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Custom Shaped Chicken Nuggets

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Make homemade chicken nuggets in any shape you like!
 
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Step 1: Things You Will Need

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Tools
  1 Meat Grinder
  1 large cutting board
  You favorite cookie cutters (optional)
  (you can also check out how to make your own shaped cutters here and/or here)
  Wax Paper

Ingredients
   Boneless skinless chicken breasts
   (you can use ground chicken instead, if you lack the grinder or the motivation)
  1 cup milk
  1 egg
  1 cup flour
  2 TBSP Corn Meal
  Additional seasoning if desired (For my personal recipe, see step 4)

Step 2: Preping The Meat

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Note : If you are using ground chicken instead of full chicken breasts, skip to part 4 of this step

1. Remove all fat ,gristle, and "imperfections" from the chicken breasts.
2. Cut the cleaned meat into small cubes.
3. Grind the cubes thoroughly with the meat grinder.
4. Season the meat to your liking (This is optional, I usually leave it plain)
5a. (Cookie Cutter Method) Flatten the chicken onto the cutting board until it is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch
                                                  thick, then place in freezer for about an hour or until meat has frozen.
5b  (Hand Shaping Method) Mold chunks of meat into the size and shape of your choice 1/2 to 3/4
                                                   inch thick. Place onto wax paper, then put into freezer until frozen. (if
                                                   you choose to go with the hand Shaping method, you can skip the
                                                   next step entirely.)

Step 3: Cutting The Meat

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1. Remove chicken from freezer.
2. Press cookie cutter into one of the corners of the chicken.
3. Use a butter knife to clean away the meat around the cookie cutter, then use it like a spatula to
     loosen the meat from the cutting board
4. place the meat filled cookie cutter on wax paper, then gently press the meat until it comes free
5. repeat this step until there is only the "excess" meat left.
6. you can either us the excess meat to make hand shaped nuggets, or you can re-flatten, re-freeze,
    and repeat
7. after all the meat is shaped the way you want it, place back in freezer to make sure that all the meat
     is still fully frozen.

Note: once the meat is fully frozen, you can start the next step, or you can place the meat shapes
           is a Ziplock bag for future use.( I like to make a lot at once so i can have them ready
           whenever.)

Step 4: Preping The Breading

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Note: this recipe will bread about 8-10 large nuggets, If you plan on making more, you will need to do
           the math.

1. In  medium container, mix:   1 cup Flour
                                                       2 TBSP Corn meal
                                                      (additional seasonings Optional)
    (My Recipe also includes:)  1 TBSP New Orleans Cajun Seasoning
                                                      1 tsp Garlic powder
                                                      1 tsp pepper
                                                      1/4 tsp salt
                                                      1/4 tsp sugar

2. in a second medium container, mix:   1 cup of milk
                                                                        1 egg

Step 5: Cooking Time!

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1. Bring 2 cups of cooking oil to a medium/high heat in a medium sized cooking pan.
2. Remove Frozen chicken from freezer and place pieces into the flower mixture for a light coat.
    (this helps everything to stick very nicely).
3. Place the meat shapes into the egg mixture until coated thoroughly.
4. Then place the soaked pieces into the flower mixture until all wet areas are covered
5. repeat instructions 3 and 4 again until pieces are double coated, then place into cooking oil.
6. Cook until they are golden brown.
7. Place on paper towel to remove excess grease, Then let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Note: any egg & flower mix that is left over can be mixed together to make a batter that you can save
           for future use.

Step 6: Never Eat Fast Food Nuggets Again!

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I made these from scratch so I know exactly what I'm eating.
If you choose to eat at one of the fast food places, chances are you nuggets are not made entirely out
of chicken. Just Food for thought, ya know.
I would definitely recommend this with a Bean and Cheese Stout!!
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Mechanically separated chicken FTW! Are those your own design metal shape cutters?
crapsoup (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
the cutters where store bought, but i have an idea for an easy way to make homemade ones that i hope to add to this soon. for now i will just have to stick with squirrels and lobsters. P.S. I only know of one definition for "FTW" and somehow i don't think it is the same thing you are trying to tell me, you seem to nice for that. hehe
Oh my, well, I nevah.... "For The Win," my friend. Internet acronym in this case.
crapsoup (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
cool... I'm glad we got that cleared up. hehe
onrust2 years ago
OMG! An actual healthy chicken nugget. That breading looks killer. NICE WORK
crapsoup (author)  onrust2 years ago
I don't know if i would go as far as to say they are healthy, but then again, i do live in Ameriica. So i guess this could be considered health food here.... Just kidding. But I do love the breading, It's really good for fish if you're into seafood.
Jayefuu2 years ago
These are brilliant!
crapsoup (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Thanks a lot Fuu!!
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onrust crapsoup2 years ago
lmao