Dinner Lunch Recipes

Patriotic Chicken Nuggets

It’s Fourth of July. You’re waaaay over food dye but still want to be patriotic. You decide you want chicken nuggets because there are few things more American and you value your first amendment right to eat like a child whenever you feel like it.

In comes TERRA chips – my fave company because their product is without a doubt the tastiest, crunchiest, better-for-you yet ridiculously flavorful veggie chip in existence, but also because they sent me this bag of Stripes & Blues® because ‘Murica. Time to get down to business.

Stripes & Blues® are made with candy striped beets and blue potato, which happen to be natural dyes on their own. You figure you can’t have chicken nuggets without some sort of breading, so you separate the reds from the blues, grind them up, and feel like a damn baller once you’ve created a colorful Fourth of July snack that is vibrant in color but doesn’t use that fake dye crap with all the chemicals.

God Bless America.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2-4

1 bag TERRA Stripes & Blues®
2 chicken breasts
1/3 cup tapioca flour
2 eggs
salt and pepper, to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grab a wire cooling rack and place over a baking sheet. Grease wire cooling rack.
    2. Open bag of TERRA chips and separate the blue chips from the red chips.

      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber
    3. Add red chips to food processor and pulse until finely ground.
    4. Remove chip crumbs to a small bowl.
    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the blue chips but make sure to completely clean out your food processor in between so you don’t get purple crumbs! If you don’t have a food processor, add chips to separate Ziploc bags and then crush with your first, hammer, rolling pin, spoon, etc.

      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber
    6. Grab two more small bowls. In one, add tapioca flour and salt and pepper. In the other, add eggs and whisk until mixed.

      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber
    7. Cut chicken breast into one-inch cubes.
    8. Dip chunk of chicken first in tapioca flour, then egg, then either red or blue chip crumbs. Place back on cutting board or plate until all pieces are ready to go.
    9. Repeat step 8 with all chunks of chicken, alternating red and blue crumbs.

      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber
    10. Place chicken pieces on wire rack and baking sheet.
    11. Put pan in oven, and cook for 5 minutes.
    12. Flip nuggets over and cook for another 5 minutes.
    13. Flip nuggets again and cook for a last 5 minutes (so 15 total minutes of cook time).
    14. Break open a nug to make sure the chicken is fully cooked. Promptly eat that one as sacrifice.
    15. Plate in a patriotic fashion with some Ranch or whatever other sauce you desire. It’s a free country.
      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber

      Photo by Analiese Trimber
      Photo by Analiese Trimber

1 comment

  1. Could not make a comment on your amazing nuggets. Stripes and Blues can be bought at . . . ? I will ask at Wegmans next week. I tore up Our woods for the 4th. Much fun removing an attack by shrub/small tree growth encourage by rain. LOVE your pictures. Love you cutie.

    mimi Get hold of All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr No food or pictures but poetic description and sibling attachment and . . . You will Love it.

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