Non Fried “Fried” Chicken Pillows with Yellow Squash/Zucchini “Pasta” – a.k.a Screw Nuggets

Cravings are a peculiar. They seem to pop up uninvited all of a sudden in the weirdest of circumstances and from the strangest train of thought. The other day i saw a commercial for a new product from KFC (yes, the smart creators of the double down – fried chicken replaces the bread – um ok why would i want that? if you’ve tried this, you are being judged right now), this got me thinking of what it could be and what other deconstructed omitted ingredient recipe they would conjure up next. Result: The Cheese top Burger (an angel just died). Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is, the cheese is on top of the burger bun. I’m very sad right now… First the skinwich, now the cheesewich.

* a good cry later* I started thinking about all this kind of food that really shouldn’t ever be eaten and eventually the long list brought me to the likes of McDonald’s’ chicken nuggets (yes im going to call out all the fast food chains today), to which we still associated horror stories of chicken with no heads and self procreative animals (huh?). In truth, McDonald nuggets are made of real chicken. They just don’t tell you what chicken parts. We do know though that the grinders are very high-powered, so they probably just use chickens that have been stripped of all their meat, and you are left with the bones and whatever pinkish remnants are clinging for their lives. Added to this beautiful pinkish paste are a bunch of scientific ingredients i can’t even attempt to pronounce and that’s never really a good thing.

Asides from Evil chains, some food blogs also make some recipes that confound me. Recently i stumbled upon and I’m so happy that we have a local food blog with their quality of design esthetic, photography skills (far exceeding mine) and comedic relief. I like the way they present and talk about their food and some of their recipes are really great. SOME. I digress, Desperate College Kid does Magic with some Fita, Curly Tops and Marshmallows , [Food Hack] What would Frankenstein do with a Deep Fryer and some Oreos? , really? Here I am raking my brain finding creative ways to convince more people to try out fresh cooking in their homes and they smile right back conjuring ways to use junk food in cuisine. I guess I needed a ying to my yang. I just didn’t know my yang was so dark. They are ninjas, i’m a samurai.

Here is a fun take on fried chicken nuggets, tastes even better, is more presentable and is something you can bring home to your parents:

Non-Fried Fried Chicken Pillows with Yellow Squash and Zucchini “Pasta”

Mix 1 clove of finally chopped garlic, 2 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of dijon mustard, salt, pepper, 3 tbsp of milk, 1 tsp of paprika and 1 tsp of garlic powder. Place 4 trimmed chicken thighs in the liquid and marinate overnight.

Make your zucchini and yellow squash pasta by using a vegetable peeler and making long flat slices (skin included). you want a handful of yellow squash and a handful of green zucchini at the end (1/2 of each should be ok)

Crush together 2 tbsp of walnuts, salt, pepper, 1/2 garlic clove finely chopped and mashed, 1 handful of finely chopped basil, some evoo and a tbsp of Filippo Berio Baslamic Vinegar. until you form a nice pesto like paste.

Take your chicken out of the marinade, and put in a plastic bag with blended rolled oats (until it becomes a powder) a little whole wheat flower and some mutigrain breadcrumbs (pulsed through a food processor); shake of excess mixture and place in a baking dish covered with a little canola oil. if you don’t mind being slightly less healthy you can just dip the chicken in some normal crushed bread crumbs. Bake at 180 celsius for about 30-40 mins or until cooked and nicely browned and crunchy.


Fry off the veg until slightly soft and add in 1 to 2 tbsp of the sauce.

Top and Eat.



    1. July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      You will pay for this…

      1. MarvelousMum July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

        Seriously?, was that a threat? Your blog castigates restaurants and criticizes recipes not your own…all the time. Really, you guys should start respecting the opinions of others or lose a lot of followers.

        1. Labrynthe September 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

          Calm yo t*ts, woman. -_- its all play

          It it, right? Lol.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:21 am

        i’ll bring the salt

    1. Liezl Belen July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I’ve been looking for something that could replace my pasta since I am a complete italianfoodlover and since I cant eat them (carbs) now now that I am taking up the Cohen Lifestyle change. :) I’ve been reading your blog for modified recipes and tadaaaa:D thank you SO MUCH for posting this one. will try it tomorrow (yes, I am really eager to try it!) Hope the video uploads soon! Keep up the superb job Erwan!:D yummy all the way!

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:21 am

        hi Liezl, thank you so much for reading.

    1. TdB July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Nice blog! Do you use free range chicken? If so, how do you cook it so it is less … rubbery. Thanks!

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:19 am

        i like it rubbery haha!

    1. jon July 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      nice recipe. will try it out soon! a great alternative from chicken nuggets. also, do you know if there’s a store that sells buttermilk in the philippines? i was just wondering. if not, i guess the alternative of milk and lemon juice would be enough :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:15 am

        you can get buttermilk powder in healthy options. if not you can make your own buttermilk, check online, its easy.

