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In the hectic pace of our daily lives, it can seem a daunting task to make dinner at home. Sometimes we find ourselves running from work to the school pick-up line to sports practice to a faith-based event and, suddenly, we find ourselves in the drive-thru line instead of eating at home. While that is understandably sometimes our only option, here is a healthy–and quick!–alternative to consider.

In the time it takes to drive to the fast food restaurant, wait in line, drive back home, then unpack and begin to eat, you could have a homemade meal for a fraction of the cost!

Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Fries


  • 4 sweet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 2 3/4 cups cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into nugget-sized pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 475F
  • Cut potatoes into long strips and toss with oil in a bowl
  • Place fries on greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
  • While fries bake, whisk the egg and milk together in a small bowl with a fork, then pour into a sandwich bag
  • Place cornflakes and Italian seasoning into another sandwich bag and crush (kids love to help with this part!)
  • Remove the fries from the oven and turn them over on the pan. Return them to the oven and bake 15 more minutes
  • While fries cool, reduce the oven to 400F
  • Dip chicken into the bag with egg, then drop them into the bag with cornflakes
  • Put the coated chicken on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (or until chicken reaches 165F)
  • Serve and enjoy!

* Note: In order to make this recipe even quicker, you can chop the boneless chicken ahead of time. Just make sure to store it in the refrigerator below any produce or other ready-to-eat items, in order to prevent contamination.

Chicken nuggets and fries

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