Homemade Organic Baked Chicken Nuggets with Herbs and Parmigiano

The seasoning blend is from Rachael Ray and it’s delicious; I adapted her recipe to make it organic and baked instead of pan-fried.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the breading:

  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup freshly-grated organic Parmegiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried thyme; OR 6 sprigs or stems fresh organic thyme leaves, stripped and chopped, 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary; OR 6 sprigs fresh organic rosemary leaves, finely chopped, 3 tablespoons
  • 2 Tbsp. organic dried parsley flakes; OR 2 handfuls chopped organic flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic granulated garlic; OR 4 organic garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon organic crushed red pepper flakes

For the nuggets:

  • 3 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 Tbsp. Real Salt
  • 6 organic pastured chicken breasts, skinned and boned
  • breading mix (see above)
  • 1 cup [1 stick] organic pasture butter
  • 1/2 cup organic schmaltz (or additional organic pasture butter)
  • Real Salt, to season chicken
  • freshly ground organic peppercorn blend, to season chicken
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1″ squares and place into a medium stainless-steel bowl with the water and 2 Tbsp. Real Salt; Allow to soak in the brine for 30 minutes to an hour, then pat dry before setting aside.
  3. Warm the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; keep it on low to stay liquefied.
  4. Season chicken tenders with pepper; Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  5. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  6. Keep the melted butter in the saucepan and use it as your second dish.
  7. In a third dish, combine the breading ingredients.
  8. Coat chicken in flour, then in the melted butter, then in the breading mixture.
  9. Place the nuggets onto a cookie sheet;  Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  10. Bake the nuggets for 5-6 minutes; Flip the nuggets and bake for 5-6 more minutes, or until golden brown on each side.
  11. Wrap 20-25 nuggets in unbleached parchment paper, then once again in aluminum foil.  Write the date you made them on the foil in permanent marker and freeze for up to 3 months.
  12. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Chicken Parmigiana

This recipe was adapted by myself from one by Rachel Ray.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 quart Homemade Organic Marinara Sauce
  • 4 boneless, skinless organic pastured chicken breasts (6-8 ounces each), rib meat removed
  • Real Salt
  • Organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  • 1-1/2 cup Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs; *OR use Homemade Organic Seasoned Breadcrumbs and omit the fresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated organic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus some for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon organic fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, *OR 1 tsp. dried organic parsley flakes
  • 1 sprig organic fresh organic rosemary, finely chopped; *OR  1 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh organic thyme, finely chopped; *OR, 1 tsp. organic dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon organic granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon organic granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated organic lemon zest
  • 1/2 – 1 cup organic unbleached white flour, for dredging
  • 1-2 large organic pasture eggs, beaten  (use one at a time)
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil or home rendered schmaltz for shallow frying
  • A few leaves of fresh organic basil
  • 1 lb. organic linguine noodles

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Cut into the fat, rounded side of each chicken breast to butterfly them open; Cut each breast in half crosswise.
  2. Gently pound them into very thin cutlets and season with salt and pepper on each side.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano, herbs, granulated onion and garlic, and lemon zest.
  4. Line up three dishes to dredge the cutlets; one with flour, one with the egg and one with the herbed breadcrumbs.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 200°F and place a metal rack on a baking sheet to keep the cutlets warm while preparing them in batches.
  6. Heat a shallow layer of oil or schmaltz(1/8-1/4-inch) in a very large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  7. Heat the marinara sauce over medium heat in a small pot.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt for the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente.
  9. While the water is coming to a boil and the pasta cooks, coat the chicken cutlets in flour and shake off the excess; drop them in the egg and drain the excess and then coat them evenly in the breadcrumb mixture.
  10. Saute the cutlets one or two at a time for 3 minutes on each side.
  11. Keep the finished cutlets warm in oven as you finish the rest.
  12. To serve, place a large cutlet on a plate and top with a ladle of sauce, some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and garnish with a basil leaf.
  13. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Browned Potatoes the Scandinavian Way

I found this recipe in Classic Scandinavian Cooking by Nika Hazelton and have adapted it to make it organic and have more flavor than traditional Scandinavian cookery.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 lbs. hot boiled organic new potatoes (very small potatoes are best)
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1/3 cup fine Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cane sugar

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Peel potatoes (if desired) and if necessary shape into small balls.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy skillet and brown bread crumbs, salt, and sugar in it.
  3. Add potatoes and shake continuously until potatoes are covered with bread crumbs and golden brown.
  4. Remove from pan and serve piping hot.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Beef and Pork Meatloaf

I have adapted this recipe from Alton Brown.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend
  • 1 tsp. organic granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Organic Chili Powder`
  • 1 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 organic yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 organic carrot, peeled and broken
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 organic red bell pepper
  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed ground chuck
  • 1 lb. organic pasture ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 organic pasture egg

For the Glaze:

Mix all glaze ingredients into a bowl until thoroughly blended.

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a food processor bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Real Salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme; Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture and place this mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed.
  4. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground beef, and ground pork with the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Season the meat mixture with salt.
  6. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.
  7. Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf.
  8. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Spread the glaze all over the top of the meatloaf.
  11. Bake for 1-1/2 hours.
  12. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes.
  13. Slice and enjoy!

Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all ingredients into a pint-sized Mason jar.
  2. Screw on the lid securely.
  3. Shake the ingredients until well blended.
  4. Store in the jar, or in a glass spice jar with tight-fitting lid.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Supreme Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 package of organic egg noodles, cooked
  • 2 cups of fresh organic broccoli (frozen can be substituted)
  • 1 cup shredded Homemade Organic Chicken Roast
  • 3 cups Homemade Organic Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 3 Tbsp. grated organic Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 cloves of organic garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped organic onion
  • 4 ounces of organic cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Tallow/Schmaltz or organic pasture butter
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit
  2. Boil 2 quarts of water with a pinch of salt.
  3. Heat cooking fats/oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute or until the onions are translucent.
  6. Add broccoli and saute for 5-6 minutes until it begins to get tender.
  7. Add noodles to boiling water and cook until al dente.
  8. Add cream of chicken soup and chicken to the frying pan.
  9. Add Cheddar and 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheeses to the frying pan and saute for 8 minutes until the cheese melts.
  10. Add the cooked noodles, salt and pepper (to taste) and mix well.
  11. Place the mixture into a casserole dish.
  12. Cover with the remaining Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
  13. Place in the oven and bake until bubbles form on the sides of the casserole dish and the crumbs are golden brown, approximately 25 minutes.