Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Chicken Nuggets


Yes, I have made this before but I did not put up a recipe because it was kind of experimental at the time. Since I loved it so much, I had to make it again.

It so happened that I had some buttermilk leftover from making a cake. So this was perfect timing. 

The best part was this time I made Ranch dressing and ooohhh...it was so heavenly eating the nuggets dipped in this tasty tangy dip.


Feeling a little guilty from eating all that oily greasy deliciousness? Make a salad.


And dress it up with some Ranch dressing and you are good to go.


The original recipe calls for a fresh cup of buttermilk to dip the nuggets before coating with another layer of flour. But I had exhausted the whole carton by making Ranch dressing. So the solution was to use back the soaking liquids, which led to no waste.

Double Dipped Buttermilk Chicken Nuggets
Recipe source : Adapted from Platefodder

Ingredients :

For the chicken :
- 700g chicken breasts
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup pickle juice (optional)
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

For flour :
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (or any of your favorite seasoning)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt (taste the Cajun seasoning or any seasoning first to see if you need additional salt)

Method :
1. In a freezer bag (or a container) place chicken breast, buttermilk, pickle juice and seasoning to brine overnight or for a few hours.
2. When ready to cook, take the chicken breasts out of the liquids (do not throw liquids away) and cut into bite size pieces (bring to room temperature before frying).
3. Mix all ingredients for the flour.
4. Get ready two metal racks, one for placing your flour dipped chicken and another for draining after frying.
5. Dip each nugget into the flour to coat and shake off excess flour, Place on rack.
6. Once all done, dip the nugget into the reserved liquids, and dip again into the flour. Place on rack.
7. Once all done, heat oil fry the nuggets in batches until golden brown and crispy.
8. Serve immediately. 

Note : For some illustrations on the steps, please refer here.

53 comments:

  1. No waste is good. Double thumbs up for this. I love to eat chicken breast so this is the perfect recipe so time to get someone at home to cook this for me, hehehe. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hint hint to your spouse and your wish may come true!

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  2. Good leh. I like the homemade chicken nugget. The dipping sauce is good too. Look like KFC one, I'm sure taste better than KFC.

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    1. Long time liao I did not eat the KFC one. Homemade better lah.

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  3. Hi Phong Hong, I'm sure this delicious chicken nugget is all kids favourite! Thanks for sharing :D
    ps. Pls check your email? There is a surprise for you :D

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    1. Hi Ann! Kids definitely will like this. Yes, thank you, I have check my email and I am so delighted!

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  4. No, I'll be far from guilty eating these delicious homemade chicken nuggets. I'm all for no wastage too...but that ranch dressing is made from fresh buttermilk, I hope.....kekeke! ;D

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    1. Of course PH made the ranch dressing from fresh buttermilk. The cheek of you to suggest otherwise. ;p

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    2. Kris : You know me so well, but rest assured this buttermilk was not expired yet wahahahaha!!

      Mun : I have used expired buttermilk before, so hah..hah...Kris meant it in jest :D

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    3. Comments like that (the one above this one) is the very reason why I do not welcome her comments on my blog and since I've turned on comment moderation to bar her comments from my blog (and I've come to know that I'm not the only blog to do that), she has to resort to other avenues to lambaste me...and the only way to do this is through other people's blogs! This will be my one and only reaction here (though I can't say the same for her).

      P/S: I sincerely apologise to PH as it was disrespectful to do this on your blog but I was left with no choice as she continues to write unrelated comments to hit out at my comments (like she did previously on another blog I follow). I can almost guarantee this will solicit another comment from her but out of respect for PH, I will not be drawn into another "war of words" with her on someone else's blog. And PH, if you feel this should not be published, it is your right to delete it or send it to spam.

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    4. If you don't understand the emoticon ;p then I have nothing to say. I don't know of the someone else's blog you are referring to. As you say in jest to PH I say in jest to you but PH can accept your jest while you can't. I don't see the difference between your jest and mine. I trust PH will not delete this as I have a right to defend myself against your libel.

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    1. I just used plain flour and then added seasoning to it.

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  6. This is the perfect healthy diet that can make me loose weight by just eating nuggets with salad & heavenly ranch sauce! Can I order some from you?

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    1. TM, I admire your persistence. hah...hah...hah...

