Better than fast food nuggets, this homemade chicken nuggets recipe solves the argument about light or dark meat-- do both! Delight your friends and family with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce and several other dipping sauce recipes.
Nice variety of options; try breaded chicken nuggets or opt for beer battered or panko crusted nuggets. Diet restricted? Check out the gluten-free chicken nuggets version; delicious.
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 cups flour
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
How to make chicken nuggets:
Cut the chicken breasts into 1/2" x 2" strips. Open the chicken thighs and spread flat, butterfly style. Cut into 4 equal pieces, 2 if the thigh is very small. Season each piece of chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat 1/4" of oil over a medium-high heat. While the oil is heating, place the flour in a lunch-size paper bag or large plastic bag, add several pieces of chicken, and shake to coat well.
Cook the chicken in batches; don't try to get it all into a skillet at one time. Place the chicken pieces in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, and then fry just a little more for extra crispness and color.
Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
Panko Crusted Chicken Nuggets:
Dredge the seasoned, uncooked chicken pieces in flour, then beaten eggs, then panko crumbs. Fry as above or deep fry in 375° oil until golden brown.
Beer Battered Chicken Nuggets:
Skip the breading and dip the uncooked nuggets into beer batter and deep fry until golden, in hot 375° oil. (Check out Beer-Battered Onion Rings for a second beer batter option.)
For both options, drain on paper toweling and serve warm.
Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Prepare as in the first recipe but do not coat with flour. Instead, brush on a little olive oil, season, and broil until browned but still juicy inside, about 2 or 3 minutes each side.
Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
Combine 1 cup honey and 1/2 cup Dijon mustard. Note: This sauce is best when prepared a day or two ahead of time.