Deen’s Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo chicken breast fillet

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups coarse bread crumbs -or- oatmeal

2 chicken eggs

fine salt -or- garlic salt

ground black pepper

Powdered herbs and spices: Use any of the following-

  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • tarragon
  • oregano
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • thyme

Instructions:

 

Coating mix and egg mix

1. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add salt to taste. This is the egg mixture.

2. Mix flour, crumbs/oatmeal, pepper and herbs&spices in a bowl. This is the coating mixture. The ratio of flour and crumbs should be 1:2 ; that is, for every 1 cup of flour, add 2 cups of crumbs. Coarse breadcrumbs are better known as Panko or Japanese breadcrumbs. I prefer using this type because it adds texture to the nugget.

Chicken breast fillet

3. Cut the chicken fillet into square or rectangular pieces. Each fillet can be spread on the chopping board and you’ll notice that the thickness is just the right size for a nugget so all you have to do is cut across it.

Nuggets in the mixtures

4. Dip the nuggets into the egg mixture then put them into the coating mixture.

5. Fry the nuggets in a pan; about half of each nugget should be submerged in oil. You may also use a deep-fryer.

6. Fry the nuggets until they are golden brown. You’ll also notice the smell of the herbs and spices once the nuggets are thoroughly cooked.

Homemade chicken nuggets

7. Serve with an awesome dipping sauce… or Heinz ketchup (my favorite) ^__^

Technicalities:

I know that this not exactly a chicken nugget because chicken nuggets are made from meat slurry (all the extra parts of animals put together and turned to a thick soup) and batter. It isn’t chicken fritters either because fritters are pieces of food that are dipped in batter then fried (e.g. tempura). For the sake of simplicity, I called these ‘chicken nuggets’ because they are uhm… modeled, after chicken nuggets.

Acknowledgement:

I’d like to acknowledge my sister who makes the best chicken nugget sauce using any ingredient that she can find in the fridge and the cupboards. I’d also like to acknowledge my co-worker Miss Rhea who brought up the topic ‘chicken nuggets’ at school, so I decided to put up this recipe on my blog.

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