I’ve been making these nuggets for years and yes, after you have read the recipe you will think, 'geez, that’s hardly even a recipe, it’s so obvious that chicken nuggets are pretty much just chicken’ but I think that’s exactly why some people get so stressed out about cooking.
It really can be this simple. But please feel free to use your instincts and add more spice here and there if it tickles your fancy.
This recipe can be prepared two ways. Personally, I prefer to fry them because they go nice and brown and it’s easier to not totally dry them out but some days I just don’t have time to stand around flipping nuggets. On those days, I put them in the oven along with a tray of veggies and get all the other end of day stuff done while they cook.
Or sometimes I just sit and drink tea. That part is up to you.
Cooking for bub
If you are making these for the whole family including bub you may want to separate part of the mixture before adding salt. You can also prepare them into longer finger shaped nuggets that are slightly easier for little hands to hold and keep them a little less brown on the outside. Makes them easier for toothless mouths to suck to death.
‘They’re that easy’ Chicken Nuggets
Makes 25 nuggets (enough for a family + the freezer)
GF, DF, SF, egg free, nut free
Prep time + tidy up: 15mins
Cook time: 25-30mins
1kg Free Range chicken mince
1 bunch of fresh coriander
1 tbsp cumin powder
salt and pepper to season
Thoroughly clean the coriander, especially the roots, then finely chop it up.
Place chicken mince in a large bowl and add the chopped coriander.
Mix well – I like to use my hands; just gets it done faster.
Sprinkle over the cumin, salt and pepper (or any other spices you want) and mix again.
Wet your hands slightly and start to prepare tablespoon sized portions of the chicken mixture. You may want to keep your hands moist so the chicken doesn’t stick to them too much.
Oven baked option
Preheat oven to approx. 180degrees.
Line a tray with baking paper
Place the nuggets on the tray and flatten slightly.
Bake in the oven for approx. 20 mins, turning half way.
If they have not browned enough for your liking, you can grill them quickly just to brown.
Pan fried option
Heat pan over a medium heat with a tbsp. of coconut or olive oil.
Add nuggets and flatten slightly.
Cook on each side for approx. 6 mins until cooked through and browned.
- Original recipe + 1 tbsp smoked paprika + ½ tsp chilli powder
- Original recipe + zest of ½ a lemon + ½ tbsp crushed garlic
- Replace fresh coriander and cumin with: ½ cup fresh oregano chopped finely or 2 tbsp dried + zest of ½ lemon
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