Hubby loves breaded chicken in any form and basically any shape too. I can’t express how grossed out I am by the pressed and shaped processed chicken you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store or at the popular fast food restaurants. BK calls them chicken fries, eeww! I’m constantly trying to remind him that chicken is not supposed to be shaped like that. But I’m just wasting my breath.
So yesterday I decided to make him real chicken nuggets. They can be a bit time consuming but they turned out great. The chicken was nice and moist while the breading was nice and crisp. I thought they were an awesome healthier version of chicken nuggets and you know exactly what’s in them. No mystery meat here!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
adapted from Where’s The Fat Guy?
2 cups plain panko
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2″ pieces
1. Preheat oven to 375°. In separate shallow bowl; mix the panko, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Set aside. In two separate shallow bowls; put the flour in one and beat the egg in the other. Set aside.
2. With each 2″ chunk of chicken; coat in the flour, then the egg and then the panko. Press firmly in the panko to get a nice crispy coating. Place breaded nuggets on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
3. After all the nuggets are breaded and placed on baking sheet, lightly spray the nuggets themselves with the non-stick cooking spray.
4. Bake for about 8 minutes. Flip the nuggets over, add more spray if needed and cook for another 8 minutes until golden brown. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.