Originally from New Orleans, LA, Hurricane Katrina blew us up to East Tennessee in 2005.
Simply put, I just love to cook. Expirimenting and creating is the therapy that relaxes me.
Learning from so many other talented bloggers challenges me to cook outside of "my comfort zone". It also challenges my family, especially my children, the Homegirlz. They now know there's more to life than chicken nuggets and French fries.
Hands down, anytime the homegirlz are asked what they want for supper, the answer is going to be, "Can't we have chicken bites or some kind of chicken nugget? You NEVER fix that anymore!". Or if they are eating out, they order chicken strips or nuggets. I always thought my children would mature and acquire a more sophisticated pallette. A girl can dream can't she?
The surprising thing about this crispy, crunchy chicken dish is - I was craving chicken nuggets. Snicker all you want, but damn, these were good!
2 packs of chicken strips were used. The strips were cut into "nugget" size pieces - just a little bit bigger than bite size. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs and 1 cup of buttermilk. Season with salt and cayenne to taste. Add the chicken nuggets to the buttermilk mixture and let them hang out while you're getting everything else ready.
In another bowl, add two cups of Panko Crumbs. Season generously with season salt and paprika. Season with about 1 teaspoon of cayenne.
Heat Canola or vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Shake off as much excess milk/egg mixture as you can and dredge the nuggets through the Panko crumbs. Carefully the nuggets into the heated oil and fry until golden brown. They will fry up pretty quick!
You have to have a dipping sauce! I made homemade Ranch Dressing and then tweaked it a bit by adding about 1 teaspoon of chopped capers (The spoon? It's a baby feeding spoon from days gone by. It was the smallest one I could find to fit inside the caper jar instead of dummping them out and them trying to get them back in.),
cayenne and a little hotsauce!
Of course I served a salad with this and some steamed veggies and then got busy on the Wii Fit ;-)