Ritzy Chicken Nuggets by Nigella

by Divine Domesticity on June 27th, 2007

Super juicy. Flavorful. Easy.
Please take my word for it and marinate for 2 full days and pan fry them. They are so much better this way rather than baking in the oven.
I actually make huge batches of this at one time and save them in the freezer for a quick dinner later on.

Ritzy Chicken Nuggets by Nigella
Makes several servings

2 (each weighing approximately 8 ounces with the peg bone, less without) chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (if you are frying the nuggets)
1 3/4 cups cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz crackers- I used the Vegetable Herb Ritz crackers)

1. Cut off the chicken peg bone if there is 1, and put the chicken breasts one at a time into a freezer bag so that it lies flat. Bash with a rolling pin until the chicken is quite thin, and then take it out and slice into about 6 to 8 slices.  Repeat with the other chicken breast. This is easiest done with scissors.

2. Put the slices into a freezer bag with the buttermilk and leave in the refrigerator to marinade for up to 2 days. (Highly recommended!)

3. When you are ready to cook them, heat the oil in a large frying pan, or preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

4. Tip the cracker crumbs into a wide shallow bowl, and then shake off the excess buttermilk from the nuggets and dip them in the crumbs. Coat them well before lying gently in the hot oil, and cooking for about 2 minutes or so a side until they are golden brown. Transfer to a kitchen towel on a plate to blot the excess oil.

Alternatively, you can lay the crumb-coated chicken nuggets on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. They can also be frozen once marinated and crumbed. If cooking from frozen, add 5 minutes to the oven cooking time.

Recipe from Nigella at FoodNetwork.com

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