Chicken nuggets are one of those things that you can so easily buy at the store already breaded. They are right there in bags in the frozen section and all you need to do is heat them up. Easy peasy, just like that. This begs the question why on earth would you make them yourself? Why take the time to marinate, dredge and batter them? Because, friends, they are at least 432829483532 times better when you make them yourself. Especially when they are marinated in loads of garlic, battered and fried until golden brown and crispy.
If you, like me, are on the never ending quest to find foods that please both kids and adults a like, then you know that chicken nuggets are aways a winner. Plain chicken nuggets with simple seasoning of salt and pepper are always good, but I wanted something a little different this time around so I decided to marinate the chicken in garlic first. The result was a dinner that both my husband and son devoured.
I, however, didn’t eat as much at dinner. Not because I didn’t like them though. No, not at all. In fact I liked them a little too much that I snacked on too many while I was cooking. They were so addicting: crispy, tender and a hint of garlic, I just couldn’t help myself!
And, don’t think I forgot the dip. There is no way I could share a chicken nugget recipe without giving you an idea for the dip too. In my book, the winner is always ranch. Every good chicken nugget needs a creamy ranch dip to dunk it in. This Homemade Creamy Ranch Dip is one of our faves.
DiannaJanuary 31, 2015 at 10:18 pm
Are you using the fresh garlic in the marinade and the powdered garlic in the flour mixture? Doesn’t the fresh garlic burn when frying? Your nuggets are the best looking ones I’ve seen and I would love to try this recipe!
Lauren @ HealthyDelishDecember 10, 2014 at 11:52 am
The breading on these looks perfect!!
Nik SnacksDecember 10, 2014 at 9:59 am
These look like the perfect snack! I love garlic and the creamy ranch looks great too!
Hindy GarfinkelDecember 10, 2014 at 8:17 am
This is such a great family friendly recipe! My kids would love it!
Lynn at Order in the KitchenDecember 10, 2014 at 6:32 am
OMG these look so good! Garlic is like my all time favorite!
AggieDecember 10, 2014 at 2:42 am
I am loving the extra garlic in these!! Yum!!
Michelle De La Cerda-NashDecember 10, 2014 at 12:44 am
Garlic for me, chicken nuggets for my 4 year old. This is that perfect balance between kid food and adult food.