Posted June 17, 2013
Ah Chicken Nuggets. The ultimate kid food. Growing up, if my mom really wanted to make sure that dinner went off without a hitch, she would turn to chicken nuggets. My sister and I would be so busy eating that we would finish our dinner without the obligatory fight over who got to watch their favorite TV show afterwards. To this day I still enjoy a plate of chicken nuggets every now and then but my version gets a kick from some sriracha, crunch from panko and forget the fryer, these babies are baked not fried.
I know there are probably some chicken nugget purists out there saying to themselves “but…but…chicken nuggets are supposed to be fried.” But you wanna know a little something, they are actually really good baked too. And with this recipe, you don’t have to worry about a lack of crunch, the panko in this recipe helps give a little crunch to each tender bite of chicken.
Sriracha Chicken Nuggets Recipe
A spicy grown up version of everyone’s favorite kid food.
Serves 2 - 4
- 1/3 cup sriracha
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into large chunks
- 1 egg
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a bowl combine sriracha, rice vinegar and ginger. Stir in chicken pieces and coat completely. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
- In one bowl beat an egg. In another bowl combine panko, kosher salt and garlic powder.
- Remove chicken from marinade, dip into egg and then dredge into bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken on prepared cooling rack. Repeat process until all chicken is coated.
- Once all chicken is breaded, drizzle the olive oil over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes, the bread crumbs will brown slightly.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly. Serve.
I have to confess that I dipped these in ranch, because well, I love chicken nuggets with ranch but an equally good dip would be sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy!