Friday, February 24, 2012

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I shared this recipe over at HowDoesShe. It's a good one! If you can't have dairy or gluten, no problem. Use coconut flour and coconut milk kefir (in place of yogurt). You will love them!

Start by cutting your chicken. Try to make your pieces close to the same size.

Marinate your chicken in the yogurt mixture. Marinate at least 4 hours and up to 4 days.

When your chicken is done marinating, you can roll the pieces around in flour individually, or use a plastic freezer bag. Fill it with flour and shake until the chicken is coated.

Next, is the frying. The oil is hot enough when it starts to have small bubbles. I tested out a few nuggets to make sure it was hot enough. Adjust your heat as needed. Your oil should NEVER smoke.

Place nuggets on a drying rack to cool. Make sure you put a cookie sheet underneath to catch any dripping oil.

Salt to taste. Serve with you favorite dipping sauce.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

3 pounds Chicken Meat
2 cups Plain Yogurt (add more if needed)
1 Onion, chopped
2-3 Garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp Paprika
1-2 pinches Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 – 2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1/2 tsp Ground pepper
2 cups Coconut Oil or oil of your choice for frying


1. Cut the chicken into nugget-sized pieces.

2. Place chicken in 9x13 dish and mix in the yogurt, chopped onion, garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Put in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 2 days.

2. When done marinating, place chicken in a colander and drain off the excess yogurt and onion/garlic pieces.

3. Add the flour, sea salt, ground pepper, and chicken pieces to a large plastic freezer bag, zip to seal, and shake until the chicken is completely coated.

4. Set your skillet or large saucepan on medium heat and add the 2 cups of oil.

5. The oil is hot enough when it starts to bubble — but not so hot that it’s smoking. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side, until dark golden brown.

6. Using tongs, remove chicken nuggets from the pan and place on a cooling rack, on a plate, or cookie sheet lined with a paper towel.

7. Add sea salt to taste.

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Ruby Jean said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!!! this is so VERY yummy Sounding and Looking... I can't wait to try this one... :)

Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen said...

Hi Shay, I thought I would pop in to say hello and thanks for visiting me over on my blog. I've been here several times your recipes! Tonight I'm staying long enough to leave a comment and browse through your postings :)

What a great idea to marinate your chicken in yogurt. I made Chicken Nuggets this week too but I just dredged mine in egg before coating with coconut flour. I should have my version posted soon.

I've recently started making my own yogurt, and love it, so I'm going to have to give your method a try!

Heather McMullin said...

Featured you today chica!!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Oh so yummy! Please stop over and share this recipe at Mix it up Monday:

i hope to see you soon :)

Simply Tasheena said...

Yummy! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

Mrs. Delightful

Unknown said...

oh what a great recipe! following on linky and gfc and fb - I hope you'll link up recipes with us on Tuesdays - some wonderful mommies in the group- we are working to encourage families to cook and eat together - Kids in the Kitchen welcomes any family friendly recipes!

Unknown said...

These look delicious and awesome! I am going to try them this week.
~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

Unknown said...

This looks great!! I'd like to try a baked version.. Thanks for sharing!

Aadel said...

Just out of curiosity- what kind of oil do you fry in?

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

So much better than the processed stuff.

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy said...

I love making homemade chicken nuggets and my family loves eating them. lol I've never thought of marinating them first. Thanks for the idea.
Thanks for linking up to Making a Home. Hope to see you next week! :)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Yumm!! My little one would love these! So glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! :)

Rachel said...

Looks yummy! My kids would love it! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

Anonymous said...

LOVE this idea! Chicken nuggets without all the junk! Thanks so much for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday! Hope you'll join us again this coming Wednesday with another great recipe.

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures said...

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Chatty Chics said...

Yummy! They look and sound great!