If there is one food you want to be eating daily for weight loss and overall wellness, it has to be oats. To put it simply, oats have a lot going for them. For starters, oats are rich in soluble fibre, which helps your body remove excess cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels, boost energy levels, and improve digestion. Despite the low-carb craze that has unfortunately taken our generation by storm, countless studies (see for example here) continue to reveal that regular consumption of oats helps to prevent obesity and abdominal fat distribution. In other words, oats are your ticket to abs.
While the mention of oats may conjure up memories of the watery porridge that your mom used to force-feed you while you begged for Coco Pops, fortunately there's no longer a reason to eat bland-tasting preparations. Along with a recipe for Crispy Chicken Nuggets, I've listed a few more of my oat-based favourites. For the sake of good health, promise me you will experiment with various other ways to add more of this glorious grain to your diet, ok? Good!
Crispy Chicken Nuggets - Serves 4
What you'll need
- 2 large chicken breasts (about 300g)
- 2 egg whites
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (e.g. dried basil & oregano)
- Salt & pepper
- Cooking spray
- Grind the oats to a flour consistency. Mix together on a plate with the Italian seasoning, salt & pepper. Pour egg whites into a bowl.
- Cut the chicken breasts into nuggets or strips, according to your preference.
- Using a fork, dip a chicken piece first in the bowl of egg whites and then into the oat mixture. Ensure all sides are coated well. Transfer to a clean plate. Repeat with remaining pieces of chicken.
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Coat an oven tray with cooking spray & spread pieces across tray. Bake for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
- Serve with your choice of condiments.
More oat-based recipes to try:
Oat my lord!