Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chicken Nuggets and Fish Sticks

"Mommy, are chicken nuggets made out of a dinosaur?" asked my daughter. "Not normally," I replied. "Why do you ask?" "We had them for lunch at school," she explained, "and they looked like dinosaurs, but I think they were really chicken."

Here is my version of chicken nuggets and fish sticks.  Warning: Adults, please make enough for yourselves too. Otherwise, you'll end up stealing them from your kids' plates, and that's not cool.

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For chicken nuggets:
1 Lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into nugget-size pieces

For fish sticks: 
1 Lb mahi-mahi fillet, cut across the grain into 1/2 inch thick pieces

For yogurt mix (enough for 1 Lb of chicken or fish):
1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt (not too thick)
1.5 tsp Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt (or 3/4 tsp fine grain sea salt)
1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane zester (optional)
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard (optional)
Black pepper (optional)

For frying:
Panko bread crumbs.

  1. Combine all the "yogurt mix" ingredients together in a bowl.  Add chicken or fish and coat them thoroughly with yogurt mix.  For best flavor and texture, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.
  2. Set up a large skillet with oil over high heat.  Chicken won't stick in any pan.  Fish will be easier to flip in a non-stick pan, but stainless steel works too.  Coat fish or chicken in panko.  Fry on one side until brown (2-3 minutes).  Flip and fry on the other side until brown (1-2 minutes). 
  3. Remove to a plate.  Let rest 7 minutes and serve. 


Sarah said...

Stupid question...refrigerate with the yogurt mix on the chicken/fish or before you add the chicken/fish?

Helen said...

Once you add the chicken or fish to the yogurt mixture, you should put the whole thing in the fridge if you are letting it sit for more than 1 hour. Up to an hour, nothing will happen to it at room temperature. Though if it's 90F outside and you don't have AC, I'd put it in the fridge even if you are only marinating for 1 hour.

Anonymous said...

Delicious! I remembered reading your post... I finally made it yesterday! My son loves them. I am glad I made extra for the parents :)

Nicole said...

Helen, Wow! Just wow! I made these fish sticks for dinner tonight. Mikaeli had a friend over, but I still wanted fish and I was looking for a way to make it a little more appealing to her and her friend - neither girl is a big fan of fish :(. But these fish sticks were the ticket. And I'm pretty sure they ate more than me and Leo. Definitely making these more often! Also, do you think they would turn out yummy still if I tried baking them in the oven instead of frying?

Helen said...

So glad the fish stick were a hit :) I've never tried baking them. I don't think it would work as well since the bread crumbs need the oil to get them to brown nicely.