Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I think I’ve teased you enough with the Facebook post and tweets in the last few weeks about this giveaway that we’re just going to dive right in. Today (well technically in 2 weeks) I get to give one of these shiny beauties to one of you–

A Magimix by Robot-Coupe 16 Cup Food Processor, a $499 value!

It totally feels like Christmas to me right now, I’m so excited!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I’ve had mine for a little over a month now and I’m absolutely, head-over-heels, in love. The first time I put it to work was to grate 4 lbs of cheese. You know how long it took me? 60 seconds. I’m not even joking. In 60 seconds I had time to cut each 2 lb block of cheese in half,  feed half of it through the extra-wide feed tube, dump, and repeat with the rest of the cheese. This baby has tons of power but somehow stays surprisingly quiet. Every time I used my last food processor I was afraid my neighbors were going to send PETA to my house to investigate whether or not I was torturing cats. Not the case with the Magimix; it’s quiet, low-pitched and gets the job done without causing your neighbors worry. Score!

I’m going to talk more about it’s features as we make today’s recipe, homemade chicken nuggets, in an effort to not make this the longest post in the history of Heather Likes Food. My kids love chicken nuggets but I’m not always so keen on buying them pre-made. This isn’t to say I don’t do it sometimes (okay, am I the only adult that thinks those dinosaur shaped nuggets are delish?), but I like to have other options. These nuggets are fairly simple to throw together and they are great because you can cook and then freeze them to reheat later just like their frozen counter-part.

You’ll start with about 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts that have been cut into chunks the size of usual chicken nuggets. The trick to really flavorful, juicy chicken pieces is to let them sit in a brine for about half an hour before breading them. The brine is made with salt, water, and a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.  The brine will be absorbed by the chicken because it naturally has salt water in it and will make the meat “super loaded” with moisture and flavor.

Make the brine, pour over the chicken pieces, and set aside.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

While the chicken is doing it’s thing you’ll have some time to make the breading.  Start by mixing a couple cups of panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs with a tablespoon of olive oil on the stove top. Doing this will give your finished nuggets nice color and added flavor. Stir the breadcrumbs until they start to brown and remove from the stove.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

They should look something like this:

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

The Magimix Food Processor comes with 3 sizes of nesting bowls. If you want to use the smallest bowl, you don’t even have to take the bottom 2 bowls off of the base! They stay stacked as you use it which is a really nice feature. At first I wasn’t so sure how I’d like it– I was afraid that the larger bowls I wasn’t using would get dirty too, but so far that hasn’t been the case.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

To make the chicken coating, I used the smallest of the 3 bowls. Panko bread crumbs are super crunchy and great for this chicken, but the breadcrumb pieces themselves can be pretty large. I gave them a whirl in the food processor with some flour, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt and baking soda to combine the mixture and crush up some of the larger pieces.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Snap the lid into place (see that super huge feed tube? It’s wonderful!)…

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Turn her on for about 30 seconds and you’ll end up with a mixture that looks like this:

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

The basic “S” blade typical of food processors isn’t the only attachment you’ll receive with the Magimix. In fact, I was kind of blown away by how many attachments came with it. The picture below gives you a glimpse at most of the attachments and the handy-dandy flip-top storage case they come in. Not pictured is a citrus press and a blender/puree attachment that makes things super smooth.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Going back to the chicken, you’ll want to drain off the brine and dry each piece really well with paper towels, or in my case, fancy (paper) napkins since I was out.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Give the little chickens a nice bath in an egg tub, also known as 1 egg + 2 tbsp of water.

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Pour your breading mixture into a zip lock bag and place a few pieces of chicken in there at a time to shake and cover with crumbs.

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Line a baking sheet with a cookie rack and place the chicken on top of the rack so that they are not touching. You can cook them directly on the sheet but using the rack lets the air circulate around them so they can be crispy on all sides.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for about 12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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To freeze them for future reheating, cook, cool, and place them in the freezer in a single layer. Once they are frozen, store in an airtight container for up to a month. Reheat at 425 for about 15 minutes.

Crunchy, crispy, flavorful, and a heck of a lot better for you than those you can buy at the store.

