Chicken patties are a cinch to make at home.

How to Make Chicken Patties for Kids

by Zora Hughes

Stop wasting money on those so-called fast food chicken sandwiches, no matter how much your tot screams as you drive by those golden arches. Those sandwiches are often full of filler and unnecessary additives and chemicals. You may not have a colorful bag or the plastic toy that the fast food restaurants have, but you can make chicken patties at home that are way healthier and tastier for your kid in no time.

Basic Chicken Patty

Ground up the skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a food processor. You may be able to find pre-ground chicken at your grocery store, but make sure it contains all white meat. Your other option is to pick up the chicken breasts from the display and ask the meat counter to grind it up for you.

Combine the ground chicken breasts with a handful of seasoned bread crumbs and chopped onions. Season to taste.

Form the mixture into bun-sized patties and cover each patty in seasoned bread crumbs.

Fry the chicken patties in a pan with a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil, until both sides are browned and the chicken is fully cooked through.

Chicken Patty Extras and Alternatives

Form the patties into child-friendly shapes using cookie cutters. You can find cookie cutters in a variety of shapes, from stars and Teddy bears to crescent moons and dinosaurs.

Use whole grain panko bread crumbs for a healthier option, which do not soak up oil like traditional bread crumbs. Sneak nutrition into your little veggie hater by adding finely chopped or pureed vegetables such as carrots, peas, sweet potatoes and kale to the chicken mixture.You can even add applesauce to the chicken patties for moisture and added flavor.

Make allergy-free chicken patties. If your kid has a gluten-allergy, skip the bread crumbs altogether, or use a gluten-free flour, like potato starch. For dairy allergies, you can replace regular milk with any alternative such as soy or almond milk.

Items you will need

  • Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Food processor
  • Seasoned bread crumbs
  • Onions, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Frying pan

Tip

  • If you are a vegetarian family, you can make veggie patties using beans, chickpeas, and rolled oats as a base instead of ground chicken.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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