The inspiration for this dish, believe it or not, came from eating various chicken dishes at P.F. Chang’s. The chicken in Chang’s Spicy Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken is in the form of perfect, juicy, lightly fried nuggets. So I decided that my grandchildren and my kids would love it if I made homemade chicken nuggets. I have made them about 4 times in the last 2 weeks for picnic lunches and for dinner. I have made dipping sauces for them including a Greek yogurt, chive, dill, and lemon sauce, and a mustard and yogurt sauce. These nuggets are scrumptious!
- 1 to 2 lbs. of organic boneless chicken breasts (not thin sliced) You can find these at Wegmans or at Costco.
- Italian bread crumbs (I like Colonna)
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1-2 eggs mixed with a little water
- light olive oil for frying
Cut chicken up into nice size chunks- about 1 1/2 inches by about the same. The sizes don’t have to be exactly the same.
Crack 1 or 2 eggs into a bowl or baking pan and add a little water, mix with fork. Put cut pieces of chicken in egg mixture and toss to cover well.
Pour enough bread crumbs into a baking pan, add some kosher salt and pepper to taste. Transfer egg coated chicken to pan with bread crumbs and toss well to cover really well.
In large saute pan (about 10 in. in diameter) pour oil about 1/2 inch deep. Heat up till nice and hot- about 350 degrees. Oil will start to shimmer when ready. Drop chicken in carefully. Fry on one side till nicely browned, turn and fry on other side till browned nicely. Check to insure chicken is cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
Greekish Yogurt Sauce
Mix about 1 1/2 cups Fage total fat or 2% fat Greek yogurt with zest of 1 lemon, juice of 1 lemon, fresh or freeze dried chive, and some freeze dried dill, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate till you use.
Or … Mustard and Yogurt-Mayo Sauce (inspired by Ina Garten)
In bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup mayo and 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons Guldens spicy mustard, 2 tablespoons country style grainy mustard. Refrigerate till you use. Next time, I may use all yogurt as a healthier option.