Naked Nuggets

>> Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not too long ago I was approached by someone who represents Naked Nuggets, an all white meat grilled chicken nugget. Completely intrigued by the name and the idea, I wanted to find out more about their product. Naked Nuggets is the brainchild of New York Chefs, Eric and Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon (a restaurant that changed my perception on food after tasting a sweet bread for the first time). As a father to three children, Eric realized that the "nuggets" of yore just weren't cutting in terms of nutrition and, um, they're disgusting...what part of a chicken does a nugget come from? Oh right, there is no "nugget" meat, its everything left over on a chicken, breaded, then fried. If you really want to be grossed out - check out this clip from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution where he makes chicken nuggets and the kids STILL EAT IT. Totally gross.

Anyways, after reviewing their website and reading more about their story I was sold. However, there still was the whole matter of how it tastes...I asked my friend Gabrielle to send me some samples so I could make an educated comment on this product. I have to admit - I was excited. These are really the kind of brands that I like to get behind. Honest people trying to make a change to better their children's lives.

A few days later my nuggets arrive. I opened the packet and examined the first nugget. I was impressed to see the real grill marks on the nugget. I mean it looks like it actually hit a grill. On the back, the directions say you can either heat in the microwave or sautee in a pan. I decided to do both.

I microwaved a couple of nuggets for about a minute or so. I pulled them out of the microwave and dove right in. I can still remember taking that first bite and thinking this is really moist, I'm shocked! Seasoned with white pepper, garlic powder, basil, marjoram salt and pepper the nuggets could stand on their own. They don't need to added sugar from ketchup or bbq sauce. I, however, am hot sauce freak and tossed them with that and it was out of this world. The skillet nuggets were great as well. Took a little longer, and didn't really impact the flavor. Whenever I am in a rush I just microwave them.

With only 110 calories and 2 grams of fat for SEVEN nuggets, you can get a meal full of 20 grams of protein. And the best part: this really isn't just for kids. I live alone, I have no children, and I find myself tossing the Naked Nuggets in with stir frys and pasta for a little added protein. It's quick, it's easy and I swear - they really are good!

My friends at Naked Nuggets want to extend an offer to all of you dear Foodies, for a bag of Naked Nuggets. The person who best comments on how you would incorporate into your food routine will win!

I know this sounds like they put me up to writing this, but I swear everything written here is a reflection of my own opinion. I truly admire these chefs for not waiting for someone else to figure out a way for children to eat healthy (and ok, me too).

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Amanda August 25, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

I sometimes eat "fake" chicken nuggets when I am on the run, or get home late and don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. These still have a lot of fat and calories in them so I will definitely replace them with the "naked nuggets." With a side of some edamamae they sound like a perfect quick week night meal for one!

Renee Barone August 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

I was totally in the same boat - this will save you time and calories! Thanks for commenting!

Esther Hendricks August 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

I've had Naked Nuggets and was very impressed with them. I'm not a major health nut, but I do appreciate quality food/products and you can tell that Naked Nuggets are a great, healthy option, especially for gluten-free folks (my husband)!

Thanks for this review.. I hope others give these low cal nuggets a try too!

Unknown August 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

These things sound so good! I am definitely intrigued to say the least!! I think they would be the perfect thing to have in the freezer on nights I don't feel like cooking, but don't want to go out to eat. Please tell us where we can find these little gems!!!!


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