Sunday, March 27, 2011

Homemade Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Day 86.

As a meat-disliker, I was a connoisseur of breaded meats as a kid. It disguised the meaty flavor enough that I could eat it without saying "yuck." So, sometimes I miss that bready goodness. I knew I had to make this easy breaded-chicken nugget recipe with my "chicken" substitute.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Adapted from Homemade Chicken "Things"
Makes 2 baskets of chicken nuggets (they freeze well)
2 bags Quorn chicken tenders (or about 8 C of "chicken" substitute)
1 1/2 C complete (just add water) pancake mix
3/4 – 1 C water
2 Tbsp. hot sauce
2 tsp. House seasoning blend (kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper)
Oil for frying

In a large bowl whisk together pancake mix, water, hot sauce and House seasoning. Add more water to thin if needed. (Note: You want the mix to be a little thinner than you would for making pancakes, but not very much.)

Heat oil in a fryer or in a medium-sized pot. Add chicken pieces to the batter and stir to coat completely.

When oil is hot, use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken from the batter to the oil. Depending on the size of chicken pieces, only cook about 5 to 10 pieces at a time.Cook about 3 – 4 minutes per side, until batter is browned and chicken is completely cooked.

The Results
Holy cow these are delicious. They remind me a lot of popcorn chicken. The batter is subtle and delicious, I love the hints of pepper and hot sauce. We got out some blue cheese dressing for dip, but ended up liking the "chicken" better as-is. Fantastic batter recipe!

What are you having for Sunday Brunch, Breakfast or Lunch?

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  1. This is so interesting because as a meat eater trying to be a bit more vegetarian, I am learning so much through your blog. I did not there was something called Quorn chicken tenders. This recipe sounds really good and I am always intrigued by new products like this. Thanks for sharing with Sundays at One Food Club!

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  2. I've been nervous about trying Quorn, because of the fungus aspect. This might -- just might -- change my mind, but I'll bet I'll wimp out and use seitan. :-)

  3. I love what you do with these meat subs. Your dishes inspire.

  4. It has taken me twenty minutes to link to this. It kept telling me it is submitted and then, when I looked, it was not there. I can't even guess at the number of times, I had to do this for it to take. Is there something wrong with the linky or is it me? Groan and Smile.

  5. Angie ~ I'm so glad you're learning something from the blog, that's awesome!

    Serene ~ They're really pretty good. But I like seitan, too, and I bet it'd work great here.

    Bizzy ~ Thanks! I appreciate that so much!

    Chaya ~ I'm not sure, it seems to work OK for everyone else. Maybe it's a conflict with your setup. Sorry!