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  7. wah macam sedapp ni PH
    anak2 kalau macam ni mmg suka bangat ni
    mesti cepat larisss
    nk tiru lah

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    1. Kak Noor, budak2 mesti layan nugget ayam. Kalau Kak Noor buat , kena buat ekstra. Kalau tidak, mereka berebut kang hah..hah...

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  8. Combination nugget ayam dengan salad tu mmg terbaiklah PH. Kalau hari hari mcm ni, tak makan nasi pun i sanggup tau...

    Tak pernah guna Cajun. Tapi selalu dengar chef chef hebat cakap termasuklah u PH hihi.... Apakah itu Cajun PH?

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    1. PH pun boleh tahan tak makan nasi, Hainom. Konon2 nak low carb gitu tapi tak kurus pun hah..hah...

      Cajun tu ialah satu masyarakat yang menginap di Lousiana. Dia orang suka makanan pedas dan berempah. So Cajun seasoning tu ialah rempah ratus dia orang lah.

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  9. Looks good doing own nuggets instead of buying those processed ones sold outside. Used to buy those packet ones when my kids were very young.. homecooked ones are always healthier... by the way, is buttermilk er.. fresh milk?

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    1. Buttermilk is a western product, mostly. Originally the by product from making cultured butter, it is milk with clattering cultures added... sour and rather thick. You CAN make something similar by mixing regular milk with neutral vinegar (rice or distilled) but it won't give you the same flavor. Unflavored and unsweetened kefirs can be substituted as well... that will give you closer to the right flavor, and tenderorize the nuggests.

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    2. That's clabbering, not clattering

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    3. Claire : This one is very kid friendly. In fact grown ups pun love it :)

      Toby : Hi ya! Thank you for the detailed explanation to Reana Claire!

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  10. Gorgeous! I had some yesterday, nothing like these...some frozen supermarket ones, I guess, nothing to shout about. I guess you use wheat flour? Any possible substitute?

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    1. There is a recipe that uses ground almonds in place of flour. As I understand it, coconut flour can also be used. Can get that from the organic shops.

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  11. Phong Hong this looks heavenly delicious :)

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    1. Thank you! Best eaten when still hot from the fryer.

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  12. I actually use the bringing buttermilk for the coating as well.... but, since soo many people get all weirded about raw chicken, I opted to say fresh milk. As always, they look great!

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    1. Hey Toby! Great to see you here. I'm stalking your blog for stuff I missed earlier :) Those people are paranoid. I mean, we are after all going to fry the nuggets in super hot oil which is going to kill the bacteria anyway.

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  13. Nuggets and salad look so yummy!

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    1. They are great together, one unhealthy and the other healthy, to balance each other out. hah..hah..

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  14. Yeah I love these buttermilk nuggets with Ranch dressing.

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  15. Aah PH, what is cajun, is it halal? That's most important for me la. If i replace it with mushroom soup, ok or not?
    You are so rajinla PH, rajin masak, rajin makan, hihi. You ayam nugget look so good with that salad.

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    1. Mushroom soup wouldn't give you the same thing. If you're trying to keep it halal, try substituting berbere spice.. it will give you an approximate spiciness to the nuggets

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    2. Ticer Azimah : Cajun tu sejenis rempah campuran. Tak nampak chop halal tapi ok kot sebab tak ada product haiwan. Hanya rempah kering aje. Mushroom soup tak boleh pakai hee..hee..

      Toby : I should appoint you as my assistant to help with the comments. hah..hah... Many thanks again :)

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    3. Oo, ok, i'll try to find it, ekk, kat mana nk cari?

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  16. Your chicken nuggets are sinfully delicious. Have you tried coated it in Parmesan cheese and grill it?

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    1. Oh no, I don't like the smell of parmesan cheese >.< I tried to get used to it but no, not for me hee...hee...

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  17. I had to come visit 😀. Suddenly there were tons of hits on the nuggets post.. and most referred from your site.

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  18. Sedapnya PH..
    Tengok nampak rangup ..
    Kena pulak regunya dengan mushroom shoup tu..
    perghhhhhh kena cuba juga ni..

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    1. Bila panas2 ranggup. So kena makan cepat2 lepas goreng. Selamat mencuba, Yati.

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  19. PH, may I know what is pickled juice?

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    1. It is the juice from bottled pickles. I used pickled gherkins, can buy from supermarket. But don't put also OK.

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