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 Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties

Homemade Organic Chicken Helper BOLD Chipotle Chicken Enchilada

I have adapted this to use ground chicken instead of cubed raw chicken.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the Rice:  Place the rice, 1 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, 1 tsp. Real Salt,1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock and 1-1/2 cups of beef stock into a 1 quart saucepan with lid; Cover, bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Chicken Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen chicken mix, onions, bell pepper and diced tomatoes.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the chicken in a saucepan until halfway done.
  4. Add the onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground chicken for 6 to 7 minutes until the chicken is light tan and the onions are clear.
  5. Add the remaining chicken stock and vegetable stock, along with the tomato paste and milk; Stir well.
  6. Stir in the Homemade Organic Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, remaining salt, parsley flakes, paprika, chipotle pepper, chili pepper powder, and crushed rosemary.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the brown rice is fully cooked.
  8. Mix in the cooked rice, cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until well combined.
  9. Top with more sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and green onions, if desired.
  10. 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!