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Chicken Nuggets with Dipping Sauces

Chicken Nuggets

With this recipe, you have your choice of five homemade dipping sauces!


Chicken Nuggets

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breast fillets, each cut into 5 or 6 pieces

Pineapple Dipping Sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced or crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup pineapple orange juice
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Honey Mustard Dip

  • 1 part honey
  • 1 part mustard
  • 1 part mayonnaise

Hot Mustard Dip

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Heinz 57 sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Heinz 57 sauce
  • 3 tablespoons prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Raspberry or Blackberry Mustard Sauce

  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries or blackberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Chicken Nuggets: Beat the egg and then combine it with 1 cup water in a small, shallow bowl. Stir.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, onion powder, black pepper and garlic powder in a one gallon size zip-type bag.
  3. Pound each of the breast fillets with a mallet until about 1/4-inch thick. Trim each breast fillet into bite size pieces.
  4. Coat each piece with the flour mixture by shaking in the zip-type bag. Remove and dredge each nugget in the egg mixture, coating well.
  5. Return each nugget to the flour/seasoning mixture. Shake to coat. Put nuggets, bag and all, in the freezer for at least one hour.
  6. Cover and refrigerate remaining egg mixture.
  7. After freezing, repeat the above coating process.
  8. Deep fry the nuggets at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes (or longer depending upon their size) or until browned and crispy (cook only about 9 at a time.) OR, you can use an air fryer per manufacturer's instructions if you don't care to deep fry in oil.
  9. Drain on brown paper bags (NEVER drain fried foods on paper towels unless you want them to be soft and soggy!).
  10. Serve with your favorite sauce.
  11. Pineapple Dipping Sauce: Pour undrained pineapple into the blender until thick puree. Pour this into saucepan and add cornstarch; blend. Add pineapple orange juice and barbecue sauce; blend. Bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce thickens. Serve warm or cool.
  12. Honey-Mustard Dip: Mix all ingredients together well.
  13. Hot Mustard Dip: Mix all, cover and refrigerate to use within 30 days.
  14. Sweet and Sour Sauce: Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  15. Raspberry or Blackberry Mustard Sauce: Mash raspberries or blackberries, mustard and honey together well in a small bowl.

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