Homemade Chicken Nuggets: A Fun and Delicious Recipe for the Whole Family
Chicken nuggets are a popular fast food item that kids and adults alike love. But did you know that you can easily make them at home, and they will taste even better than the ones you buy from a fast food restaurant? With this homemade chicken nugget recipe, you can have a fun and delicious meal that the whole family can enjoy.
— Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb. ground chicken, see notes
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 1 slice bread, or 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- ¾ teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg, whisked
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter, or canola oil spray
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
— How to make this delicious recipe :
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add the bread to a bowl and pour the milk on top. Let it absorb for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic salt and black pepper.
Use your hands to combine. This is called a panade and it keeps the chicken nuggets juicy. (vs. hard and dense.)
Add the ground chicken to a large bowl and add the panade. Use your hands to mix until just combined, don’t overmix.
Take a tablespoon and scoop out the chicken. Form into nuggets and set aside.
Combine the breading mix on a large plate and set aside.
Brush each side of the nuggets with the whisked egg. Transfer them to the breading plate and generously coat each one until completely covered. Place on a baking sheet.
Brush half of the melted butter on the top of the nuggets, this helps them turn a nice golden brown. You can also use canola oil spray but they won’t get quite as golden.
If some nuggets are darker than others, place the darker ones in the middle of the baking sheet and the lighter ones along the edge.
Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven.
Brush each side with melted butter and bake for 8 more minutes. (You can use canola oil spray if preferred but they won’t get quite as golden.)
Remove and let them rest for a few minutes prior to serving.
— Pro Tips:
- For an extra crispy coating, double dip the chicken in the egg mixture and breadcrumbs.
- If you prefer, you can bake the chicken nuggets instead of frying them. Just preheat your oven to 400°F and bake the nuggets for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- To make the chicken nuggets gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs instead of panko breadcrumbs.
— Nutrition Information:
Homemade chicken nuggets are a healthier option than fast food versions, as they are not only lower in calories and fat but also free from additives and preservatives. One serving of homemade chicken nuggets (approximately 4-5 nuggets) contains around 250-300 calories, 15-20 grams of protein, and 10-15 grams of fat, depending on the cooking method and the type of oil used.
In conclusion, homemade chicken nuggets are a delicious and easy-to-make meal that can satisfy your cravings without the guilt. With a few simple ingredients and some pro tips, you can make your own healthy and flavorful chicken nuggets at home. Give this recipe a try, and you may never go back to fast food again!
This is an easy one and oh so good.
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