Friday, March 14, 2014

The Homemade Pantry: Chicken Nuggets

I haven't made a ton of recipes that I've posted on this blog that I would call life-altering.  I mean, I've made a bunch of great stuff, but few things that I went, "Wow.  Wow, wow, wow."

This, however, is a Wow Recipe.

It's super easy to go to the store, buy a box of chicken nuggets, and heat them up for dinner.  Or, even easier, to run to McDonald's and get a big old box of them.  (I'd say "for the kids," but I'm not even going to lie about how much I love chicken nuggets.)

These are actually really easy to make, and they're really good, and it's incredibly satisfying to eat a chicken nugget that. . .well, a chicken nugget that you're aware of what's in it.

A couple notes: first of all, I used Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (which I highly recommend), but you can use any kind. . .regular, homemade, whatever.

Also, you'll notice in the ingredient picture, I've included creole seasoning.  You don't have to include creole seasoning (it's not in the original recipe), but I tend to put this in everything, and just happened to include it in this picture.  It gave the chicken nuggets a nice spice. 

I'm so excited for you guys to try these.  Please, please try them!

Chicken Nuggets
Makes 30-40 nuggets


1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts (or, in this case, breast tenders)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
1 tsp. salt
Oil (for the pan)
2 tsp. creole seasoning or cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F and oil your baking pan.

Cut chicken into pieces.

In a bowl, mix the mayo and lemon juice together.  Combine the breadcrumbs and spices in another bowl.

Set up your ingredients in a line, like so:

Take each piece of chicken and dip it into the mayo mixture, and then dip into the breadcrumb mixture.  Place on pan.  Once all your chicken is all covered, refrigerate the tray for 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the fridge and bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from the oven, flip chicken, and bake for another 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and enjoy.  Because these are amazing.  (Especially dipped in honey!)

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