Copycat McDonald's Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets. Tender on the inside, golden brown n' crispy on the outside, and full of delicious buffalo hot sauce flavor, these nuggets are beyond delicious!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
2Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts– cubed (about 1 ½ pounds total)
1 ½teaspoonKosher Salt
3TBS - ¼ CupFranks Hot Sauce(SEE NOTES)
Peanut Oil for frying(about 1 ½ - 2 cups)
Buffalo Dipping Sauce:
¼CupFranks Hot Sauce
Serving Options: Blue Cheese Dressing, Carrot Sticks, Celery Sticks
For the Buffalo Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
For the Nugget Mixture:Place cubed chicken in bowl of a food processor. Add in salt, parsley onion powder, pepper, butter and buffalo sauce. Process until it resembles a fine paste.
Roll mixture into balls: Line a large sheet pan with plastic wrap. Roll chicken mixture into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball, roughly 2 tablespoons each. Place formed balls onto prepared sheet pan.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pot over medium heat.
Bread nuggets: place flour and salt onto a large plate and mix to combine. Pour eggs into a small bowl. Roll chicken balls in flour, then egg, and then back in flour again. Use your hands to flatten balls to form chicken nuggets. Transfer breaded nuggets back to prepared sheet pan. Repeat until all nuggets are breaded and formed.
To Cook the Nuggets: Fry the nuggets, in batches, for 4-5 minutes total, until golden brown and cooked through (165 degrees F). Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain and season generously with salt while still warm.
Serve with buffalo dipping sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrots and celery.
For a very mild Buffalo flavored nugget use 3 tablespoons of Buffalo Hot Sauce in mixture. For a more pronounced Buffalo flavor use 1/4 Cup.
Buffalo chicken mixture can be made in advance and balls can be formed in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
For more tender chicken nugget, substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs for breasts!
Yield: roughly 22 NuggetsNutritional information is an approximation based upon 4 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.