If you’ve ever had to deal with young picky eaters, you understand the marathon effort it takes to try to get kids out of food ruts and convince them to taste new things. Some days we make progress, and other days it’s okay to take a break and make dinosaur chicken nuggets.
I don’t keep chicken nuggets in my freezer all the time, but when I do buy them, I get them from Aldi. The discount grocer sells regular chicken nuggets in the traditional “nugget” shape, and they also sell dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets if you want to have a little fun.
Kirkwood Dino Nuggets cost $6.99 for a 38-ounce box at the time of publication. These are a Regular Buy, which means Aldi sells them all year.
The white meat chicken used in these nuggets was raised with no antibiotics. The nuggets are a product of the U.S.
Ingredients include boneless skinless chicken breast with rib meat, water, enriched wheat flour, yellow corn flour, isolated soy protein, corn starch, salt, dextrose, leavening, canola oil, guar gum, natural flavor, yeast, dough conditioner, iron, and flax meal.
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain soy and wheat.
There are about 14 four-piece servings in a box. One serving will net you 180 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% DV), 20 mg of cholesterol (7% DV), 380 mg of sodium (16% DV), 16 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (2% DV), no added sugars, and 7 grams of protein (12% DV). These also have 2 mg of iron, or 10% of your daily recommendation, and they contain 600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving from canola oil and flax.
The nuggets can be heated in a conventional oven, microwave, convection oven, air fryer, or deep fryer.
To heat in a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place nuggets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Heat in the center of the oven for 10-12 minutes. Turn nuggets halfway through cooking time.
To microwave, place a single layer of nuggets on a microwave-safe plate. Heat on high power for 1 minute per 4 pieces. Turn nuggets over halfway through heating time. Let stand 1 minute before serving.
To heat in a convection oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place nuggets in a single layer on a baking sheet and heat for 5-7 minutes. Turn nuggets over halfway through heating time.
To air fry, heat for 4-5 minutes at 400 degrees. Turn or shake nuggets halfway through heating time.
To deep fry, preheat the oil to 350 degrees and fry for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
I’ve baked these in my oven plenty of times, but now I usually heat them in my air fryer. I usually air fry them longer than the directions state because we like them to be more crispy, so I often set the timer for 8-10 minutes. The dinosaur shapes are fun, and they taste like your usual grocery store chicken nuggets, so they’re always a crowd pleaser whenever I serve them.
Kirkwood Dino Nuggets are great for kids and kids at heart. If you like chicken nuggets, these are worth stocking in your freezer.