Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nuggets, Nuggets, All Around...

Good evening fellow bloggers! I come to you all with more chicken tonight, but not the typical whole chicken or chicken wings. I come to you with the proposal of delicious chicken nuggets. Yes, I said chicken nuggets. Think of that delicious white meat, tender and juicy... I'm sure when most of you think chicken nuggets, your mind automatically goes to McDonald's or some other fast food joint with their processed food and "fake" chicken. Well, not tonight folks. We are serving up something real. Something that will have your taste buds screaming for more. So, if you are all with me, we will begin!

Honey Mustard Panko Chicken Nuggets

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 to 3 pounds of chicken tenderloins or chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or flour all-purpose
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups coarse dry whole-wheat Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoons salt, divided

Are you ready to get cooking? Me too!

  1. Combine the honey, mustard, orange juice and garlic in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a storage bag, add the chicken and marinate 30 minutes to a few hours.
  3. When you are ready to bread the chicken, preheat oven to 450 degrees and prepare the baking sheet by placing a cooling rack on it.
  4. Create the following assemble line: A shallow bowl containing the flour, a lightly beat eggs in the second shallow bowl, and the breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the bowls containing the flour and the one containing the breadcrumbs and mix well.
  6. Spray the cooling rack with the cooking spray.
  7. Coat each nugget in flour, shaking off any excess.
  8. Dip the chicken in the egg and let excess drip off.
  9. Then roll in the breadcrumb mixture and place the nuggets on the prepared rack.
  10. Bake the tenders for 18 to 20 minutes depending on thickness of the chicken.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Voila! we have a dinner that will satisfy anyone, including children. I hope to see you all tomorrow. Have an excellent night!