Cheese chicken nuggets

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our Cheese Chicken Nuggets, a delightful twist on a classic favorite. These gourmet bites blend the tender juiciness of chicken with the irresistible meltiness of mozzarella and cheddar, all wrapped up in a golden crust seasoned to perfection. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a party appetizer, or a satisfying meal, these nuggets are sure to hit the spot.

What sets these chicken nuggets apart is the addition of fresh dill and a homemade garlic aioli dipping sauce, elevating them from a simple snack to a gourmet treat. The combination of flavors and textures makes each bite a delicious adventure. Easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy, these Cheese Chicken Nuggets are a testament to the joy of cooking and the pleasure of eating well.

Full Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (3 large)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, cornstarch, or gluten-free potato starch
  • 4 ounces mozzarella (1 1/3 cups grated)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons very light olive oil, for frying (or any high-heat cooking oil)

Garlic Aioli Ingredients (optional):

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pressed garlic clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken into 1/3-inch thick pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Tip: If the chicken breasts are partially frozen, it will be easier to chop them.
  2. In the mixing bowl, add the eggs, mayonnaise, flour, shredded mozzarella, dill, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, scoop portions of the chicken mixture into the pan and flatten slightly to form nuggets.
  5. Fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.
  6. Serve hot with garlic aioli or your favorite dipping sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus refrigeration) | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes + refrigeration

Kcal: 310 kcal per serving | Servings: 4 servings

 

Cooking Tips:

  • Uniform Size: To ensure even cooking, try to cut the chicken pieces into uniform sizes. This also helps when forming the nuggets, allowing them to cook evenly and come out perfectly golden.
  • Chill the Mixture: Refrigerating the mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight not only helps the flavors meld together but also makes the mixture easier to handle and shape into nuggets.
  • Proper Frying: Make sure the oil is hot enough before adding the nuggets. A good test is to drop a small piece of the mixture into the oil; if it sizzles immediately, the oil is ready. Fry in batches to avoid overcrowding, which can lower the oil’s temperature and result in soggy nuggets.
  • Drain Excess Oil: After frying, place the nuggets on a wire rack over a sheet pan or paper towels to drain any excess oil. This helps keep them crispy.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Dipping Sauces: Serve these cheesy chicken nuggets with a variety of dipping sauces. The garlic aioli included in the recipe is a great start, but consider offering ketchup, barbecue sauce, or a spicy mustard for variety.
  • Side Dishes: Pair these nuggets with light and refreshing sides such as a crisp green salad, coleslaw, or sweet potato fries for a balanced meal.
  • Wrap or Sandwich: For a hearty lunch option, tuck these nuggets into a wrap or sandwich, adding lettuce, tomato, and your sauce of choice for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving (based on 4 servings per recipe):

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fat: 18 g (Saturated Fat: 5 g)
  • Cholesterol: 165 mg
  • Sodium: 590 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 1 g

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and can vary based on ingredient choices and portion sizes.

Closing Thoughts:

These Cheese Chicken Nuggets are more than just a meal; they’re a delightful experience that brings joy and comfort to your dining table. Perfect for both casual family dinners and festive gatherings, they’re a testament to the versatility and appeal of homemade comfort food. By incorporating simple, wholesome ingredients and a touch of culinary creativity, you can transform ordinary chicken into a dish that’s both nourishing and indulgent. So, gather your ingredients, and let’s bring the warmth and joy of cooking into our homes, one delicious bite at a time. For a delightful twist on your meal plan, consider pairing our Cheese Chicken Nuggets with the rich and zesty flavors of our Creamy Southwest Chicken Alfredo. This combination offers a perfect balance of creamy pasta and crispy chicken, ensuring a gourmet dining experience right at home.