These homemade chicken nuggets are made with real chicken and leftover crackers and the kids LOVE them!
We had so many cheese biscuits left over from Christmas, that I had a think about what I could actually do with them, rather than chuck them away or let them entertain themselves in the bread bin for around about six months, until they were soft and had to be chucked out anyway!
So I thought I would turn these into a coating for something, I blitzed them in the food processor and had breadcrumbs pronto. I blitzed several herby ones separately and bagged that up, as that would make a fab topping for a lasagne or pasta bake.
I recently picked up some chicken breast strips from Waitrose for a fab price, so the ideal meal popped up and not only were the kids looking forward to it, but scraggy Annie (moi) was also a tad excited. Now I do put a lot of healthy recipes up on this Blog, but I really love bad food, I walk past MacDonald’s and blow it a kiss, the Chippy sets my heart racing and would actually curl up and die if I could no longer eat an Indian takeaway!
Get my drift! These homemade chicken nuggets taste just as good, even better, than their fast food faves.
So this was a semi healthy take on a fast food meal, where there was actually 100% chicken breast and no bulking agents, added colours or E shite !
For my homemade chicken nuggets, you will need……
Chicken breast cut into strips or chunks
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup milk
1 cup of flour
So firstly, put the oven on a medium heat and then blitz your crackers into a fine breadcrumb.
The easiest and best way to coat anything in breadcrumbs is to do the dry, wet, dry method and the least messiest method is to do this in bags.
In bag one put in a cup of flour, I use wholemeal as it is a bit of goodness I can stuff down the kids without them knowing ! Pop all the chicken in here and coat the chicken well.
In bag two, put in the egg and milk, put the floured chicken in here next and again make sure it gets a good coating.
And finally in bag three is the Cracker breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, now put the chicken in here and really bash it around the bag, making sure you press the crumbs to the meat.
Put the nuggets onto a baking tray and put into the oven on a temperature of around 180* for around 15 to 20 minutes, turn once and before you serve, make sure the meat is white throughout and the coating is golden.
Now you have to have chips with chicken nuggets and I cannot stand the smell of real cooked chips, but love the taste of them. Now my best piece of kit in my kitchen is the Tefal Actifry that cooks real chips in a spoonful of oil , and they actually taste Amazeballs. They are not cheap, around £100 but they are honestly a brill investment, because they leave no nasty whiffs, are easy to clean and the chips actually taste like real Chips !
I added a tbsp. of coconut oil onto the spuds and let them cook for 30 minutes, it is a good idea to start cooking these before you make the nuggets.
If you like good family meals, try these pulled pork burgers for less than 75p each !