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Now, who’s ready to make their own nuggets with their very own Magimix? Enter to win below the recipe!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets & GIVEAWAY!
Serves: About 4 dozen nuggets
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-2" pieces
  • 2 C water
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ C all purpose flour
  • 2½ C panko bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg + 2 tbsp water
  1. Combine water, salt and Worcestershire sauce in a measuring bowl or cup and pour over cut chicken. Let brine for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. In a medium-sized pan, combine bread crumbs and olive oil and stir until combined. Toast over medium heat until crumbs turn golden.
  3. Combine bread crumbs, flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a food processor or blender and process for about 30 seconds or until the bread crumbs are about half of their original size. Pour mixture into a ziplock bag.
  4. Drain chicken from the brine and dry well with paper towels.
  5. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture and then into the breading making sure each piece gets an even coating.
  6. Place the breaded chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet topped with a cookie rack. The cookie rack will help them to stay crisp.
  7. Bake @400 degrees for 12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Recipe adapted from Laura's Sweet Spot

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  1. Tesuque says

    I’d have to try this recipe if I won the food processor. Love that it has a storage case for the accessories.

  2. Anne says

    If I’m the very lucky winner (crossing fingers), the first thing I would make is pesto. I’ve never made my own pesto because I don’t have a food processor or a mortar and pestle. Pesto. Mmmmm.

    This is a fabulous prize. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  3. Nancy says

    This Magic Mix looks fabulous!! I would love to own one, my time in the kitchen would be so much easier. I have to grate carrots, onions, cheese with an old handheld shredder. Hurts the hand sometimes, too. This would be great as I love to cook!! Thank you for such a great prize!!!!

  4. Blessie Nelson says

    I would love to make a delicious hummus with roasted garlic…I am sure it will be smooth and succulent unlike what I try to make at present without a food processor.

  5. Margot C says

    Like you I would probably do some cheese just to see the wonder of it all; but the real thing that I so passionately dream of having a food processor for is bread crumbs. Yes, the humble bread crumb is harder to produce when you are’t equiped with one of these than you might think.

  6. Karen D says

    First, I’d make myself giddy looking at it! Next, I’d slice potatoes and onions for scalloped potatoes, since I’m mandoline ‘challenged’

  7. Rachel T. says

    I would absolutely make these nuggets, and I know for sure I would make some hummus, some ice cream, and lots of other things!

  8. Mandi says

    I’m not sure what specific recipe I’d make first, but the reason I would really like to have this is to help me prep vegetables for canning/freezing! Then we can enjoy the harvest all winter long.

  9. Kenneth Strasberg says

    If I won this, the first thing I would make is raw almond butter. I am doing the Paleo thing and this would be really helpful. Then I would use it again to make homemade almond milk using the almond butter I made. This is a truly great prize.

  10. cathy amerine says

    What a great site and the chicken nuggets. The possibilities are endless with this beautiful sleek machine. I had to ck out the sexy shrine page… You have some great products you use.

  11. Cheryl Inga says

    I’ve never had a food processor, would love to take my cooking to the next level! Great giveaway.

  12. Tamar says

    I would probably make a vegetarian liver in memory of my grandpa whose birthday was yesterday. He would’ve been 90.

  13. Kristin says

    I would definitely want to try out all of the attachments! I would probably make some pie dough, and maybe even give meringues a whirl.

  14. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I would use my new Magimix by Robot-Coupe 16 Cup Food Processor to make crumbs out of Biscoff Cookies so I could make a Biscoff Pie 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Christa says

      I would make these yumm banana oat muffins…I had to use my blender the other day and it was so obnoxious…because my blender suuuucks.

  15. Traci Hetrick says

    This would be awesome to make pico de gallo and baby food! And no, you are not the only one likes the dinosaur chicken nuggets. I was addicted to them through out my entire pregnancy! lol!

  16. Jenna says

    I would make these chicken nuggets, considering I am right now but had to crush everything up manually because I do not have a food processor!

  17. Reesa says

    I would make a super veggie omelette and then a Mexican chicken casserole for supper. I have to feed a family of 10 so I need a big food processor! It would save me hours of prep time.

  18. Heather says

    OMG! What WOULDN’T I make?!? The chicken nuggets looks awesome. The Chinese Chicken Salad looks like it is to die for! These are great affordable meal suggestions that are great for my new “lifestyle”!

  19. K. Cleaver says

    I would make a batch of hummus first. I borrow my mothers once in awhile, especially when I want to make a homemade pie crust.


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