Not many of us know that these golden bite-sized nuggets of comfort were created way back in the 1950s. You will be surprised to know they were not created in a restaurant by a chef but by Robert Baker, a food science professor!
These tiny pieces of chicken deep-fried after battering became an instant hit. Gradually they became an American snack staple and the popularity of chicken nuggets spread all over the world including India. They are as popular as other dishes like chicken biryani and butter chicken here!
What are the health benefits of chicken nuggets?
Chicken nuggets are not only a super delicious snack but offer some great benefits for our health too. Some of them are:
The chicken in these nuggets provides you protein. This is beneficial for the healthy growth of your bones and muscles, helping you with recovery from injuries, and for keeping your hair, skin, and nails healthy.
The proteins in nuggets help in keeping you satiated. This suppresses the need to overeat and helps in losing weight.
Chicken is also a very rich source of several nutrients. They help in building your immunity, improving muscle activity, preventing anaemia, improving your cognitive functioning, and metabolic issues.
When made fresh at home, chicken nuggets are free of harmful preservatives.
When air-fried or baked, instead of frying, chicken nuggets calories are cut significantly.
When eaten with a side of salad or a low-calorie drink, they become not only a filling meal but also a super-healthy one!
They contain fewer calories and sodium than other snacks like burgers, etc. making them a better substitute for these high-calorie foods.
What are some tips for making the best chicken nuggets every time?
Before we share some of the best chicken nuggets recipes, here are some tips and tricks for you to make the best batch of nuggets every time you try it at home:
If you don’t have bread crumbs at home to coat the chicken, a great alternative is corn flakes. Just blend it into a fine powder and use in place of crumbs. This will make equally yummy chicken nuggets.
Allow the chicken to rest in the batter for at least an hour. This will enhance the flavours.
Always use the freshest chicken nuggets ingredients. Not only should the chicken be fresh, but using freshly ground herbs will give you amazing flavours.
Always use a neutral oil for frying that doesn’t overpower your dish with its fragrance. The best oils to use in your chicken nuggets recipe are canola, corn, or vegetable oils.
Which are some of the best chicken nuggets recipes that you can try at home?
While biting on this amazing snack at a restaurant, we often wonder if we can make chicken nuggets at home.
The answer is YES! You will be surprised at how easy it is to make restaurant-like delicious chicken nuggets at home. Here are some of the easiest chicken nuggets recipes for you to try:
Baked chicken nuggets: This is a recipe for super tasty baked chicken nuggets that are lower in calories perfect for guilt-free snacking.
Combine chicken mince, salt, pepper, and chilli flakes and keep it aside.
In another bowl, pour milk on a bread slice and let it soak.
Once the milk has been soaked, add the bread to the chicken mince and mix well. Shape into nuggets.
In a separate bowl, take bread crumbs and add salt and black pepper. Break an egg into it and mix well.
Dip a nugget into the egg mixture and then roll it into the breadcrumbs.
Place the nuggets on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Serve these healthy homemade chicken nuggets hot with mint sauce
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