Who knew making dino nuggets would be this simple? Most of the prep time is just leaving it in the freezer to firm. Be sure not to leave it in there too long or it will be difficult to cut into. I used ground dark chicken for the optimal juiciness, feel free to use ground chicken breast or a combination of the two. You are never too old to eat dino nuggets so add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give it a kick. You can fry or cook ’em in an air fryer, I’m a deep fried kind-of-girl, you just can’t beat that crispiness. But the air fryer is just as delicious and a better option when you don’t feel like frying. To add in your kids’ lunchboxes, wrap some in a foil and add into a preheated thermos, it’ll stay fairly warm but you will lose some of its crispiness, my kids don’t mind eating them at room temp. I just line their lunchbox with parchment paper first.
This lunchbox favorite food just got an upgrade. These dino nuggets are sooo juicy and flavorful!
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons milk
2 lbs ground chicken (I used dark meat)
1.5 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon onion powder
1.5 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup milk
1.5 cups breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons each salt, garlic powder, onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
Oil for frying
For the nuggets:
Into a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and the milk. Set aside for 5 minutes to soak.
Into a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, eggs, soaked breadcrumbs and seasoning. Gently mix to combine, be sure to break apart the lumpy breadcrumbs.
Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spread the chicken mixture evenly at about 1/2 inch thick. Much easier to do this with damp hands.
Lay another sheet of parchment paper on top of the chicken mixture and freeze until firm but not frozen, about 75-90 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and gently peel the parchment paper on top. Now we are ready to make the dino cutouts. Give the dino cutter a spray to prevent sticking.
For the breading:
Use 3 separate containers for the flour, egg-milk mixture and breadcrumbs. Combine the seasoning and divide evenly to the flour and breadcrumbs. Mix to combine
Dip each dino nugget into the flour, shake off excess flour then add it to the milk-egg mixture. Let it drip then dip it into the breadcrumbs. Shake off excess and repeat with the remainder nuggets.
Heat about an inch of oil in a skillet until it reaches 350F and fry the nuggets for about 4 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you can cook them in an air-fryer at 375F for 14 minutes, flipping halfway. Be sure to give them a good spray first.