Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets -$5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 1, 2009

2 Tbsp spicy or Dijon mustard ($.20)
3 Tbsp milk ($.03)
1 cup flour ($.14) Use rice flour for gluten free
1 tsp paprika ($.05)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 1.2 lb package chicken tenderloins, cut into pieces ($2.03) Bought and froze these when on sale for $1.77/lb!
8 oz. shells pasta noodles ($.49) Use rice pasta for gluten free meal
1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce ($.55)
4 Corn Cobs ($.68 ) This is the last of the $.17/ear corn! I hope it goes back on sale soon!
2 Tbsp butter ($.20)

1. In small bowl, whisk mustard and milk.  In another separate small bowl, combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper.

2. Dip chicken tenderloin pieces in mustard/milk mixture, then toss in flour mixture, until completely coated with batter.

3. Place dipped chicken tenders on greased foil covered baking sheet.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through.  Dust off excess flour with pastry brush after cooking.
4. In medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and return to saucepan.  Add spaghetti sauce and toss until pasta is coated in sauce.
5. Remove husks and threads from corn and boil in large saucepan for 4-5 minutes. Serve warm with butter.
6. Serve Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets with Pasta Marinara and Corn Cobs.

Cost $4.37

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Melissa June 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Hi. Here is my recipe for Crockpot Breakfast. It costs less than $4 for 4 people. http://momsplans.blogspot.com/2009/05/feed-family-of-4-for-4-crockpot.html


Lisa June 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Hi! Here’s a recipe for easy crockpot chicken tacos and easy Mexican rice. Great for hot and busy summer days. http://revivingthefwords.blogspot.com/2009/01/food-fast-easy-mexican-night.html


ElizabethG June 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Hi, here’s my recipe for Korean rice bowls:

Korean rice bowls

thanks for hosting.


Liz@Hoosier Homemade June 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Those nuggets look great! My boys love nuggets and frying them is such a mess, not to mention, not good for you. I will definately be adding these.
BTW-I made your Breakfast Tacos, but didn’t link them here, because with the fresh fruit and smoothies, it was a little over $5. I gave you a shout out for the recipe though http://hoosierhomemade.com/?p=1585.
Thanks for always having such great recipes!


Tosha June 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm

here’s mine! Pizza Pot Pie $1.93 for 6 servings



Shelly June 2, 2009 at 5:47 am

Here is my recipe for easy chicken quesadillas:


gourmetmomma June 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

not trusting mr linky… here’s my crockpot brisket pasta (with ideas for leftovers)

erin, those nuggets are getting me motivated. my kids love them, and i’m always intimidated to make them. i HATE frying. baked in the oven might just be the right strategy… thanks.


Josh, Great Chefs June 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I have a general preference to baking over frying any day of the week. Handy recipe to have. Thanks!


Sherri June 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Would bread crumbs or corn meal be just as economical instead of flour? It’s just you get such a pasty look to the chicken without frying by using flour to coat.


Erin June 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Yes…I was all out of bread crumbs! Would be a perfect alternative! I like the flavor that the dijon mustard gave the chicken :)


Susan June 11, 2009 at 8:23 am

My husband made a batch of these for the freezer. He LOVES them! I don’t like chicken but he & my 2 year old eat it occasionally, so he put a batch of these in the freezer so I can pop a few in the toaster oven for my daughter! So convenient and way less expensive than buying the little frozen boxes of nuggets for kids.


Linda Cathey August 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm

love our ideas please include me 62r grandma of a 5th gr grandson who lives w/ us his dad also we are busy people need healthy meals all love to eat


Kenzie August 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Wow! You do such a great job with your $5 recipes.. I’ve never made chicken nuggets from scratch, but with this recipe they are really easy! I think I will make this with french fries next time because that was requested by my husband..Thanks for the ideas, kudos.
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