Homemade Chicken McNuggets

Chicken Mcnuggets – a childhood staple slathered in BBQ, sweet and sour or hot mustard sauce; it’s bouncy, chewy texture, no longer representing the strands of tough, dry chicken meat, a mysterious kind of meat. It never once occurred to me as something you can make at home, this special treat was only to be enjoyed at the fast food joint where more and more press tells you how bad the food is for your health, what kind of chemicals and processed plastics they’re adding to the meat.

Until one day my college friend told me how simple it was to make. Just blend chicken thighs, batter it up and fry it! SERIOUSLY?

I couldn’t wait to try it at home and I’ve never looked back since. It’s so close to the real thing that I guarantee you you won’t miss it. Ever.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Corn starch

Equipment: 

  • Food processor
  • Bowls
  • Spoon or small ice cream scoop
  • Frying pan and spatula

Step 1) Cut chicken into large chunks to fit into food processor. Put in all spices and blend until everything is mixed into a paste. (like second picture)

 

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Step 2) Prepare your batter station in the following order: a) Meat mixture; b) corn starch; c) beaten eggs; d) flour.

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Step 3) Spoon and roll one scoop of meat mixture into a bite size ball, gently dust in the corn starch. Drench into the beaten eggs, then roll in the flour, make sure the entire ball is lightly covered in flour, but don’t press too hard otherwise your batter will be too thick. Place the ball on a plate and gently flatten to form a nugget. Repeat until all mixture is used.

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Step 4) Heat a pan and coat in oil for pan frying, medium heat. Prepare a plate with kitchen towels to place your cooked nuggets and to soak up the extra oil. Once the oil is hot, cook the nuggets on both sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes each side.

Tip: You can choose to deep fry it by putting in more oil. Be careful that the oil can get too hot if constantly being heated, so move the pan away from the heat source or turn on/off the stove when you see fit. The best temperature to fry the chicken is around 350 degrees Farenheit.

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Feel free to cut open one of them to ensure that it’s cooked through, especially when serving young children.

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Serve with a side of salad and dipping sauce (we make our own siracha mayo or wasabi mayo dipping sauce), it’s a fun and delicious meal that your kids are bound to love!

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Avocado Grilled Cheese

You’ve heard of grilled cheese before. But have you ever thought of putting avocados with your grilled cheese??

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I love avocados, so I’m down to put avocados on everything. It’s a great superfood, though a bit high in calories, but if you limit your intake it’s just so good for you! Besides it’s so versatile! You can mash it up to make creamy delicious guacamole, or simply cut it into cubes to put on top of salads or toast. Sandwiching avocados in grilled cheese not only enhances the flavor of the cheese, but creates additional depth, flavor and texture that is guaranteed to bring your grilled cheese to a whole new level.

You really don’t need a whole lot of ingredients to create this fantastic meal:

  • two slices of bread (whole wheat or white is fine)
  • shredded cheese (Gouda works well and melts great)
  • 1 avocado, mashed and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • a small knob of butter

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1) Heat pan on low heat, melt a little butter into it.

2) An additonal step we take is before we assemble the sandwich, we’ll toast the INSIDES of the bread too. That way you’ll get addtional cruch as you bite into it, but it heats the toast up on the inside too so it’ll help melt the cheese!

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3) Once one side of the bread is golden brown, remove and add additional butter to the pan. Once melted, place the UNTOASTED side of one piece of bread down (toasted side should face up). Add a handful of cheese, top with avocados then another layer of cheese.

*hint – we sometimes add a bit of reduced balsamic vinegar on top to cut down the richness of both the cheese and avocados.

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4) Top off with the other slice of toast, but with toasted side facing down now. Flip the sandwich once the bottom is golden brown and add a little extra butter to grill the just flipped slice of bread to toast. Cover and let grill, checking constantly to make sure the toast is not burnt.

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Remove from pan once ready and serve immediately while hot.

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 She cooked!

Baked Avocado & Eggs 焗牛油果雞蛋

Did you know… that avocado has more potassium than bananas? That it’s loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids (same component as Olive Oils!) that keeps your heart healthy? That they’re high in fiber? That it can help you lose weight, as well as lower your Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels?

This breakfast or anytime snack is so easy to make, yet so impressive to look at! The avocado also works as it’s own serving dish, so even less cleaning up to do.

All you need is: Avocados & Eggs (plus salt and pepper to taste, and some aluminum foil would help)

簡單到不行的焗牛油果雞蛋…只需兩種材料, 簡單易做, 營養豐富的早餐 (或小食)!

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Here’s how it’s done – Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out a little bit more of the avocado so a whole egg can fit inside, like this:

做法很簡單:將牛油果切半, 再將中間挖深少少, 足夠將雞蛋倒入去:

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At the same time, make a little foil cup to “rest” the avocado half on top so the egg doesn’t spill everywhere once you drop it in.

將牛油果放上一塊錫紙上, 摺起錫紙邊, 好讓牛油果不要搖來搖去.

I find that it’s easier to break open the egg in small bowl then slide it into the avocado, but feel free to break the egg and drop it directly into the avocado. (Even less washing up to do?)

將一隻雞蛋打入個碗, 輕輕地”滑”入牛油果裡. (你亦可以直接打入牛油果裡)

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Sprinkle a little salt, and into the oven/toaster oven it goes. I baked mine for about 15 minutes at 220 degress celcius, but it depends on how large your avocados are and how you like your eggs. Make sure the whites are all set by wiggling the pan. If its still very runny, you might want to bake it for a few more minutes.

在上面灑小許鹽, 然後放進焗爐或多士爐, 放220攝氏度. 因應不同大小的牛油果及雞蛋, 可能焗的時間會有偏差. 我焗了大概15分鐘, 直至蛋白全部變白為止.

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Here it is!!! So beautifully baked and yummy! Sprinkle with pepper (and tobasco for me!) and you’ve got yourself a simple,     hassle free, healthy breakfast. Enjoy!

上面再灑一點胡椒粉 (我再加了小許辣椒粉), 就這樣! 簡單的焗牛油果雞蛋完成啦!

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She cooked!