If you have a kid – chances are they love chicken nuggets. The chances are also high those nuggets are made with ingredients that are not so great for the gut, the nervous system and the immune system.
Have no fear – here’s a great recipe for making your own delicious nuggets that your kids will love. It’s a new kind of GF/CF – Grain Free/Crap Free 🙂
I make up a large batch of the breading/flour and keep it in the fridge so that I don’t have to make the mix every time I decide to make these nuggets. I prefer using chicken thighs over chicken breasts because they have a higher fat content and are juicier after cooking. Typically, I will slice the thighs into strips and fry those pieces, then cut into bite sized pieces. The smaller slices allow for even and fast cooking vs. trying to do an entire thigh or breast.
This recipe works great for pan-frying so you’ll want to use an oil that can withstand high heat. I usually go with ghee, coconut oil or lard. Your oil will be rather “dirty” after this so you might want to plan on making a very large batch and freezing what isn’t eaten so you can heat up as a snack or include in a school lunch for the week.
1-2 eggs (chicken or duck)
1-2 Tablespoons of water
*whisk the egg and water together in a bowl. You can use milk if you are not casein free
1 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
*Remove any spices that you don’t feel you need although the salt and pepper are pretty critical.
You will put the raw chicken in the egg mix to cover it well. Place flour mix on a large plate. Remove a piece of chicken from the egg mix and dredge it through the flour mix making sure the flour completely covers the chicken. Gently place the breaded chicken in your medium-high heat oil/skillet. Times will vary – you will want the chicken to be browned and crispy.
When you take the chicken out of the skillet, place on another plate with a paper towel to help soak away the extra oil. Serve.
Picture is courtesy of Mallory McClelland of Mallory McClelland Energy Healing Practitioner. Don’t you just love the monkey plate?!