Let’s do a quick and easy recipe to make chicken nuggets utilizing some of the modern conveniences our granny’s would have loved to of had back in their day.
You will need: Chicken (I use boneless chicken breasts, you can use strips or whatever you like), milk, and some good old $1 a box chicken seasoning and coating mix.
Yes my dears, not only do I use Shake and Bake, I use generic shake and bake – and I proudly proclaim to all that can hear that “It is good!”.
Of course Southerners are known for their fried chicken, typically made from scratch with a well seasoned coating of flour and spices. I can do that, sure I can do that. But do I want to all the time? Heck no, and neither would my great granny if she were still here. Its little modern conveniences like this coating that my ancestors would have marveled at. We are nothing if not a practical culture.
Now you can make a seasoning coating from scratch, too but like I said, this box costs around a dollar.
For a great homemade coating recipe check out TipNut.com’s posting here.
I don’t fry very often but don’t y’all start a worrying that I’m gonna go over to the “other side”. It’s not because of health reasons at all. I just don’t like the mess. That’s why I love this oven fry chicken. Its not messy, can be put together quickly, and If i want, I can adapt it to make strips for the “big people” and nuggets for the “little people”.
And today, it’s also migraine friendly. If cooking anything can be migraine friendly.
This is an example of how I cut up my chicken breasts. I am using a boneless skinless chicken breast here and as you can see I get six large nuggets out of it. You can use a knife to do this of course but i have a nice pair of dishwasher safe kitchen shears that make cutting up meat a breeze so I just scissor cut right through this.
This is three chicken breasts cut up. I am only using three for a family of four because cooking chicken this way actually causes it to “plump up” and be more filling. You won’t need as much as you normally would.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour your coating into the plastic bag that comes in the box. Now the box comes with two bags of coating and two plastic bags. I gotta tell ya that I use both of them at once each time I make this. Technically you are only supposed to need one but we don’t fret over technicalities when we want a nice thick coating on our chicken.
Pour a little milk in your bowl and place your chicken pieces in it.
Some recipes call for using egg, some just water, some milk. Milk works for me.
You just do whatever cranks your tractor. 🙂
Put a few pieces of chicken in your bag and give it a good shake.
I just do about half of my chicken in this bag and then I pour the rest of my coating in and finish with the other half.
Place on your baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes for nuggets, thirty or more for whole chicken breasts. Whenever I cook chicken breasts, I always cut one open in the center to see if it is done rather than go by any set time frame.
Some of these boxes of coating will tell you that whole boneless skinless breasts will be done in fifteen minutes.
I hope to find those people someday and sell them some prime swampland.
And that, my dear friends, is my little non-gourmet, super cheap secret to quickie chicken nuggets that the kidders and the big people all enjoy.
Ain’t no shame in my game!
- 1 Box seasoning and coating mix or homemade
- 3-4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless - or can use tenders or whatever you prefer
- 1 -2 cups milk
- Cut each chicken breast into nuggets. Place in bowl with milk. Pour coating into bag and add a few chicken nuggets at a time, shaking to coat. Place coated pieces onto baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for about twenty minutes for chicken nuggets, thirty minutes or longer (until it tests done) for chicken breasts.
Serve with MeMe’s mashed potatoes!
I love to dip my nuggets in honey! (late response to the dipping sauce question but thought I’d toss it out there anyway!)
I’m adding this to the ever-growing list of recipes to try from your site! 😉
We’re having these with french fries and mac-n-cheese tonight for Edward’s second birthday dinner.
Going to give this a try tonight. I love fried chicken.
Oh these look delish Christy, thanks very much for the mention too :). I really appreciate it!
I’m sooooo making this meal tonight!!!!! I can almost taste it through the computer!!!! Ahhhhhhh, I can’t wait!!!!!!
Love this recipe
Ah that looks great Christy! When I saw the photo of the nuggets from your mashed potato tutorial I assumed they would be minced chicken meat, but this is good, with the actual breast meat.
I also like to oven-fry, for the same reason as you. Deep frying is so messy. I think the end result is almost as good as deep frying. I have made a buttermilk fried chicken recipe, and also oven fried it. I gave it a quick spray before putting it in the oven and the coating really crisped up.
MeMe’s mashed potatoes and Christy’s nuggets are on the menu for me! I should call my little niece over on Saturday and make them for her. She loves nuggets, especially the dinosaur shaped ones. =)