Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? And, for sure, they are a kid’s favorite, right? Try the recipe below which uses a technique referred to in the cooking world as “reverse battering.” We are usually taught to bread meats using a liquid-then-flour (or flour-liquid-flour/breading) method.  However, Chinese recipes, sometimes bread their food with starch and then egg before placing it in the oil. Turns out it’s a genius idea for getting a light, crunchy, and satisfying texture for nuggets, without having to add wheat flour or breadcrumbs into your diet. (The trick is in not heating the oil too hot, so as to keep the egg from burning; medium heat works perfectly.) So, give it a try with this chicken nugget recipe!

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Chicken Nuggets
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 60 Minutes (marinating time)
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 60 Minutes (marinating time)
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Diet Level:5
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Instructions
  1. Combine the chicken pieces and pickle juice in a resealable plastic bag; marinate for at least 1 hour, but can leave for up to six hours. When the chicken has finished marinating, strain it through a colander to drain out the extra pickle juice. Move the chicken around to make sure it drains properly.
  2. As the chicken drains, prepare your breading by combining the starch, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Beat the eggs in a wide bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250F. On your stove, warm the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the starch mixture until evenly coated. With your fingers, dip a starchy chicken piece in the egg, shake off the excess egg, then carefully add it to the oil. Repeat until you have filled your skillet; being careful not to overcrowd the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken until cooked through, flipping every 2 minutes, about 6-8 minutes per batch.
  5. As you finish each batch, place the cooked pieces on a plate lined with paper towels; put them in the oven to stay warm. You should be able to cook the chicken pieces in about 3 or 4 batches, depending upon the size of your skillet. The oil should reach halfway up the chicken pieces while cooking, add more oil if needed. Be sure to watch the heat, as the skillet will get warmer over time; adjust heat as needed. You’re looking for an oil temperature around 350F. Use a splatter screen to prevent splattering.
  6. Serve warm with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard. ALL SUGAR-FREE, OF COURSE!
Recipe Notes

*For the pickle juice, the juice that comes from Bubbies Kosher Dills is salt-brined, probiotic, delicious, and without any added vinegar, sugar or other additives.

FYI, this recipe does not fare well in the oven.

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