Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chicken Nuggets with Dipping Sauce

These will disappear before you know it.

The sauce is great for dipping. Use it with wings too!

I found the original recipe for the nuggets on the Food Network site, and the sauce on the Insane Chicken (a great site with tons of recipes!).

Makes: 8 servings
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 minutes
Printable Recipe


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Dipping sauce (see below)

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. Place chicken in a resealable container and add the egg/buttermilk mixture. Seal, shake and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Combine bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, Italian season and a few pinches of salt and some pepper in a pie pan.

3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.

4. Working in batches, shake excess egg/buttermilk mixture off of the chicken pieces and place into hot oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all of the chicken has been cooked.

5. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.

For the dipping sauce:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) hot sauce

1. Heat the oil in a medium sized pan. Add the garlic and onion and saute until softened. Drain well.

2. Stir in the barbecue sauce, hot sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, and serve.

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