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Fried Chicken Nuggets Recipe


By on 7/06/2020 08:02:00 AM

I had to laugh when I saw that National Fried Chicken Day is a celebrated food holiday!  Growing up, I lived with a Grandma who fried chicken at least once a week.  We didn't need a special holiday or event--whole chickens were affordable enough for our family and we ate chicken a lot!  These days, I generally grill or bake our chicken--but, this weekend, we decided to make some fried chicken nuggets instead.  My kids have always preferred boneless chicken to bone-in--so  these nuggets aren't quite what I think of when I think of fried chicken--but, they are loaded with flavor and a crispy, pan fried coating.  The same coating works just as well for bone-in chicken pieces too. What is my go-to recipe for fried chicken pieces and fried chicken nuggets?

Golden brown, homemade fried chicken nuggets
Ingredients for Fried Chicken Nuggets
1 lb. Boneless Chicken Breast, Cut into Nugget Sized Pieces
1 Large Egg, Beaten
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt

Vegetable Oil for Frying

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Instructions for Fried Chicken Nuggets
Mix the Fry Coating.  In a shallow bowl, mix together 1/2 c. of the flour, bread crumbs, garlic powder, sage, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper.  Make sure the ingredients are well blended!

Prepare for Coating.  You will have three shallow bowls of ingredients to coat the chicken nuggets for frying.  Add 1/4 c. of the flour to one bowl, the beaten egg to the second bowl and the fry coating that you mixed together will be your third bowl. 

Heat the Frying Oil.  Pour about an inch of vegetable oil into a large skillet.  Heat over medium heat until hot.  If you would like to deep fry the chicken nuggets, without turning them--heat about 2 inches of oil in a large dutch oven instead.   My grandma always fried her chicken in a big cast iron skillet until she discovered an electric skillet! I have never owned an electric skillet--but, she certainly used her electric skillet often to fry chicken and potatoes!

Coat the Chicken and Fry.  To coat the chicken, first dip the pieces into the bowl of flour, then into the beaten egg--and then finally, into the coating mixture--being sure to fully cover the chicken pieces with coating. Place the coated chicken into a single layer in the heated frying pan. I fry the pieces for about 3 minutes per side, turning once.  If you opt for the dutch oven, you will fry the chicken for about 4-5 minutes total or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown.  Remove the chicken from the oil with a slotted spoon or fry tongs and drain slightly.

Serve the Chicken Nuggets.  We serve with French fries, salad, and a dipping sauce for the nuggets--our kids prefer barbecue sauce or Ranch dressing or dip.



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This is my easy go-to recipe for fried chicken pieces and fried chicken nuggets.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Fried Chicken Nuggets

Instructions:

Instructions for Fried Chicken Nuggets
  1. Mix the Fry Coating. In a shallow bowl, mix together 1/2 c. of the flour, bread crumbs, garlic powder, sage, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Make sure the ingredients are well blended!
  2. Prepare for Coating. You will have three shallow bowls of ingredients to coat the chicken nuggets for frying. Add 1/4 c. of the flour to one bowl, the beaten egg to the second bowl and the fry coating that you mixed together will be your third bowl.
  3. Heat the Frying Oil. Pour about an inch of vegetable oil into a large skillet. Heat over medium heat until hot. If you would like to deep fry the chicken nuggets, without turning them--heat about 2 inches of oil in a large dutch oven instead. My grandma always fried her chicken in a big cast iron skillet until she discovered an electric skillet! I have never owned an electric skillet--but, she certainly used her electric skillet often to fry chicken and potatoes!
  4. Coat the Chicken and Fry. To coat the chicken, first dip the pieces into the bowl of flour, then into the beaten egg--and then finally, into the coating mixture--being sure to fully cover the chicken pieces with coating. Place the coated chicken into a single layer in the heated frying pan. I fry the pieces for about 3 minutes per side, turning once. If you opt for the dutch oven, you will fry the chicken for about 4-5 minutes total or until the chicken nuggets are golden brown. Remove the chicken from the oil with a slotted spoon or fry tongs and drain slightly.
  5. Serve the Chicken Nuggets. We serve with French fries, salad, and a dipping sauce for the nuggets--our kids prefer barbecue sauce or Ranch dressing or dip.
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