While I would love to save myself the hard work of cooking by just buying store-bought chicken nuggets, I can't help but wonder what exactly is in that stuff. Many would you might just roll your eyes and say, "chicken, silly!" but what I'm getting at is the nutritional value of those processed chicken nuggets, and how they were made exactly.
I remember a friend of mine telling me that store-bought chicken nuggets are made of the leftover chicken meat they get from processing other chicken products. How credible that statement is, I really have no idea. It's like hearing people say that burgers are made of earthworms and that KFC's genetically modified chicken parts moves even when cut. And I know that's pure fiction.
While thinking of these things I went on and made chicken nuggets anyway. The best part you can make these out of are chicken thigh fillets, for that juicy, flavorful bite. But if you're on a health pledge, then you can use brined chicken breast fillets instead.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
- 500g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1" cubes
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 2 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 cup Japanese breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- oil for frying
- barbecue sauce
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, milk, salt and pepper.
- Coat chicken pieces in the flour mixture.
- Dip coated chicken pieces in egg.
- Coat evenly with Japanese breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry until golden brown.
- Serve with barbecue sauce. I served mine with barbecue rib sauce, yum!