I like to pride myself on having a healthy lifestyle but I also pride myself on the fact I don’t live by what I preach 100% of the time. I’ll have the odd night out with the girls and get silly on cosmos and there are days when I love nothing more than getting a take out. When im in the mood I don’t think anything can beat a Maccy D’s but after reading an article in The Huffington post on their chicken nuggets I was turned off completely. I was slightly naïve to the extent of the pure crap that was lurking in my nugget – I was thinking chicken breast, crumbs and a few naughty preservtatives but the list of 32 ingredients absolutely shocked me.
So I thought I would try and recreate them myself. I went online and found a few recipes that promised would recreate the perfect chicken nugget (one website for moms who want healthy kids had an ingredient list as bad as McDonalds…..I stopped reading when it listed MSG. What a looney toone). It seems that a common theme was to blitz the chicken breast in a food processor to get the right texture – more nugget and less goujon so that’s the approach I took.
They turned out so well – Not exactly like a Mcdonalds chicken nugget but just as nice – and I had enough left over to bring to work the next day for a fun and guilt free lunch! Have a go and let me know what you think.
1) Chicken Breast (blitzed and squished up – get your hands involved!!!)
2) Dry ingredients in a bowl: flour (large tablespoon) breadcrumbs (large tablespoon) crushed almonds (just throw it in), desiccated coconut (there are no scales when it comes to coconut – go crazy), onion powder (a bit) garlic powder (a bit) Salt and Pep
3) Wet ingredients in a bowl: Eggs
There is no clean and tidy way to do this. You just have to get stuck in! Chicken, Wet ingredients then Dry ingredients. Then back into the wet and back into the dry. Baking tray. Oven. 180 degrees until golden.
I served up with some wholemeal pasta (the sauce is from Deliciously Ella’s book) and my heart shaped bowls from Oliver Bonas. My housemate Pete loved them (and the fact I also made banana bread……it was one of those days).
I am not a recipe follower or a precision cook. I go with my instinct, I throw things in and I make a massive mess in the kitchen in the process (obviously my love for a clean kitchen means I clean it all up after!). So just have fun with this and throw in what you fancy. Maybe a few chilli flakes or buckwheat flour. The possibilities are endless.
This is the ultimate kids dinner. I loved it………..AND think I’m less likely to die from my nuggets than Maccy D’s.