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Chicken McNuggets

This was an attempt by me to make something different from 2 chicken breasts set aside for dinner.  The out-door grill and porch area were covered with snow.  I was tired of the same old – same old.  Decided to experiment.  So – unlike so many recipes you see – the actual amounts are more in line with the way in which my grandmother cooked – “a pinch of this – a handful of that – about that much and until it looks right.”

Ingredients & equipment:

Two large chicken breasts cut up into one inch squares – more or less.

Two eggs beaten with a bit of oil – I used Canola – but you could probably use Coconut Oil.

Shredded unsweetened Coconut.  About a cup or more laid out on a plate.  Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and what ever seasoning you like.  Spice it up if you prefer.

One large baking tray covered with a sheet of Tin Foil.  Spray or wipe the surface with oil. I do not like washing the tray and prefer to throw away the tin foil.

Assemble:

Dump the chicken pieces in the egg-oil mixture. Stir and coat thoroughly.   Using kitchen tongs, take out one piece – shake off the excess egg mixture and roll it in the coconut mixture then place on the tray.  As you add more pieces – make sure there is room between them.  Once they are all assembled – spray lightly with Canola Oil.  This will help crisp up the outside.

Pre-heat the oven to 375.  Put the tray in.  You should not need to turn the pieces over.  As the outside gets a bit tan – rotate the tray to make sure they are evenly cooked.  I used the Convection-bake setting on my oven – but that is not necessary.

Do Not Over Cook.  The pieces are small and will cook fast – you do not want the chicken dried out.  Commercial nuggets have all sorts of stuff added to the chicken to keep it moist.  Time – well – I just kept watch.  15-20 minutes is an estimate.

Dipping Sauce:

What makes McNuggets taste even better are the dipping sauces.  I did not have mine prepared – so missed out.  Next time – I’ll make up a batch of the Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce – or a mayo and mustard combination.  The choice is yours – use your imagination.

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