i think it was this past week where i asked (on instagram) if you guys wanted to know my secret chicken nugget recipe. a handful of you said you were on the edge of your seat, about to go crazy because you just NEEDED to know. just kidding, well kind of…that was a little extreme buttttttt a handful of you did say you wanted to know how its done.
and i know this may come as a shock to you but i can be lazy sometimes ( i mean, come on…we all can be!) and if youre lazy sometimes, its okay. i would be more concerned if you were like the energizer bunny and didnt stop and didnt gave yourself a break here and there.
so what does lazy have to do with chicken? well they go hand and hand because these chicken nuggets are EASY! but yet so good. i would say the “hardest” part of these is waiting for them to be finished in the oven. so if youre not feeling like making a huge, in-depth meal or you arent super good at cooking or youre just feeling lazy but hungry, this SECRET recipe is for you 🙂
this is what is needed:
- 1 package of chicken tenderloins…about a pound ( you could use chicken breast too, but i like the tenderloins because theyre small and easier to bread)
- 1 cup of white flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups of vigo plain panko bread crumbs – light & flaky (i have used this brand for the longest time and it works SO well!! i find it at woodmans but im sure its elsewhere too)
- cooking spray
first off, pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
cut your chicken into pieces, up to you as to how big you want them.
spray your cookie sheet with oil, because once youre done breading the chicken, you can put it right on the pan. (dont you wish all cookie sheets would stay clean?)
next, you want to crack your two eggs into a bowl and whisk until theyre combined.
after that, you will have to get two large plates, i just use our everyday ones and i measure out the white flour and panko. (to be honest, i do not measure these…but i know there is that one person who is thinking: “I NEED MEASUREMENTS, I AM NOT GOOD WITH GUESSING”, dont worry, i gotcha!)
now we are to the meat and gravy – first youre going to coat your chicken with the flour, then soak the floured chicken in egg, make sure the piece of chicken is fully covered with egg and finish it by breading the piece of chicken in the panko. after your chicken is all breaded place on the oiled cookie sheet.
the final touch is, i spray the breaded chicken with the cooking spray. this allows the breading to stay on and creates a better crunch.
cook nuggets for about 15-20 mins, make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees before chowing down.
now you eat, with dipping sauce of course & these dipping cups are a must!
if youre anything like me, i HATE when my food touches, so problem solved by buying these dip cups. i also recommend buffalo and ranch for dipping sauces.
***note, i did not season with spices or even use salt and pepper. the reason is because we really like our condiments and all the favor we need comes from the condiments. but i encourage you to try different seasonings. just mix all the spices you want in with the panko!***
well enjoy, as always!! i hope this recipe fills your void you had for chicken nuggets 🙂