        1. jon July 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

          didn’t know healthy options sells buttermilk. i’ll check that out soon :) but yup, checked already on how to make buttermilk online. used it one time as well. i was just curious what buttermilk, the real one, tastes like. if it would be different. thanks though and more power to your blog. definitely a good read on how to live a healthy lifestyle. and love that idea of zucchini and yellow squash as pasta. less carbs but you get the feeling of eating pasta :)

          1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

            thanks Jon!

    1. The Soul Explorer July 31, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Looks yummy, Erwan!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am


    1. foodblogreader July 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

      There’s a way to advocate for healthy eating, without calling out other food blogs. Not everyone is like you, so I think it’s better that you stick to your audience and they can just stick to theirs. There’s no need to feud with other blogs.

      “Walang basagan ng trip”, ika nga.

      Going back, to the main recipe, this recipe looks great by the way, except that I remembered that the “Food Truck” guy did the same thing with nuts and oats and failed–because the chicken was dry and tasteless. How did you solve that? And what’s your alternative to walnuts, for those with allergies?

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

        it was a joke between the both of us :)

    1. Catherine July 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Haters gonna hate Erwan. I salute your healthy recipes! Which I want to try but I can’t due to lack of time and motivation. More recipes from yooou, pls? :)

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

        thanks catherine :) it was all a ruse though!

    1. Dylan July 31, 2012 at 6:06 am

      really got me thinking what those nuggets are made of. yes, they’re good but equally unhealthy. this recipe was tastefully done, really healthy and easy to make. thanks for sharing and indeed not everything good has to be deep fried.

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

        thank you :)

    1. McKee July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Yo dude that was brave! Anyways this is free country anyone can say whatever you want. I’ve been cooking a lot of foods from your blog and I’m enjoying it (with my friends)! I wanna share you a simple yet special recipe of mine and I want it be known by people but of course if ever you will blog it in here the credits is all yours. I can email you the recipe :)

    1. McKee July 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Last one brother can I have the list of your favorite albums?

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

        that list is terribly long haha

    1. Mom-Friday July 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      First time to comment and just wanna say thanks for sharing some really “good food” here… esp. your gluten-free recipes. My son was recommended a GFCF diet, but we can’t hack it, so we just control his dairy/casein and wheat/gluten consumption — but it’s just soooo hard! He loves bread too!
      Will try out some of your recipes here, thanks!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

        thanks mom friday! great blog!

    1. Anna July 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Great dish! Just tried it at home..sooo delicious and crunchy :)! thanks erwan! Can you tell me the name of the first song btw? You have great taste in music aswell

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

        great! thank you!

    1. Louise August 1, 2012 at 4:02 am

      A dish that can be delish and healthy at the same time. I’ll have my mum cook it for it hahahaha really love everything about your blog :)

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

        thanks! did she like it!

    1. lindsay August 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

      nice job! its great to know that i can cook my chicken in a healthier way ! keep it up :)

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

        thanks lindsay

    1. Regie August 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Did u use thai basil for the “pesto”?

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

        yes i did

        1. Regie Prudente August 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

          Oh ok. Thanks!

    1. skysenshi August 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I’m trying to change my lifestyle for health reasons. I was never particularly fat and I used to eat what I wanted because I thought I could get away with it. But apparently, your body will still tell you that you have been abusing it. I have been picking up recipes here and there and I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I would love to try all of these out. Gosh, I might even get addicted.


      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

        go for it!

    1. Diane August 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Erwan! Would it be alright if I’ll use just milk instead of buttermilk ?

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

        nope :)

    1. Melissa August 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      I love your yellow squash and zucchini pasta! May I ask what else can I use as an alternative for the traditional pasta?

      1. Erwan September 4, 2012 at 5:52 am

        anyhting you want to serve the chicken with really

    1. Aya September 3, 2012 at 8:06 am


      I just tried this recipe, and it’s really really good! I love the different flavors I can taste in this dish! But I wasn’t able to make the paste “paste-y” enough, its a little dry compared to what you prepared. But it’s okay I guess?

      Thanks for this recipe. I’ll be able to say goodbye to fried chicken for good.

    1. Aya September 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I bet you hate Man Vs. Food. Hehe. They had a burger with the krispy kreme donut as the buns.

      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:16 am


    1. Mikkei October 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

      Hi! I gotta try this sometime! I’m actually quite excited to start my path to the healthy side.

      I love Imagine Dragons! It’s nice to hear it here. :) Love the song! It’s also the opening for the new TV show Partners. :)

      1. Erwan October 31, 2012 at 4:29 am

        good taste in music :)

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    1. Ihjaz Ahmad November 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I’m definitely making this! thanks for sharing!




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