Father's Day Gift Guide
Being one month early for a party is good because it gives you time to perfect your entrance. I was getting ready for a pizza party on Saturday, by making one of my favorite finger foods of all time: chicken nuggets. If there's one fast-food item I still get weak-in-the-knees for, it's KFC's chicken nuggets.

But I knew it would be super tacky to bring KFC to a party, so I tried making my own nuggets at home. In addition to making them at home, I got the brilliant idea (from Martha) of using Japanese panko bread crumbs.

Ingredients (for about 30 nuggets)

  • Butter or oil to coat your wire rack

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • Salt and pepper (for taste)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast

1. Prepare a baking pan and fit with wire rack. Wipe some oil or butter on the rack with some paper towels.

2. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes.

3. Make three mixtures in three separate bowls
A) Flour, salt and pepper
B) Egg and a tablespoon of water, whisked
C) Panko, olive oil, cayenne and Parmesan cheese

4. Time for coating and breading. Take each cube and coat in the three mixtures above in alphabetical order. Place the nuggets on the wire rack.

5. Once you've got all of them lined up on your rack, bake them for 20 minutes at 170 degrees C (375 degrees F).

Once I popped these babies in the oven, I got a call from my boyfriend seeming very meek and far away from the receiver. "I am so sorry. The party is March 21, not February 21. They are both Saturdays and I didn't double check the email."

Despite having no audience, my nuggets came out like they were up for an Oscar: juicy and crisp. I accompanied them with some apricot jam mixed with dijon. They would be excellent with plain-old ketchup too.

Well, at least I'll be really prepared for the real party, next month.


  • Hilarious:

    A) That Washi totally screwed up the dates- SO WASHI!!! I mean, something I would do too. Ha.

    B) That the oscars are crisp and juicy. YESSSS.

    Look delish! Don’t get too cocky like me and Yamahomo though, or else there will be a Kitchen Follies smackdown. Consider yourself warned!

    kayoko on

  • Uhm, they look so yummy!!
    What about about a reprise appearence for MY party? :-)

    Anders on

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