Home-made Chicken Nuggets: Delicious In and Out
I have always wondered how those ready-made chicken nuggets can be so crispy and tasty. I've made several attempts to make my own chicken nuggets that are not just as tasty and crispy as those instant ones, but also healthier, since instant chicken nuggets could be classified as 'junk food'.
So, I've searched the internet for some recipes and tips and came up with several good ones, but none which are...let's say, complete. Therefore, I have combined some recipes together to create my own 'complete' recipe. However, note that I am not copying from anybody. This recipe is a result of my own experience. And here I am sharing it to you. :)
But first of all, I would like to clarify something. You may have found millions of chicken nugget recipes on the net and most of them tend to tell you just to cut chicken breasts into blocks, coat them with egg and breadcrumbs and fry them. They may seem very simple and look like nuggets, but I tell you what, they're not nuggets! It is more appropriate to call them chicken strips or small chicken katsu, since they retain the chicken's tenderness, unlike nuggets.
So, here's what you need to make real chicken nuggets.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 250g breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp flour
- Black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 eggs
- Basil (optional)
- Blender or grinder
- Plastic zipper bag or any other closed container
- A couple of bowls and flat plates
When you already have everything prepared, here's how you do it:
STEP 1 : Cut off all fats from the chicken breasts. Then chop them into small pieces so thay they fit into the blender/grinder.
STEP 2 : Put the chicken pieces into the blender. It would be better when using a grinder or a special meat blender, but if that is not possible, a standard blender will do. Blend the chicken roughly, not to smooth.
STEP 3 : Add a pinch of pepper and basil and enough salt according to your taste into the rough chicken paste. Continue blending until smooth.
Note: Make sure everything is blended properly. Standard blenders are likely to blend only the ones near the blades, leaving the pieces on top whole.
STEP 4 : Put the chicken into a bowl. Take a chunk of chicken paste and roll it into the size of a ping pong ball. After that, flatten the ball into nugget-like shapes. Do this for the whole paste.
Note: This could be a bit sticky. If you like, smear your hands with flour first every time you want to roll.
STEP 5 : Put the eggs into a bowl and stir well. Leave it.
STEP 6 : Prepare a plastic zipper bag or any other closed container and put the flour and breadcrumbs. Add onion powder, a pinch of black pepper and enough salt. Shake the container until everything is mixed together.
STEP 7 : Now, here comes the fun part. Take one nugget and put it into the container. Make sure it is tightly closed. Then shake until all surface of the nugget has been covered with breadcrumbs.
STEP 8 : Take the nugget out with your fingers and drop it into the egg. Coat all surface.
STEP 9 : Take the nugget carefully out and drop it into the container again. Shake again until well coated. Transfer the nugget onto a flat plate. Repeat this until all nuggets are coated.
STEP 10 : Then, put all nuggets into the freezer for at least 1 hour.
STEP 11 : After that, repeat the coating process (step 7-9). If the breadcrumbs mixture runs out, prepare another.
*Believe me, coating the nuggets twice will make it even crispier when fried. :)
STEP 12 : Now the nuggets are ready to be fried. Heat oil and deep fry the nuggets until golden brown.
Voilà! Your own-made nuggets are ready to be served.
Note that the crispiness of the nuggets depends on the breadcrumbs you use. Some breadcrumbs tend to become mealy or powdery after being fried, some others may become as crispy as those ready-made ones.
Have your own try!
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