Simple and delicious, this Chicken Nuggets and French Fries dish is perfect for feeding the whole family. For a tasty meal that can be prepared in under 30 minutes, try these fried chicken nuggets dredged in seasoned flour, doused in buttermilk, and then covered in crispy Panko breadcrumbs.
Rather than ordering through the drive-through, try serving them with salad, coleslaw, corn muffins, or potato wedges in addition to French Fries, honey mustard, and ketchup for dipping.
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Chicken Nuggets And French Fries Ingredients
This is only a summary of what you’ll need to prepare your own Chicken Nuggets and French Fries at home. There is a printable recipe box at the end of the post with all the necessary measurements and detailed instructions.
- Chicken: Cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins into pieces using a sharp knife or kitchen shears.
- Eggs and buttermilk: combine the liquid ingredients to make the batter that will assist the bread crumbs to stick to the meat.
- All-purpose flour, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper: Before being dipped in buttermilk, the chicken nuggets are coated in a basic seasoned flour. The flour gives the chicken flavor, and the buttermilk is able to stick to the meat better because of it. The nuggets will get even crispier thanks to the baking soda, which increases the chicken’s pH, breaks down the protein’s peptide bonds, and kickstarts the browning process.
- Panko breadcrumbs: Japanese-style breadcrumbs are produced from crustless white bread. Panko breadcrumbs, which are lighter and airier, soak up less fat and maintain their crispiness for a longer period of time. Panko breadcrumbs are widely available in modern supermarkets.
- Oil: for deep-frying, I recommend using either peanut or vegetable oil.
- Russet potatoes: The finest potatoes for frying up a batch of handmade French fries to go with your Chicken Nuggets.
How To Make Chicken Nuggets And French Fries?
- Combine the flour, baking soda, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large Ziploc bag or bowl.
- In a small dish, combine eggs and buttermilk with a whisk.
- Place Panko breadcrumbs in a small basin of their own.
- Add the chicken pieces to the seasoned flour in the bag. Seal and throw each piece in the seasoned flour to coat them.
- Coat the chicken pieces in the egg mixture and then the breadcrumbs, working in batches. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes on a wire rack while you heat the oil.
- In a large Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet, heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry chicken in batches until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes total (flipping halfway through). Transfer to a tray lined with paper towels and sprinkle with more salt.
- Keep the chicken nuggets warm in an oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit while you cook the remaining pieces.
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What To Serve With Fried Chicken Nuggets?
Along with those tasty chicken nuggets, try these simple accompaniments:
- Buttermilk Biscuits or Cheese Biscuits
- Shrimp Fajitas
- Cowboy Baked Beans
- Lawry’s Cream Corn
- Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Muffins
- Sokolowskis Chicken Paprikash
- Southern Macaroni Salad
- Fleming’s French Onion Soup
- Skillet Garlic Shrimp
- Southern Collard Greens
How To Store Chicken Nuggets And French Fries Leftovers?
- Serve: Chicken nuggets and french fries should not be left out for more than two hours at room temperature. Don’t take any chances with eating last night’s Chicken Nuggets if you forgot them in the fridge.
- Store: To keep your leftover Chicken Nuggets and French Fries fresh, wrap them in plastic or store them in an airtight container. They may be stored for 3 days in the fridge before they go bad and you need to prepare more.
- Freeze: Chicken nuggets may be frozen in a sealed bag or container. Layering them with parchment paper or wax paper will prevent them from sticking together when frozen. They may be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you want to avoid becoming sick later, let them cool to room temperature before putting them away.
How To Reheat Chicken Nuggets?
Preheat your oven to 180°C/365°F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper, Place the chicken nuggets on a baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they are not touching. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and hot on the inside.
- When flavoring chicken, I like to mix the seasonings into the flour first. Then, while the nuggets are still warm, sprinkle on little more salt to ensure that it sticks to the crisp outside.
- While the oil is heating, let the breaded chicken a few minutes to rest (dry). To ensure the breading stays put while the meat cooks, do this.
- Fry the chicken nuggets in peanut oil or vegetable oil. Peanut oil is my go-to since it’s inexpensive, has a high smoke point, and doesn’t change the flavor of the meat you’re cooking.
- My preferred method for ensuring that the oil is always at the optimal frying temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit is to use a deep-fry thermometer. It’s not a big deal if you don’t have a thermometer. Drop a little amount of water into the pan after the oil is heated (but not smoking) to determine if it is ready for the chicken. Don’t cram too much chicken into the pan at once; a constant cooking temperature is essential (which will bring down the temperature).
- Preserving the oil at a constant 350 degrees Fahrenheit is the key to perfectly crisp chicken nuggets. Chicken that has been fried in oil that is too cold will have a mushy texture.
- Do not use foil to try to keep your fried chicken nuggets warm. The nuggets will become mushy because of the condensation that forms.
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Chicken Nuggets And French Fries Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
- Calories 376.6
- Total Fat 9.2g
- Saturated Fat 1.6g
- Cholesterol 76.8mg
- Sodium 324.6mg
- Potassium 876mg
- Total Carbohydrate 37.1g
- Dietary Fiber 2.6g
- Sugars 0.8g
- Protein 34.9g
- Vitamin A 1.1%
- Vitamin C 31%
- Calcium 4.5%
- Iron 11.6%
Nutrition Facts Source: Source
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 376.6
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 9.2g15%
- Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
- Cholesterol 76.8mg26%
- Sodium 324.6mg14%
- Potassium 876mg26%
- Total Carbohydrate 37.1g13%
- Dietary Fiber 2.6g11%
- Sugars 0.8g
- Protein 34.9g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.