Skip the fast-food restaurants and make your own chicken nuggets! Moist chicken breast chunks with a crunchy coating will be popular with adults and kids alike and you’ll know exactly what’s in them! (Here’s a gluten-free version if you need one.)
- 3 small (600 g) skinless chicken breast fillets
- 2 cup (80 g) cornflakes
- 1/3 cup (50 g) plain flour
- 2 tsp ground paprika
- 1 tsp onion salt
- A pinch of ground white pepper
- 1/2 tsp caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup (50 g) plain flour, extra
- vegetable oil, to shallow-fry
- crinkle-cut oven fries, to serve, optional
Cut the chicken into nugget-sized pieces.
Crush the cornflakes by hand in a medium bowl or in a plastic bag until coarsely crushed. Add the flour, paprika, onion salt, pepper and sugar; season with a little sea salt. Beat the eggs lightly in a medium bowl. Add the extra flour to a third bowl. Dip a few of the chicken pieces at a time into plain flour; shake away the excess flour. Dip the chicken into egg, then into the spiced cornflake mixture. Place the chicken on a plate; repeat with remaining chicken in batches.
Heat about 3cm of oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Place a large wire rack over a tray. Shallow-fry the chicken pieces, in batches, for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally, or until lightly browned all over. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon; transfer to the rack or drain on paper towels.
Serve the chicken nuggets with crinkle-cut oven fries or potato wedges, if desired.
To keep the chicken warm while cooking in batches, have the oven on at about 120 C (100 C fan-forced). Draining the chicken on a wire rack helps to keep it crisp and allows heat to circulate while the chicken is being kept warm in the oven. You can serve the chicken nuggets with your favourite dipping sauce, such as sweet chilli, mayonnaise, aioli, tomato or barbecue.