If you’ve got little children, you’ve probably had to deal with the chicken nugget conundrum. It’s one of the four toddler food groups, along with mac and cheese from a box, yogurt from a tube and hot dogs on a stick. Give them a nicely marinated chicken breast in a panko crust, and they stare at you like you’re crazy. But give them a soggy breaded bird from a questionable source, and they will eat til they’re sick!
My husband and I have struggled with a lot of guilt over what foods to feed our kids. Picky doesn’t even begin to cover them. I’m usually the one that gives in and lets them eat the foods they like just so they’ll eat something. Hubby is the one who is constantly checking food labels and doing research on which cuts of meat are healthier than others. We kind of balance each other, but we could always be better.
Our boys are seriously addicted to chicken nuggets. Dexter, our oldest, will ask at least a few times a week to go to “the chicken nugget store.” He actually means KFC. Every restaurant is a “store” in his mind. We live right down the road from the world’s first KFC, which is actually kind of awesome.
I know it sounds odd, but KFC has played a big part in a lot of my happy childhood memories. When I was a kid, my dad used to take us on hikes in the Allegheny mountains, picking up a bucket of the Colonel’s finest along the way, and we’d picnic on top of big rocks somewhere in the wilds of Pennsylvania. We’d dig into our feast and debate which was better – original or extra crispy. As I got older, it became tradition for dad to take me out to KFC on my birthday, and we’d catch up on life. When I was 27, I actually made it home for my birthday for the first time in many years, and he showed up at my apartment with a surprise meal for two.
So for me, it’s a happy place to take my own kids. Whether we’re on our way to hike in the mountains of Utah or just out and about and in need of sustenance, we love stopping in and grabbing a bite of perfectly fried chicken.
The great news for us is that it meets both my husband’s and my criteria for a kid-friendly meal. It tastes great, and we know exactly what’s in it. KFC Popcorn Nuggets are 100% white meat (never pressed or formed), extra crispy and made from the world’s best chicken – the way nuggets should be.
Honestly, when you see them and try them, you can’t help but ask yourself what those OTHER things are we’ve been letting the kids eat? These are all that chicken nuggets should be. They are the quintessential KFC perfection but made more palatable for kids. They are perfect for busy moms who need a quick meal on the go and don’t want to worry about whether the kids will like it or not. They are great on their own or as part of a meal. We bought the $5 Fill Ups™ which come with the popcorn nuggets, a side, a biscuit, a cookie, and a drink! The kids just gobbled them up!
I also may have taught them how to throw one up in the air and catch it in their mouths, which led to five minutes of having to UN-teach them, as they are not entirely coordinated enough to do it, and we wound up with Popcorn Nuggets EVERYWHERE. Whoops.
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