Homemade Chicken Nuggets
I think all kids love chicken nuggets. They kinda weird me out so I try to make my own. The hardest part is cleaning up the Dutch oven after you’ve fried up your little nuggets so just ask your husband to do it. Promise these are so easy and according to my kids (who I know are a little strange), better than Chick-fil-A.
Cut chicken breast into 1/2 inch-thick pieces. I always buy organic chicken mainly because I don’t want to spend time cutting off the slimy fat. And since we eat such good and healthy beef I feel like we should try to eat the best chicken we can too.
Whisk water, 1/2 tbsp, salt and Worcestershire in a medium bowl. Add chicken and refrigerate, covered, for about 30 minutes.
To crush panko, place it inside a zip-lock bag and lightly beat it with a rolling pin.
Combine flour, panko, onion powder, remaining salt, pepper, garlic powder and baking soda in a shallow dish. Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish until foamy. I was trying to watch a Baylor football game while frying chicken and making the rest of our dinner so I didn’t get pictures of the egg whites, coating the chicken, or the frying part. You’ll be just fine without them, I promise. Coat chicken with egg whites and then dredge in flour-crumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Transfer to a plate and let sit for 10 minutes.
We had a honey-mustard sauce, BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing with our nuggets. Super easy to make or you can use store bought. For honey-mustard: whisk together 1/2 cup yellow mustard and 1/3 cup honey. Season with salt and pepper. For BBQ: whisk 3/4 cup ketchup, 3 tbsp. Molasses, 1 tbsp. cider vinegar, 1 tsp. hot sauce and 1/8 tsp. liquid smoke. Season with salt and pepper. Do this before you start frying.
Heat 2 cups of vegetable (or peanut oil) in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Fry half of chicken until a deep, golden brown, about 3 minutes. Turn halfway through cooking. Drain chicken on paper towels and repeat with remaining chicken.
Serve with your favorite sides and dipping sauces. I’ll post the recipe to the tomato and mac & cheese casserole we had with our nuggets asap. Oh it made the meal complete. Enjoy!