Introduction: Better Than Chicken Nuggets

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Yeah I know I'm being bold with the title, but I mean what I say. I'll have these beauties over fast food and store bought any day >:)


2 Chicken Breast (Boneless and Skinless)

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 eggs

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

6 Tbsps. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Step 1: The Set Up

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Have 2 Bowls ready. One for the cornstarch and the other one with the flour, salt, black pepper, baking powder, and eggs mixed together and set aside.

Cut the chicken breast into cubes/bite size pieces and pat dry with a paper towel.

Step 2: Dredge, Shake, Dredge

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Coat the chicken pieces in the cornstarch *Do this a few at a time so they don't stick together

Remove excess cornstarch. I find it easier to use a strainer for this.

Dredge all the chicken pieces in the egg mixture

Now lets Cook!!

Step 3: Fry Em Up

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Heat the oil, on medium, in a large frying pan.

Once its heated through, place the chicken pieces One by One and Spaced Out so they don't stick together

Fry one side till golden brown (3-5min) then flip and fry the other side

Serve Warm :)

*Make sure when you are frying, to wear long sleeves. Oil will fly*


Graycon made it! (author)2014-02-08

I made this with Crab Legs instead of the chicken tonight. Also substituted Gluten Free Bisquick for the flour and had to add a little milk because that thickened it up too much. A little lemon and some home made crab salad dressing and it was incredible. I can wait to try it with chicken.

MeloVlog (author)Graycon2014-02-08

Lol Yours sounds like a whole new Amazing Instructable . Its funny but also serious XD

MeloVlog (author)MeloVlog2014-02-08

funny cause its different and serious cause you seriously need to share this with others o__o

Graycon (author)MeloVlog2014-02-09

Maybe I will make a new one, and link it back to yours as the inspiration. We will see.

ArticAkita (author)2015-09-11

a fun little recipe if you stay on top of the frying bit, burnt some on accident but tasted pretty good with ketchup to mask the burnt tang the rest pretty good, but no complaints yet! great chickenstructable! ?

dknight297 (author)2014-04-21

So, why the cornstarch first? What would happen if I don't use it?

BethV (author)dknight2972014-12-28

It helps the batter stick. You could sub it out with flour if you'd rather not use the cornstarch. The batter won't want to stick as well without some kind of dry surface to cling to.

20kdk (author)2014-09-17

Can I deep fry them??

craft-n-genius made it! (author)2014-02-28

Made these tonight, and they are GREAT!!!!!! the first batch got a little burnt... :| but the second ones are perfect. will be my next favorite family dinner.

Thanks so much for sharing!!!

bodom1 (author)2014-02-25

made these last week and they were great, wife decided to try it last night with strips of cube steak and it was AWESOME!!! great recipe, cant wait to tey it with other meats, especially deer and fish

tabdon (author)2014-02-18

Nice to try this "Better than chicken".How about substituting turkey breast meat instead in bite sizes?Have you tried it? Me not yet.

jprinz (author)2014-02-16

Pplayed with extra herbs n spices in the batter and tried it on fish like cod as well. Very yum! Good herbs to consider are sage and thyme or smoked paprika.

Drumah (author)2014-02-02

yum! could you cook them in a deep fryer?

smylin (author)Drumah2014-02-08

We did it in a deep fryer tonight, it was delicious!

Thanks for sharing!

WhiteGA30184 (author)2014-02-07

Made these last night. They were fantastic. Maybe my breasts were large but two chicken breasts seem to go a lot further. Depending on sides would probably feed at least six people!

rolffz (author)2014-02-02


Spokehedz (author)rolffz2014-02-02

Comes for us all. In time, he will visit us all when our time on this plane of existence is done. Our families will weep, our friends will rally to remember the good times...

When you made nuggets, from a recipie you found on the Internet.

rolffz (author)Spokehedz2014-02-02

Well said! My nuggets will not involve another creature's life though. : )he batter looks great! Perhaps for use on something like veggie tempurah(?)

themanwoaname (author)rolffz2014-02-02

this nice comment policy is for the birds. and vegans.

ibwebb (author)themanwoaname2014-02-02

I agree seems that could have been taken care of a bit nicer. I wonder what he thinks about the fact that veggies are alive too and it has been shown that they put off signs feelings as well. Though no brain waves I guess. In other info though; I am thinking this might be good on some fried veggies as well. After all we have to eat and I love me some meat and veggies!

MJFallout (author)ibwebb2014-02-03

Animals have highly developed nervous systems, similar to people's, so they can feel pain, stress and anxiety in the same way people do.
Now some plants are able to signal to their peers certain information about their surroundings. But really this is not at all the same thing.There is absolutely no evidence saying a broccoli feels pain when you harvest it, nor does it feel anxiety every day of it's growth cycle because of the farmer's treatment of it.

ibwebb (author)MJFallout2014-02-04

Well, I have relatives that are farmers that will argue reasons why certain animals do not feel pain as well. I also have a friend's friend that is a Paster (at a large church) that says God won't let them feel pain when being slaughtered for food because God said that we can eat them. No one can prove them wrong either. Doesn't make them right, but never met an animal that could tell me they were wrong. BTW:
"DALLAS--Research scientists at Baylor Medical Center have proven that plants, including vegetables, feel pain when subjected to trauma such as being yanked out of the ground, peeled, cooked, and eaten. "Veggies and plants initiate a massive hormone and chemical barrage internally when they suffer any kind of injury," says professor Barry Lindzer. "This response is akin to the nerve response and endorphin release when an animal is injured. We cannot ignore the similarities."
There ARE several researchers out there claiming that they CAN and DO feel pain and they can prove it. Doesn't mean they are right, but they might be. I don't know everything. Honestly, I don't know if I know anything.. ask my fiancee. Yet, No one on here knows everything or they would be posting Instructables on curing cancer and the like.
All I am saying is that the person (rolffz) could have been more kind in his delivery of his beliefs. He wouldn't want us all going on his things and calling him out for something against our beliefs.

rolffz (author)ibwebb2014-02-05

Hey y'all I'll just first say that I am sorry if I came off negatively to some of you. I apologize.

