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Easy chicken nuggets Recipe

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You can pan-fry or oven-cook these chicken nuggets to make an easy dinner the whole family will love. Serve with homemade chips and your family’s favourite vegetables.

Ingredients
350–400g/12–14oz chicken breast mini fillets or 2 chicken breasts cut into strips
3 tbsp plain flour
1 large free-range egg
80g/2¾oz dried breadcrumbs, ideally panko or coarse dried breadcrumbs, or fresh breadcrumbs (see Recipe Tip below)
4–6 tbsp oil
fine sea salt and ground black pepper

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Method
If you are oven-cooking the chicken, preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. If pan-frying, ignore this step.

Put the flour in a wide, shallow bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Break the egg into a second shallow bowl and beat with a fork until smooth and pale. Tip half of the breadcrumbs into a third shallow bowl.

Coat each chicken strip first in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs, pressing firmly and turning to coat on both sides. Set aside on baking paper.

If oven-cooking the chicken, brush a baking tray with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the chicken pieces on the tray and brush generously but lightly with 3 tablespoons more oil. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

If pan-frying the chicken, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add half the chicken strips and fry over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown, crisp and cooked throughout. Turn with tongs. Drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper and fry the remaining half with 3 more tablespoons of oil.

Recipe Tips
You can use fresh breadcrumbs to coat the chicken but the bread shouldn’t be too fresh. Two-day-old bread works well, or you can toast slices in a preheated oven at 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 for 10–15 minutes, or until dry but not coloured. Cut off the crusts and blend into fairly coarse crumbs in a blender or food processor.

Source: BBC FOODS