out. Thank you!

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:36h, 14 August

      Rebecca, glad to hear you had success with the chicken nuggets. I like the idea of the blackcurrant-yumberry juice. Way to go using what you could find easily & for a lower cost.

  • Brittney
    Posted at 07:43h, 06 December

    I can’t wait to try these chicken nuggets! I think I am going to make them tonight!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    Posted at 05:58h, 21 February

    oh, this looks awesome! I love chicken nuggets, but never think to make them!

  • Angie
    Posted at 13:50h, 21 February

    Wow, can you fix my lunch, looks so good! And I love your
    family pix, so cute!

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  • Heather McCoy
    Posted at 13:19h, 22 September

    Awesome recipe Marla!

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  • Melissa Nowack
    Posted at 19:40h, 13 April

    These are my new favorite kid food. WE LOVED THESE. I made extra so that I could put them in my son’s lunch and also for my daughter and I to have them on a salad the next day…cold! They are delish! Thanks for the recipe. Im gonna make them again this week! YUM!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:24h, 14 April

      Melissa, soooo glad you love my healthy chicken fingers. Funny how the usual greasy “kids” food can become so nutritious + jam packed with a lot more flavor. Think I need to make a batch this weekend too! Love ’em over salads as well 🙂

  • Erin
    Posted at 12:53h, 24 August

    They look absolutely delicious and I bet my kids would love them. I usually need to make my kids’ lunch the night before or get up before dawn to prepare anything. I am just wondering if others would warm them up before packing them or serve them cold?

  • Michelle
    Posted at 22:03h, 04 September

    I made these for dinner tonight with sauce number 2, and I also used a pomegranate-blueberry juice instead of POM and it turned out wonderfully! However, I did need to leave my nuggets in for a few extra minutes – more like 30-32 than 20-25 for me. Not sure what the component for that was, but no big deal. Was great and totally cured my chicken nugget cravings! Will be sending leftovers with the boyfriends lunch tomorrow 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 23:04h, 04 September

      Michelle, this is awesome!! I am thrilled this recipe worked out so well for you. Hope the BF enjoys it too!! 🙂

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