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Chicken Nuggets

dirtsailor2003

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Disclaimer: I cooked these in the oven, but with a higher temp grill you could cook these no problem.

So the other day I posted a chicken nugget recipe in the dutch oven forum.


My wife requested that I adapt the recipe to be cooked in a healthier way. So this is what I came up with.

For the nuggets I used chicken breasts. They worked just as good as the thighs. So if you prefer all white meat go for it.
One ingredient I didn’t add into the meat mixture from the original recipe was the powdered chicken stock. I just was lazy and didn’t want to grind up a cube. I didn’t miss it so probably will skip it in the future. I did a double batch again.
My plan was to use Panko with seasonings. We didn’t have Panko but we did have a can of Italian seasoned bread crumbs. So that’s what I used. I spread a couple cups on a sheet pan and toasted them in the oven (400°f) for theee minutes. Stirred and toasted for another 3 minutes. Let that cool. This is an important step for any breaded food you want to oven bake. So don't skip it.
Earlier I had run the meat through the processor and seasoned it. I let it rest in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
For baking I set the oven up at 400°f .
While the oven was preheating I shaped and coated the nuggets. I mixed up an egg with a bit of water. Dipped the shaped meat into the egg wash. Then into the toasted bread crumbs. Places on a wire rack over a sheet pan. I sprayed the nuggets on both sides with olive oil. Once all the nuggets were shaped and breaded into the oven they went. It took 20 minutes to get a good crisp crust in our oven. I flipped them at the ten minute mark.
These were super tasty and Annalee declared them to be superior to the fried version. I don’t know that I’d go that far but they are really good and since we don’t have to set up a fryer I bet we’ll make these more often than the fried ones.

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Ready for the oven.


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Out of the oven

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Enjoy!!!!
 

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Sounds and looks great. So now a choice , deep fried / or oven baked. Either way nice meal

Thanks for new version

David
 

JLeonard

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MMMMMM......Bet they were good with that Whataburger spicy ketchup!
Jim
 

dirtsailor2003

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I have a excel file that calculates the spices in grams based on the weight of the chicken you have. Not sure how to attach it here.
 

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Nice! Would a double grind work instead of a processor?
Like!
 

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Looks good Case!
Great idea !
Will have to give it a try!
Al
 

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I'm not even sure you'd need to double grind. But yes a grinder will work. That's actually my plan for when I do a large batch for freezing.
When you freeze them do you bread them first or bread after thawing?
 

dirtsailor2003

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When you freeze them do you bread them first or bread after thawing?
I haven't made a big batch yet to try. When I do, I am going to bread them then freeze. With the hopes that I can go straight into the oven without thawing. I think if you freeze them without the breading you'd need to thaw the meat to get the breading to stick properly.
 

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