Many people love the spicy chicken nuggets at McDonald's, but they don’t realize that they can make it at home.
With only some ingredients that you can easily buy in the supermarket, you can completely make a delicious chicken nugget without queuing up at McDonald’s.
Let's look at the overview and recipes below as you figure out it is easy to make chicken nuggets at home.
Chicken nuggets first appeared on the McDonald's menu in 1983. It had several quality improvements in many years and became famous for making an impression on many chicken lovers.
Until September 2020, McDonald's started selling Spicy Chicken McNuggets, and it sold out in just a few weeks.
Why do people love this dish so much?
By marinating chicken with paprika, hot sauce, greek yogurt, etc., the meaty sweetness of the chicken becomes more pronounced.
The unique feature of Spicy Chicken McNuggets is its crispy and unique outer shell. Through research, we know that they mix seasoned and panko breadcrumbs with spices. Then, they combine with yogurt marinade coating.
As a result, nuggets have the rich taste of eggs, the sweetness of chicken and yogurt, and the spicy taste of chili and pepper. Moreover, you can use it with your favorite dipping sauce.
With such a unique taste, spicy chicken nuggets deserve a position in the hearts of food lovers. Thus, it brings us to the recipe for creating this dish at home to satisfy the appetite during the Covid epidemic.
Spicy Chicken Nuggets Recipe
You will easily make spicy chicken nuggets if you know the recipe to create them. Let’s check out the information below to get ready for this wonderful dish at home.
Ingredients - Amounts
You should prepare full of the ingredients below to be ready for cooking your perfect spicy chicken nuggets.
- Chicken breasts without bone and skin: 2 pieces
- Greek yogurt: 1/2 cup
- Egg: 1 (large)
- Hot sauce: 1 teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper (need to divide): 1 teaspoon
- Paprika: 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt: 1 teaspoon
- Black pepper: 1 teaspoon (ground)
- Seasoned breadcrumbs: 1 cup
- Panko breadcrumbs: 1/2 cup
- Honey mustard: Not recommend, Optional
- Barbecue sauce: Not recommend, Optional
Step 1: Gather the ingredients.
It is necessary to gather all the ingredients before cooking to make the process convenient.
Step 2: Pounding each cutlet
You will divide each chicken breast into two cutlets, so the total is four cutlets. Then, you will pound each one so that its thickness is ½ inch.
This step is to make it flat for easy cutting in the next step.
Step 3: Cutting each cutlet
You cut each one into pieces with a 2-inch size. It is the recommended size, but you can make the one you wish if you prefer tender chicken.
Step 4: Making mixture for marinating
In this step, you will mix all the ingredients including Greek yogurt, a half of cayenne, paprika, hot sauce, egg, a little salt, and pepper. This mixture is used for marinating your chicken pieces.
Step 5: Marinating
After adding chicken into the yogurt mixture bowl, you need to cover it with Cling Film. Then, place the bowl in the refrigerator. At least 30 minutes is required, but the best time for marinating is overnight.
Step 6: Prepare before cooking
There are some preparations you need before cooking. Firstly, you need to turn on the oven at 400 °F to pre-heat.
Then, you need to combine all the remaining cayenne, pepper, and salt with the other two types of breadcrumbs. After spreading out this dry mixture on the baking sheet, you toast it on the middle rack.
It is necessary to shake the mixture frequently to avoid being overcooked. Until the mixture becomes golden-brown, you can take it out and are ready for the next step.
Step 7: Combine all the ingredients
You take all the chicken pieces out of the wet mixture and put them in the golden-brown mixture on the tray. After that, flip both sides until the breadcrumbs cover all the chicken’s surface.
Don’t forget to lower the temperature of the oven to 375 °F!
Step 8: Set up for baking
Let’s place the chicken pieces on the cooling rack. To avoid the mess of breadcrumbs, you should put a baking tray under the rack.
Step 9: Baking
The baking time is 15 minutes, or you’ll know that your nuggets are ready with a golden brown coat.
If you don't have a cooling rack to grill, you need to flip the chicken sides when they are halfway through. It helps avoid the nuggets getting soggy.
After finishing, you can sprinkle a little cayenne to increase the taste. You also can enjoy the nuggets with the dipping sauces you love, like barbecue sauce or honey mustard, etc.
Spicy Chicken Nugget Tips
Let’s apply these tips below because you will need them to perfect your nugget’s baking process.
How Do I Make The Nuggets By Chicken Thighs?
The first thing you need is a sharp knife. It should be specifically designed for raw poultry handling.
You will need to cut it into rough parts and remove the bones. After processing raw chicken, you just need to follow the recipe and process above to make nuggets.
What Are The Most Suitable Sauces For Spicy Chicken Nuggets?
It is based on your favorite tastes. However, it is advisable to enjoy spicy chicken nuggets with honey mustard, marinara, BBQ sauce, etc.
Can I Make The Spicy Chicken Nuggets Spicier?
Yes, you can. You just need to increase the chili powder or increase the amount of cayenne ¼ teaspoon.
You should sprinkle the powder with hot sauce before covering the chicken with a yogurt mixture. Besides, you can make your dipping sauce spicier as it is a great way.
The combo of spicy chicken nuggets and iced drinks can be a crowd-pleaser of any home party. And the best part is that you can even make fresh ice cubes for your drinks with ice makers at home. Everything is just ready on hand.
Every delicious dish needs an accurate recipe and a great process. Therefore, if you understand the recipe and process mentioned above, you can easily try your best.
Hopefully, after reading this article, you will have great experiences making your homemade spicy chicken nuggets.