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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets! A kid favorite, and so easy to reheat for a quick and healthy lunch. If you do not have a food processor, just blend the onion and garlic together and then mix it with 3/4 lb of ground chicken and additional ingredients. Freezing** instructions below.

Makes about 60 1-inch chicken nuggets
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 a small yellow onion, skin removed
3 boneless skinless chicken breast, or ground chicken breasts, if you do not have a food processor
1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
couple dashes of valentina hot sauce or any mild hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup bread crumbs
2 cups panko Japanese bread crumbs

dash of salt to the bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Food processor

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix bread crumbs with parmesan, dash of salt and panko together in a shallow dish, beat eggs and milk in a shallow dish, and place flour in another dish.

1. To a food processor add onion and garlic, pulse until the onion is no longer chunky. Add in chicken, salt, pepper, hot sauce and creole seasoning. Grind together for 1 minute or until everything is combined and is a paste.

2. Drop tablespoonfuls of chicken mixture into the flour, flip over to completely covered with flour. Next dredge  in egg and milk mixture turn to cover using a spoon and a fork until completely covered. Finally roll in panko bread crumb mixture and turn to coat completely and place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the chicken and bake for 20 minutes.

Be careful when eating nuggets, let cool the inside will be very hot. Serve with desired dipping sauce, I like sweet chili sauce with my nuggets.

**Freezing Instructions: To freeze chicken nuggets, let cool on baking sheets then transfer to wax paper lined baking sheets and freeze for 45 minutes, then move nuggets to ziplock freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat nuggets place nuggets on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.**

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