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Old 12-10-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Trying to make chicken nuggets

hi not sure if im in the right part of forum for this but basically im new to cooking stuff. but being single and with a daughter to feed i need to learn and i have come a long way but i am trying to master my little girls favorite "chicken nuggets" and im failing badly. the recipe i am using is for the batter is :
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water, ice cold // not using ice cold water as i cant get it without turning it to ice?
however the pictures show the results the batter is like sand on the chicken what am i doing wrong ??
i want the batter to be crunchy like fishy shop batter not breaded batter?

should i exclude the baking soda cos it self raising flour?
should i freeze them in the batter first?
or should i just go to mcdonalds?

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Old 12-10-2016, 03:57 PM   #2
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It's been my experience that if you bake something in batter, it will look like your picture, but if you deep fat fry something, it will be crunchy, which I suspect they do to the fish and chips.

I think it also depends on the batter itself. I was using a dry batter for my fish and hated the results because it just fell off in the oil. So I went to using a wet batter instead - I got a batter mix from the store that has the user add water to it to make it into sort of a pancake like mix before deep fat frying. That worked much better.

I'm sure there are people here way more experienced than me who can give you some better information, though.
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Old 12-10-2016, 04:31 PM   #3
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Welcome to DC!

When I make chicken nuggets, I coat the chicken chunks in mayonaise, then shake them up in a bag of seasoned panko bread crumbs. The seasoning can be anything you want, I throw in some red pepper flakes. I bake them in a single layer.

They're always nice and crunchy. I make a honey mustard dipping sauce.
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Old 12-10-2016, 05:20 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC!

When I make chicken nuggets, I coat the chicken chunks in mayonaise, then shake them up in a bag of seasoned panko bread crumbs. The seasoning can be anything you want, I throw in some red pepper flakes. I bake them in a single layer.

They're always nice and crunchy. I make a honey mustard dipping sauce.
Dawg, that sounds yummy! What temperature do you bake it at, and for how long?
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I made crispy chicken fingers last night. Should be the same for nuggets. Cut to the size you want. Dredge in seasoned all purpose flour (I just used poultry blend and salt), then dip in egg wash, then roll in panko bread crumbs. Fry over medium to medium high heat, turning once. Mine were deliciously crispy outside and juicy inside.
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Dawg, that sounds yummy! What temperature do you bake it at, and for how long?

You know me, GG, it differs each time!

400F, for about 20-25 minutes. I use a little rack in my toaster oven over a parchment-lined baking sheet, sometimes I flip them, sometimes I don't.

After seeing this thread, I knew what I wanted for dinner. But oh no, no panko! I did find Stove Top Stuffing mix, so I crushed some of that up in a ziplock, with a rolling pin, and used that for breading.

Hm. Looking at your nuggets, buill, you might want to cut them a bit smaller and more uniform.
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Here's a pic of mine tonight. If you want them more like McDonald's, you might want to try panko, but these turned out pretty tasty!
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Here's a pic of mine tonight. If you want them more like McDonald's, you might want to try panko, but these turned out pretty tasty!

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You know me, GG, it differs each time!

400F, for about 20-25 minutes. I use a little rack in my toaster oven over a parchment-lined baking sheet, sometimes I flip them, sometimes I don't.

After seeing this thread, I knew what I wanted for dinner. But oh no, no panko! I did find Stove Top Stuffing mix, so I crushed some of that up with a rolling pin, and used that for breading.

Hm. Looking at your nuggets, buill, you might want to cut them a bit smaller and more uniform.
Oh, I know. Beginner cooks need a little more guidance, though

Love the idea of using Stove Top Stuffing for breading
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True, GG. The mayo makes it super easy. I put about a quarter cup of mayo, more or less, into a ziplock, put in the cut-up chicken breast chunks, and shake and smush so the chunks are evenly coated with mayo. Then I put them into a separate bag of whatever seasoned crumbs I have, shake like crazy so they're evenly coated, then bake.

The mayo takes the place of the egg, and allows the crumbs to adhere. The nuggets don't taste like mayo. Having your chicken breast partially frozen makes it easier to cut into chunks. Make sure it's pretty dry before you shake it in the mayo. Leaving it on some paper towels for a few minutes works.
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