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Best brands of frozen chicken nuggets?

Okay, so I know it's not culinary masterpiece material, but I am curious on thoughts of the best tasting frozen chicken nuggets out there. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a full time job and chicken nuggets is definitely one of his favorite things to eat. I know I could cut up real chicken and bread it in panko (which I swear I'll do one of these days) but I still always try to keep a bag in the freezer for quick meals when we get home from day care. I bought the Whole Grain Perdue and it was awful!! I've tried the weaver, perdue, tyson, etc, and finally went to checking labels to ensure that my choices were at least somewhat good for my child. I did some comparison of sodium/ fat content and have now been sticking to the Fast Fixin's brand. Lucky enough, they are actually cheaper than some of the alternatives and taste pretty good. All white meat, etc.

I'm curious on thoughts from other parents out there (or nugget lovers) on brands that might be off my radar which I could try out for him. Thoughts??

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  1. A few folks I know really like Bell and Evans breaded chicken patties, and I've tasted them. Nothing to compare them to (I'm not a nugget consumer), but they were decent. I know they make nuggets, too, or tenders at least, I've seen them in the freezer section.

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    1. re: mcf

      I will second the Bell and Evans. Only problem with them is the price. At $7.99 (Wholefoods) for the box, there's approx. 10 pieces in there. That's nearly $1 a nugget!!!

    2. I'm not sure that they are as quick as many of the nuggets, but when we've had gatherings with a number of kids, I've done the Barber brands chicken fingers. I don't buy them regularly for my kids -- but they are pieces of actual chicken breast (funny -- the actual first ingredient) -- and tasted much better than nuggets I've had elsewhere.

      They have raw chicken in them though -- so you need to cook thoroughly. I have not compared the nutritional info, however, since this is more a party treat around here.

      My kids are older and generally can eat what and when we eat. I remember the picky toddler stage though -- good luck!

      1. Trader Joe's. They don't use as many odd ingredients and are far less expensive than Bell and Evans, which are also good.

        1. I haven't had a lot of experience with the real kind, but if you ever want to go the other way, I love Quorn fake chicken nuggets. They're based on fungi rather than soy, and in the box, the nuggets have three shapes: round, oblong, and Minnesota. :D

          1. Another vote for Bell and Evans.