Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chicken Nugget Sandwiches



Faced with a hungry crew and a packet of boneless skinless chicken breasts last night, I caved into pressure and rustled up some chicken nuggets.  I normally try to do something a little more interesting than nuggets - but I have to tell you that these were scrumptious, especially packed into pitta pockets along with lettuce from the garden, juicy tomatoes, avocado and a drizzle of ranch dressing. 

Chicken Nuggets.

1 packet of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips approx 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
2 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
Black pepper
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs, which give a lovely extra crispy texture (regular dried breadcrumbs are fine if you can't find panko)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large sprig of fresh Rosemary, minced
Olive oil.

Cut your chicken into the required strips.

Crack the eggs and gently whisk, pour onto a large plate

Measure out the flour, salt and pepper and place on a large plate.

Mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and chopped rosemary and place on 3rd large plate.

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Dip the chicken strips into the egg mixture, then the flour mixture, back into the egg and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture.  Place on the baking sheet while you finish preparing the rest of the chicken strips.


Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a non stick frying pan until the oil is really hot. 

Add  a couple of the chicken strips.  Don't overcrowd the pan, cook in batches as the chicken will not brown properly and will steam more than crisp if the pan is overcrowded.

You will need to add more oil for further batches of chicken.


Once the chicken is cooked through and you have a glorious golden, crispy coating remove from the pan and allow to drain on paper towels.

Arrange your stuffing ingredients on a serving plate and warm your pitta breads in the microwave.

Stuff the pittas with the goodies and dig in.

38 comments:

  1. This would be perfectly welcomed in our house. We love anything and everything stuffed into a pita. That chicken looks so crispy and delicious. I'll bet the girls were thrilled.

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  2. My kids would love these...a great meal, without bread! Healthy too!
    Have a great day.
    hugs

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  3. Sandwich looks so good, now I am hungry for chicken and I haven't had breakfast yet!

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  4. I think I'll send Chris to your house for dinner.. he asks for chicken nuggets all the time but I don't cave into the request very often :) The sandwich looks fantastic!

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  5. These sound really yummy and I will serve them with your garlic and rosemary mashed potato. yum yum. Diane

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  6. Those chicken nuggets sound good, especially with the addition of the grated Parmesan cheese and the minced rosemary.
    I've never made nuggets because I'm always avoiding foods that retain fat, but these sound really delicious and I'll give them a go when I get visitors over!

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  7. om look fantastic and delicious Mary!

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  8. These look so tender and delicious. Love the pita pocket style of serving. Good one!

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  9. What a fun way to eat nuggets. I bet my baby nieces would love this.

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  10. Looks soo good.!!! Love the chicken nugget part... crispy. I mostly do it the oven, to avoid the standing there and checking in batches part. :o). But pan seared are always crispier.

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  11. You brought the chicken nugget up a few notches. Now, this is the way to eat chicken nuggets!

    Velva

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  12. My my my... that looks so good, I'd have to have two lol

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  13. These look gorgeous. I've done a Nigella recipe where you marinade the chicken in buttermilk first. So much nicer than the ones you get in the freezer section...

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  14. We both posted sandwiches today...and yours looks absolutely outstanding! Hard to resist filled with those fabulous chicken nuggets!

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  15. Mmmm....Mary this sounds wonderful for big or little kids! I also thought your angelic mashed potatoes sounded, well, heavenly!!

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  16. Kids, and adults alike love this crispy-crunchy delicious chicken strips, especially the way you paired them with the healthy avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce in a pita pocket...yumm!

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  17. perfect! they would be so good for a weekend meal! yummo!

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  18. oh my, this looks so good!! i've tried chicken nuggets inmy wraps too but not with parmesan cheese, this sounds like a delicious idea!

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  19. so perfect!! I love the thought of the avocado too. I will definitely remember this....
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  20. Mary, it's breakfast time and I am wanting one of those fabulously delicious looking sandwiches!! xxoo

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  21. wow your home made chicken nuggets looks fabulous ! the sauce too !

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  22. Sounds like a great quick and easy dinner!

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  23. Mary, this looks like my kind of lunch - a salad, a sandwich all deliciously wrapped up in one package!

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  24. oh my! I love everything about this! I want to make this RIGHT NOW.

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  25. I love chicken nuggets, never really thought of stuffing them in pita bread though, what a great idea!

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  26. I love chicken nugget sandwiches! Your nuggets look like mine when I make them. Glad you found me because I love your blog.

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  27. This does look like a fantastic sandwich! I usually like to make a lot of the strips and then freeze them. However, I did not think of the sandwich thing. This looks healthy as well as delicious-thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. The chicken looks delicious on its own but in the pita it looks fantastic. Great way to have veggie and meat.

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  29. What a great idea! My kids would love these, and I love the veggies it would get them. :)

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  30. I am wishing I had this for dinner tonight. They look fantastic!

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  31. These are not ordinary chicken nuggets, they look amazing. I love how you serve them in a pita. I would love this for dinner.

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  32. What the? More interesting than nuggets? They're the ultimate!!! This sammich looks brilliant.

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  33. I actually love homemade chix nuggets or strips...and I love how you've packed them into a sammie! Sounds fun and delicious :D

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  34. The key is the Panko crumbs--I do love those. Looks like one yummy sandwich.

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  35. I absolutely love this idea Mary! I have never got over my childhood love of chicken nuggets so this is perfect for me, although your chicken nuggets certainly look more grown up and have that edge to them! great post!

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  36. Oh my jeepers, I want one right now.

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  37. I think you just posted what will be my son's favorite meal. I will HAVE to make this for him. :)

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