Here is where we see how many of you really love me.
Chicken nuggets are convenient little pieces of boneless fried chicken that can be found everywhere from your local fast food establishment to the freezer section of the grocery store. Many of them contain one ubiquitous ingredient that we have briefly discussed but not in great and glorious detail until today.
Yes my friends THAT is mechanically separated chicken. It goes into your hot dogs… into bologna… into all kinds of yummy things that we scarf down without gagging. Or even thinking.
Certainly someone is going to post and say that it isn’t really…that it is a fake picture… that I am stirring up the proverbial stuff. Well, I do like a good stirring up but in this case, sadly, it is true. Called AMR (Advanced Meat Recovery) this is related to that pink slime we talked about. Ew. Francis Lamm, feature editor at Gilt, checked with David Radford, director of sales and marketing of BFD Corp., which makes advanced meat recovery machines, who confirmed that yes, that is an accurate depiction of what mechanically separated chicken looks like.
Now, it does have to be listed as an ingredient. McDonalds stopped using mechanically separated chicken in 2003, for example, and their nuggets are made with all white chicken. That is not to say that there aren’t other icky things in them but they are free of the paste above…
More than ever before you get what you pay for. Do you really want to pay for…. you know… that stuff? Cheap eating means that while you may be saving money… you are eating cheap food… and why is it cheap?
Chicken nuggets and chicken strips are super easy to make and they are crunchy-perfect and delicious. Best of all – no worries about…you know… ::::::: icky stuff:::::::
Best of all? They can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. The kids will love them.
And no… you know… ew.
You just dip them in seasoned flour, then in egg, back in flour, back in egg, and then? A quick tete a tete with the Panko. Fry, and that’s it.
Perfection. Organic, delicious, healthy, fast food. Hey, and don’t feel bad if you aren’t using the organic stuff… It’s still WAY better than the ones you’d get at the drive through!
- 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast or thighs, cut in chunks or sliced for chicken fingers
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 clove garlic, peeled but left whole
- 1 cup organic flour
- 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 1 tbs smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups Panko bread crumbs
- Mix the chicken chunks, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and garlic clove in a container or ziploc bag.
- Marinate overnight or toss in the freezer to use up to three months later.
- Thaw overnight before using.
- Mix the dry ingredients on a plate.
- Mix the eggs until foamy.
- Put the panko into another plate.
- Dip the chicken into the egg.
- Coat with flour,
- Back into egg.
- Back into flour and then press into Panko.
- Let dry on a cookie sheet while the oil heats to 375F
- Gently drop the chicken into the oil but don’t over load the fryer.
- Fry until golden on both sides, flipping as necessary.
- Drain and serve hot.
© 2011 Marye Audet