Thursday, September 17, 2015

The "Healthier" Chicken Nugget

While processed nuggets are easier they are filled to the label with preservatives and they don't even have the benefit of veggies. If you want something a little more healthy then these are a great alternative to the packaged and drive through options. Totally worth the extra time and they freeze well too. 

As a side note I am also a dinosaur nugget consumer on occasion. While I might feel guilty because I'd rather be feeding these to my family, I'm not at all ashamed. Sometimes a t-Rex has got to loose a leg to get me to the end of a busy day; there's nothing wrong with that. 



Rotisserie chicken meat
1 egg
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped chives
Garlic salt
1 tsp turmeric optional*
4 mushrooms optional*

Cooking Instructions

Remove all of the meat from the rotisserie and place it into a food processor. (Add the mushrooms as well if you want them) Set the bones aside for homemade chicken broth. Pulse the meat until it has a course consistency. Spoon it into a large mixing bowl and add the egg. Stir together until it's moist and forms easily. Add the chives and season to taste. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour. 

After the hour heat your oil up in a medium sized pan on medium heat. The oil should be deep enough to cover about 1/2 of a nugget or just a little less. Spread out your crumbs on a small plate evenly and place it on the counter closest to you pan to minimize clean up. Taking a measuring tablespoon scoop out some meat mixture, roll it into a ball and then flatten it just a little so that its in the shape of a nugget. Place it on to the crumb plate and cover completely, pressing down gently on areas the bread won't stick to. Place it into the pan, cook until golden brown, flip and cook till that side is golden brown. Because the meat off of the rotisserie was already cooked the nuggets only need to get crisp and warm up, usually only about 3-5 min. 

Serve with anything you want either warm or hot. We like them with salads, applesauce and milk. 

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