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Ground Chicken Nuggets

ground chicken nuggets

I have a strong aversion for any ready made frozen stuff. I am ok to eat them once in a while on vacations, but I try not to buy them when I am at home. So I have been trying to make chicken nuggets at home. We have recently started ordering nuggets  for Ishaan at restaurants and he eats them sometimes and just walks away some other times.

The only thing I have ever prepared with ground chicken was kheema, since it does not look like chicken no one wants to touch it (other than me, who is a big fan). So I decided to make something different this time. I wanted to make something that Ishaan would eat, so burger was out of question. He does not care for them so far, I will introduce it slowly. I tried these nuggets, all of us really enjoyed them. The best part was, since I used ground chicken, the spices got mixed with every bit and they turned very flavorful. Just make sure not to over cook them.

1 lb (approx 0.45kg) ground chicken breasts
1 tea spn thick yogurt
1 tea spn chilli powder
1/2 tea spn garam masala
1 tbl spn finely chopped ginger
1 tbl spn finely chopped garlic
1 tbl spn finely chopped coriander leaves
1 cup bread crumbs

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Add yogurt, chilli powder, garam masala, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and salt to chicken and leave it aside in refrigerator for 30mins-1hr.
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Heat a tava (I used cast iron) and spread some oil.
Make small balls of the chicken mixture, slightly press them on the palm of your hand. Then roll them in bread crumbs. Shallow fry them till chicken is completely cooked through.
Serve hot on their own or with ketchup or a cold raita.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 30mins

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  • sudha borkar July 12, 2013, 7:14 am

    Thanks a ton shilpa for posting this recipe.My son is a big fan of chicken nuggets.Often i used to buy frozen chicken nuggets which requires deep frying and he has put on lot of weight.I have stopped bringing frozen and processed non veg,fresh home made non veg snacks is any time better.Will try this soon.:))

  • Arwa July 12, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Is ground chicken the same as kheema?

    • Shilpa July 13, 2013, 8:38 am

      As far as I know, kheema available in India is ground mutton. But like the below comments mentioned, chicken kheema is available in super markets these days

  • Varsha July 14, 2013, 1:01 am

    Wow shall try it! I love chicken nuggets. But don’t like to fry frozen ones nor eat outside where they use God knows what stuff in them. I shall try this

    BTW you do get chicken kheema in India. At least in Mumbai you certainly do

  • Natasha Rodricks-Naidu July 14, 2013, 11:23 pm

    Great recipe to try. I buy Venky’s nuggets sparingly and its always better made at home.
    By the by, its ‘burger’. You might like to correct that.

  • BongMom July 22, 2013, 12:41 pm

    These are like the meatballs or patties I make with ground chicken. Only I add breadcrumbs to the keema mix, makes it super soft. I also bake them at times or shallow fry.
    Also make kababs with them and in that case add an egg to the mix. Try that and see if Ishaan likes it.

  • Recipes for kids July 30, 2013, 4:16 am

    Really nice and easy version Shilpa! Even I am a bit averse to frozen stuff and shallow frying does a good enough job. You do get chicken keema in India. It is available in most supermarkets.

  • nandini nayak September 6, 2013, 4:33 am

    Shilpa, please tell me how to make chicken mince at home. Nandini

    • Shilpa September 6, 2013, 9:02 am

      Nandini, Some of my friends grind boneless chicken in a good blender/mixer. I have never tried grinding at home though

  • Ciana October 30, 2013, 9:24 am

    Tried this recipe… turned out Good.. everyone liked…
    Just had a question, y do keep the mixture in the refrigerator?

    • Shilpa October 31, 2013, 3:57 pm

      I usually don’t like to keep chicken outside for long time, always worried it may get spoiled.

  • Brinal November 20, 2013, 7:32 am

    Shilpa, do you have any tip on how to wash ground kheema? usually most of the meat drains out of a strainer..:(
    and another question is if the kheema is wet do i need to dry it out first?

    • Shilpa November 20, 2013, 11:06 am

      I usually wash in a big bowl (not strainer) and bend it to remove all water. Just make sure there is not much water in kheema while making nuggets.

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