Milk Tenderised Panko Chicken Bites

by Claire Winlow (follow)
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My kids love chicken nuggets, but unfortunately their favourites seem to be the more unhealthy processed ones. I've tried homemade nuggets before but the meat never seemed tender enough.

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I've finally cracked it and these went down a treat last night. 'Can I have more please' is always what a mum wants to hear at dinner time.

The secret is soaking the chicken in milk to tenderise the meat. I also used panko breadcrumbs to make them a little more interesting so my husband and I could enjoy them too and we could eat as a family.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes (marinating 1 hour)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 2 servings

2 chicken breasts
Milk to cover
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp flour
Large handful panko breadcrumbs (you could use regular if you can't get hold of this crisp Japanese version)
Sunflower oil for frying

Pre heat oven to 180c.
Cut the chicken into small nugget sized pieces.

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Cover with milk and leave for an hour.
Set out 3 dishes, one with flour, one with beaten egg and one with the breadcrumbs and then you're ready to start your assembly line.

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Roll the chicken in flour, then dip in egg and finally smother in breadcrumbs. I found it quicker to do a few at a time.

Panko, chicken, nuggets, tenders

Panko, chicken, nuggets, tenders

Pan fry in a little oil until the breadcrumbs are golden.
Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the oven to fully cook through for around 10-15 minutes.

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