I made chicken nuggets the other day at the request of my youngest brother. He had been bugging my mother for a while for chicken nuggets, and finally my mom delegated the task to me. Since my family eats zabiha meat we don’t eat chicken nuggets (and other meats) from the regular fast food places like McDonald’s or Chick-fil-a, so hitting the nearby McDonald’s was not an option. And honestly whether or not you eat only zabiha meat, eating fast food is really not a healthy option with all the unnecessary, added ingredients.
Thank God for Pinterest, however, because I came across a recipe that claimed to be a copycat of the Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets! The recipe was simple enough and it didn’t have the million extra ingredients the stuff from fast food restaurants have so I thought why not give it a go? I’m glad I did, because the resulting chicken nuggets were crispy and delicious!
Chicken Nuggets Recipe (adapted from Kristen Schell)
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 Tb powdered sugar (do not omit!)
Cut the chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces. Whisk the milk and egg together. Mix the cut chicken and the milk-egg concoction in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (I let it sit overnight).
In a large plastic ziploc bag add flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake to mix the dry ingredients. Add the cut chicken to the bag, seal again to shake until all the pieces are well coated.
Heat your oil in a pan on medium heat. Fry your nuggets in small batches, turning when they are browned completely on one side. Once cooked fully on both sides, remove, and drain on paper towel.