OK, y'all. It's time to share this secret. Chicken Nuggets aren't real food. I know it's shocking, but it's true.
Back in seventh grade, in my home economics class (yes, they still had those back in the 80s), I learned to make real chicken nuggets. This was - brace yourself - before McDonald's had them! And the ones I learned to make had Real Chicken Meat!
Would you like to know how ridiculously simple they are to make?
I've long since lost the recipe for exact measurements of ingredients, so I usually just "wing it" and you can, too.
*Boneless, skinless, uncooked chicken meat. We tend to like the thigh meat, as it has so much flavor, but the breasts would be fine.
*Bread Crumbs. You can use them from a can, but why? They put so much in there that isn't even bread! If you make your own bread or even have a favorite brand of bread, that will work great. Toast it up until it's quite dry then put it in the food processor or blender! Viola - bread crumbs.
*Spices. You can add whatever strikes your fancy. You can go relatively plain with a bit of sea salt and parsley. You can add a teaspoon or two of mixed italian seasonings and parmesan cheese. You can add curry and turmeric. It really is up to you what you want your nuggets to taste like.
*Egg or Butter. You need a coating agent!
Now, it depends on how much chicken you are making on how much of each of the others you will need.
Let's say you have two large breasts. Er, that you have two large chicken breasts...
--Cut them into about one inch cubes
--dip them into about a stick of melted butter or into a couple of lightly agitated eggs.
--remove from butter/egg
--roll in about 1-2 cups of bread crumbs mixed with spices
Put in a single layer on a cookie sheet and cook at 400 F for about 15 minutes. That is it!
You will very likely NOT need any kind of dipping sauce, as the nuggets will actually have flavor! If you think you need it, try this fabulous, homemade ranch dressing.
I have often thought about making a bunch of these ahead of time and freezing them. Unfortunately, they never last long enough. If you manage to do it, write and tell me about it!
Cooking is not about following specific recipes all the time. It is often about "winging it" and finding out what works for you and your family. Trying new things, new flavors, new methods, new ideas. You can do it! Trust me, if I can do it, you can too!