Not Chicken Nuggets

Are these the same thing you'll find at a fast food joint? No way. Are they better for you though? Without a doubt. Plus, they're a ton of fun to make.


  • 1/3 cups maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked 10 minutes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 ears corn
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups ground sesame seeds
  • Coating/breading: 1 cup ground flaxseed, 1 teaspoon chile pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • BBQ sauce: 1 cups sun-dried tomatoes, soaked one hour, 1 tablespoon nama shoyu, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 onion, 2 medium sized tomatoes, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 cayenne


  1. Add the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar to the blender and pulse.
  2. Next add in the garlic, chili powder, miso, cayenne, cumin, salt, and chia seeds. Blend again.
  3. Add onion, tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, and corn. If you start having problems blending, just use a spatula to move the mixture down and make sure everything is getting blended.
  4. Pour this mixture into a bowl and clean out your blender.
  5. Grind sunflower and sesame seeds in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder.
  6. Add your ground seeds and nutritional yeast in with the mixture already in your bowl, and mix everything together with a spatula.
  7. In a small bowl, assemble your breading mixture by just tossing together your ground flax, chili pepper, and salt.
  8. To make our patties, use a large soup spoon to scoop it up, and form into a patty shape, coat each patty with your breading mixture, then lay it on your dehydrator sheet, or on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Dehydrate overnight, or bake in an oven for about an hour at 200 degrees F, flip them, and then bake for one more hour.
  10. Finally, let's make our BBQ sauce. First add all the liquids - nama shoyu, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, into the blender, as well as your spices - paprika, cayenne, and salt. Blend.
  11. Now add in your tomatoes, onion, and sun-dried tomatoes. Blend again.