Homemade Chicken “Things”

Call them what you want…nuggets, fingers, crispers. The name doesn’t matter nearly as much as the taste. And these homemade chicken “things” taste fantastic!

p4054571Homemade Chicken “Things”

  • 3 – 4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 c. complete (just add water) pancake mix
  • 3/4 – 1 c. water
  • 2 T. hot sauce
  • 2 t. salt and black pepper
  • Oil for frying

1. Trim chicken breasts and cut into desired size nuggets or fingers.

2. In a large bowl whisk together pancake mix, 3/4 c. water, hot sauce and salt & pepper. Add more water to thin if needed. (Note: You want the mix to be a little thinner than you would for making pancakes, but not very much.)

3. Heat oil in a fryer or in a medium-sized pot. Add chicken pieces to the batter and stir to coat completely.

4. When oil is hot, use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken from the batter to the oil. Depending on the size of chicken pieces, only cook about 5 to 10 pieces at a time.Cook about 3 – 4 minutes per side, until batter is browned and chicken is completely cooked.p4054576Some Tips and Notes:

  • This recipe makes a lot and I did that on purpose. The process takes some effort and time so I would rather invest all that time at once and be rewarded with some extras for the freezer. (We will get 3 meals out of this.)
  • Yes, these do freeze very well. Freeze in a single layer in a freezer bag. To reheat, place frozen chicken nuggets on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, until fully warmed.
  • These chicken nuggets are similar to the “chicken crispers” you can get at Chili’s. They are crispy but not crunchy.
  • I do not have a thermometer that I use in my kitchen. I judge the heat of my oil with the handle of a wooden spoon. When bubbles form around the handle, the oil is hot enough. If the chicken starts browning too quickly, I turn the heat down a little.
  • This is a super versatile item to have on hand in your freezer. They taste great as is or as part of a meal. I have a great recipe for that coming up later this week.

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30 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken “Things”

  1. Those look wonderful! I was going to make chicken and rice for dinner tomorrow, but now I think I’ll try these instead.

  2. looks delicious! thanks for the recipe—hubby and I were just discussing have more fun food choices for the boys for lunch that my hubby can easily prepare—this looks perfect for the freezer!

  3. We made something very similar to this growing up as our family’s secret fish fry recipe. We just used pancake mix and 7-up to deep fry the fish with and it looks exactly like that chicken. Apparently (we got this info from a friend in the food industry) this was what Long John Silver’s used for year’s for their fish! πŸ™‚ I don’t know why I’ve never thought to do it on chicken – I will now! πŸ™‚

    I blogged our fish fry here: http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2008/08/shepherd-fish-fry-how-to.html

  4. oh wow! Those look exactly like the chicken that comes from my favorite chinese restaurant in the Honey Garlic Chicken & Rice dish. Yummmm…with a little honey garic sauce (just honey heated with garlic clove) … printed & will definately be trying this weekend! Thanks!

  5. Yep, we love these. I saw the exact same recipe on Rachael Ray about 3 years ago, and had to try it!

  6. I’m in the process of cooking these for the first time (right now, haha) and had to run to my computer to thank you for an awesome and easy recipe!! They are sooo DELISH! Of course, I’ve been nibbling:) I have to say I was a bit hesitent to make such a large batch but went for it anyway….so glad I did! If anyone was thinking the same thing, DO IT πŸ™‚

  7. I have made these several times and love them. They would be good with Panda Express pre-made sauce over them. We also heat them up in the oven and the last 5 minutes pour a little buffalo sauce over them. Then we have fajitas with it. They are very similar to the Chili’s buffalo chicken fajitas. Thanks again for an awesome recipe!

  8. Made these tonight and they were amazing. Kids said they were the best nuggets ever. I found though that to get a good coating, you need to keep the batter thick like pancake mix, first batch I made a little thinner and they wernt crispy enough.

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