We are all entitled to believe and live the way we choose and I am very grateful for that as I am sure everyone here is too.

I promise to post more positive and accepting info and some really great recipes and ideas, since I believe I have some great contributions here. I only ask that I receive the same respect regardless if I am vegan, vegetarian or whatever any of us choose to be in our lives.

peace/love to all of you!

CatalinRO (author)rolffz2014-02-06

Someone told me once: "do you imagine that if the carrot will have legs, it won't run?" :)

ibwebb (author)rolffz2014-02-05


I want to be the first to apologize to you. I started of in more of a joking/teasing matter and it seems that perhaps I have come off as a jerk as I have tried to just state an opinion. I hope to catch your recipes and look forward to trying them. I have several vegan friends (and my oldest daughter too) and they have introduced me to many fabulous foods that I might not have tried otherwise. I wish I could just go back and laugh to myself and not have said anything at this point. Sorry if anyone was offended or anyone took me more serious than I had meant to be. I really believe your comments were meant in the same jesting mood and if not then I don't want to know. Happy thoughts and open thinking to all.

ibwebb (author)ibwebb2014-02-05

err.. by "...want to be the first..." I mean I want to apologize. Not that anyone else needs to apologize. Duh me! lol

mcmonte (author)rolffz2014-02-02

Quorn do nice nuggets -- Mycoprotein (fungii).

Spokehedz (author)rolffz2014-02-02

I bet it would be wonderful on that.

onemoroni1 (author)2014-02-04

I just did this for dinner and they are really good. I would offer a little tip. I should have not coated the first batch so thick, but controlled the thickness of the coating as I was a little thin on the last few pieces. Enjoyed them with honey mustard and BBQ dip.

tippy24 (author)2014-02-04

These will be even better if they soak overnight in buttermilk with salt and pepper.

Fort Lee Babe (author)2014-02-03

Like the receipt -- my grands will enjoy them. Thanks.

wondered why you are frying in a 'no stick' carcinogenic frying pan?

Glass, Stainless or Cast Iron --- keep this wonderful recipe (with organic chicken & cornstarch).

stankoman (author)2014-02-03

Why do you prepare your own food with rubber gloves??

bhauptman (author)stankoman2014-02-03

Cleanup of your own hands is much easier, less likely to get oil splatter burns when placing items into the pan and less aggressive washing of hands after preparing food is needed. I use gloves when I'm cooking and preparing food. Great when you are cutting up citris and smelly stuff (i.e. onions)

kaoticsnow (author)stankoman2014-02-03

Not a bad Idea, raw chicken can contain salmonella. cooking will kill the bacteria but gloves keep it contained before you cook it.

MeloVlog (author)stankoman2014-02-03

I have sensitive skin that when washing my hands frequently, it causes problems. Its minor but it bugs the heck outta me. So most times, I go though a lot of gloves when cooking.

tlebsack (author)MeloVlog2014-02-03

Me, too. I started wearing gloves several years ago and use at least a pair every day. I don't do it for the food, I do it for my hands.

zowi420 (author)2014-02-02

I will test this on my family soon, thank you!

kvcummins (author)zowi4202014-02-03

"Long Pig Nuggets"? ;)

Next time we do something like this, I will definitely remember this recipie!

SoyGreen (author)2014-02-03

If you are making "oil fly" when you are cooking these up - your oil may be too hot.

I pan fry fairly often and don't have splattering problems. They should bubble and sizzle - but not splatter.

itaysp made it! (author)2014-02-03

Made these today, it was very good!

bogie7129 (author)2014-02-03

I'm glad to find this recipe because I swore off any kind of chicken dish from fast food places or grocery stores since most of the chicken available on the market now is processed in China. My granddaughter will love these, too. Thanks for posting this. I can hardly wait to make them.

Remag1234 (author)2014-02-02

You're not being bold. If people knew how chicken nuggets were made they would not buy them.

ibwebb (author)Remag12342014-02-02

I think that is why it is labeled BETTER than Chicken Nuggets! lol

Ale Cylon (author)2014-02-02

I am gonna make this right now!

rsarrailh (author)2014-02-02

And now i'm hungry.

BayRatt (author)2014-02-02

Okay, now I'm hungry! :-D That looks so easy! Good job. Just one itty bitty comment - would you please correct "drench" to "dredge" in your text?

MeloVlog (author)BayRatt2014-02-02

:) Thank You and Okay

maxman (author)2014-02-02

I am always looking for the perfect coating for fried foods. This sounds like it could be good. Thanks for sharing. Ignore those who would not eat a chicken. Heck, the bird is going to die eventually. Might as well eat it.

GrumpyOldGoat (author)2014-02-02


The only error I noticed was not using a cast iron skillet.

The heat is less likely to drop when adding the chicken making the whole frying portion go a lot quicker.

I did just set out some breasts to fry.

Thanks for a great 'ible.

abender1 (author)GrumpyOldGoat2014-02-02

If I tried to use a cast iron skillet my wrist and fingers would be in agony for at least a day so I think I'll stick with something lighter.

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