These are the best homemade chicken nuggets I have ever had in my life! I originally found the recipe on Pinterest and loved it. I’ve made them a few times, one time even doing a slight variation for Breakfast Chicken. They are supposed to be a copy cat of Chick-fil-a nuggets. I personally don’t think they taste just like Chick-fil-a, but they are pretty fabulous anyway! Soaking the chicken in the milk and egg for a couple of hours before frying makes them AMAZING!
PS. Don’t be afraid of the powdered sugar in there. It just adds a subtle sweetness to the chicken.
Chicken Nuggets: (recipe from the My Name Is Snickerdoodle Blog)
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
peanut oil (is best) or canola oil (I use vegetable oil and they are still very good. Peanut oil probably would make them taste more like Chick-fil-a .)
In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk. Trim any fat away from chicken. Cube chicken into bite size pieces. Place chicken in milk mixture,and cover. Let it ‘marinate’ for 2-4 hours in the fridge. This will make the chicken very nice and tender. In a gallon size resealable bag combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine. Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. Over medium high heat (more towards the high side) heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°. If you don’t have a fancy gadget like most people, I always test my oil by dropping a few drops of water into it. You want it to sizzle and not pop too much. Adjust your heat if necessary. Using a fork or tongs remove cut chicken from milk mixture and place in the flour mixture. Seal and shake until nuggets are completely coated. Place about a 6-8 nuggets into hot oil and let them cook until golden brown, turning half way through once the edge of your chicken starts to turn white. About 1 minute each side. Always double check to see if any chicken you make is cooked through (it can take up to 4 minutes depending on how hot your oil is). I always just make a tiny cut to see if it’s pink. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Repeat until all nuggets are cooked. Serve with your favorite sauce!
***My mother-in-law got a Fry Daddy mini deep fryer for Christmas and it works great for these chicken nuggets! The oil heats quickly and it has a self-adjusting thermostat to keep it at just the right temp. It’s easy to clean and store which means you don’t have a big ugly deep fryer taking up space on your counter all the time!***