I first saw this on a great channel called MeatManGary – if you haven’t visited him online you should.
Once I saw that it could be done, I both started planning a time I could get the wife out of the house (because if she saw it while I was doing it she would not have ate it) and to do some more research.
Basically chicken nuggets are a breaded and shaped meat paste.
The boy eats LOTS of chicken nuggets.
While it isn’t his only food group like the poor 18 year old girl that ONLY ate nuggets – it is easy to make and he really likes them.
The problem is that most chicken nuggets are made with “mechanically separated” meat – which is a very unappetizing process. Basically the chicken carcass bones and all is ground and turned into slurry and forced through a very fine sieve to catch the bone particles. That is NOT something little WT should eat.
If you want to make your own homemade chicken nuggets, here is the process
- Ground Chicken
- Spices (I used Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Oregano, and Parsley)
- Mix Chicken and spices in a food processor
- Shape mix into ping pong sized balls and mush gently into nugget shape (I found it was easier to do after dredging)
- Dredge in flour
- Dip in egg wash
- Coat in flour again
Alternatively you could bake the nuggets. What I like to do is to fry briefly and then finish in the oven.
What works well is to fry, then freeze on a baking sheet, and then dump in a large Ziploc for bulk storage. Then you can thaw in the oven to finish cooking whenever you need a quick meal.
Two things to consider – ground meat has a large surface area for contamination, so clean hands and cold meat is necessary to prevent food-borne illness and you must fully cook the nuggets.
The boy and his mom both like this recipe, and I do admit it tastes good, but I think next time I am just going to chop the chicken into bite sized pieces and fry up real nuggets…