Chicken nuggets were always my favorite thing to get at the golden arches when I was younger. My grandparents would always take me to Mc Donald’s and I just thought that was the best thing ever! My grandpa also told me I would always order the most expensive thing too LOL. I wasn’t doing it on purpose I just knew what I liked. Well I haven’t stepped foot in a Mc Donald’s for at least 5 years, but some things haven’t changed. I still order the most expensive thing on the menu at restaurants; I am just with my husband when I do it now, but back to these chicken nuggets. These little guys took me back to a time when I would see grandma and grandpa for the weekend and they would take me and my sister to Mc Donald’s, a time where I didn’t care what I put in my body, I didn’t care about calories. All I knew was I was eating a tasty meal with my grandparents and even though it wasn’t the best thing for my body I was having an awesome time with my grandparents and creating memories. These chicken nuggets may not be the healthiest thing either, but made with organic chicken breast and fried in my own kitchen I know what is going into it and eating such foods on occasion I believe is good food for the soul. Enjoy.
Adapted by Mary from Cook’s Country
- 1/2 cup yellow mustard
- 1/3 cup honey
- Salt and pepper
- 24 ounces skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup panko crumbs, crushed
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 quart peanut or vegetable oil
- Whisk mustard and honey in a medium bowl until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to use.
- Cut each chicken breast diagonally into thirds, then cut each third diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces. Whisk water, Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon salt in large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken pieces, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Do not brine chicken for longer than 30 minutes or chicken may become too salty.
- Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Combine flour, panko, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and baking soda in shallow dish. Whisk egg whites in second shallow dish until foamy. Coat half of chicken with egg whites and dredge in flour mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining chicken (don’t discard flour mixture). Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet lined with foil (for easy clean up). Add oil to large 5 quart Dutch oven until it measures 3/4 inch deep and heat over medium-high heat to 350 degrees.
- Return chicken pieces to reserved flour mixture and turn to coat, pressing gently to adhere. Fry half of chicken until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Transfer chicken to prepared backing sheet and place in oven. Bring oil back up to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining chicken. Serve with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce.