I have a firm rule on here that I never say anything tastes exactly like a particular food from my favorite restaurants. But I do love to try to re-create some of my restaurant/fast food favorites at home. It's a fun pastime for me that started many years ago. After a lot of trial and error, I can usually get flavors very close to my favorite meals, but never exactly the same taste. Take these chicken nuggets for example. I played around with this recipe for a while trying to get them to taste like my favorite nuggets at Chick-Fil-A. I even tried adding pickle juice to the batter because I heard that's what they do at Chick-Fil-A. Note: it didn't add anything to the flavor so I haven't added it since. So here's my disclaimer, these do not taste exactly like those famous nuggets, but they do taste pretty daggone good. They are juicy, tender, and have a nice, slightly sweet exterior. And my family really loves them, so that's all that really matters, isn't it?
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup milk (2% or higher)*
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp. corn starch
2 1/2 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
vegetable or peanut oil
*Cook's Notes: If you can use buttermilk in here - do it. It adds great flavor.
My chicken breasts were on the large side so I only used 2 this time. Cube chicken breasts into bite size pieces (trimming away any excess skin that might be hanging on)
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and egg.
Place cubed chicken into bowl.
If you have time, cover it and let it hang out in the refrigerator for a few hours. This helps to make the chicken a bit more moist and tender. When ready to cook, start preheating oil in your fryer or deep pot to 375F degrees.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine flour, sugar, corn starch, salt & pepper. Give it a good shake to combine ingredients.
Add in cubed chicken, small batches at a time, to the flour mixture. Seal and shake until chicken is coated. In small batches, place chicken into fryer.
And cook until golden brown.
Continue with above steps until all your chicken is cooked. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Printable Recipe Here
Printable Recipe Here
*Served here with my favorite Honey Mustard Sauce*