Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Brining makes our nuggets juicy, and they’re coated twice for maximum crunch.

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boneless skinless chicken breasts
cups water
tbsp salt
tbsp worcestershire sauce
cup all purpose flour
cup panko
tsp onion powder
tsp pepper
tsp garlic powder
tsp baking soda
lg egg whites
cups oil
  1. CUT AND BRINE: Cut each chicken breast diagonally into thirds, then cut each third diagonally into ½-inch-thick pieces. Whisk water, tablespoon salt, and Worcestershire in large bowl until salt dissolves. Add chicken pieces and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. COAT CHICKEN: Remove chicken from brine, discard brine, and pat chicken dry with paper towels. Combine flour, bread crumbs, onion powder, remaining salt, pepper, garlic powder, and baking soda in shallow dish. Whisk egg whites in second shallow dish until foamy. Coat half of chicken with egg whites and dredge in flour-crumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining chicken (don’t discard flour-crumb mixture). Let sit 10 minutes.
  3. FRY: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees. Return chicken to flour dish and turn to coat, pressing flour-crumb mixture gently to adhere. Fry half of chicken until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Drain chicken on wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet and place in oven. Return oil to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining chicken. Serve with dipping sauces.
  4. To make ahead: Cool fried nuggets, transfer to zipper-lock bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place nuggets on rimmed baking sheet and bake, flipping once, until heated through, about 15 minutes.
Makes Servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Don’t brine the chicken longer than 30 min or it will be too salty. To crush the panko, place it inside a zipper-lock bag & lightly beat it w/ a rolling pin. This recipe doubles easily & freezes well.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving ()
        Exchanges: Free*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.