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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Makes 30 nuggets


For the Nuggets:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Orrington Farms Chicken Broth powder
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Neutral oil such as canola or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing

To Coat and Fry:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Orrington Farms Chicken Broth powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp finely ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying


  1. For the Nuggets: In a medium mixing bowl, using clean hands, mix chicken and salt until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Transfer chicken to bowl of food processor. Add broth powder, white pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and process, scraping down sides with spatula as needed, until a smooth and uniform paste forms, about 1 minute. Using lightly wet hands, divide chicken into 1 tablespoon portions. Roll portions into balls and gently flatten between palms, forming 1/2-inch thick nugget shapes. Place formed nuggets on lightly greased baking sheet.
  3. To Coat and Fry: In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together flour, cornstarch, broth powder, baking powder, and white pepper, at least 30 seconds. Working 1 piece at a time, coat chicken nuggets in flour mixture, pressing gently to adhere, then shake off excess and return to baking sheet. Let dusted nuggets rest for 15 minutes; reserve flour mixture.
  4. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until it registers 350°F on an instant-read thermometer. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Add 3/4 cup water to flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Add half of nuggets to batter and toss gently until submerged. Working in 2 batches, remove nuggets one at a time from batter, allowing any excess batter to drip back into bowl, and carefully add to hot oil. Cook nuggets, flipping every 30 seconds, until nuggets puff up and begin to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer nuggets to prepared wire rack. Return oil to 350°F and repeat with remaining nuggets. Let second batch of nuggets rest on wire rack for at least 5 minutes before moving to next step to let coating set.
  5. Bring oil to 375°F. Carefully return all nuggets to oil and cook, flipping occasionally, until deep golden brown and very crispy, about 4 minutes. Return nuggets to rack and let stand for 2 minutes.

We got this recipe from Serious Eats. We do not make a sauce for these and have sometimes added flavorings to the chicken nuggets (like curry or lemongrass).

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