Remember I was rambling on and on about yoghurt few months back? Hehe.. So, I kept a few entries that I forgot to publish regarding how I use the yoghurt.. Here's one recipe that I cooked using that very ingredient, chicken nuggets. It's really quite easy to make.. The picture below is the baked version.. I also fried some in shallow vegetable oil.. Sorry, no picture on the fried version though.. Personally, I prefer the fried ones.. But of course, I suppose the baked ones are a lot healthier.. hehe..
I modified the recipes techniques I posted in this entry. Here's how I cook my Chicken Nuggets..
The marinade & the dip..
1 chicken breast - fillet and cubed
1 cup cup plain yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic - grated finely like garlic paste
1/3 grated parmesan cheese
- Fillet and cut your chicken into small bite sized cubes/pieces.
- Lightly sprinkle some salt.
- Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and garlic in a bowl. Divide the mixture by half. Add in grated parmesan in one bowl/container. Keep that one in the fridge.
- Dunk your chicken pieces into the other half of yogurt mixture (the one without parmesan in it). Let sit in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
When it's time to cook the nuggets, take 3 shallow dishes out. I just used 2 flat plates and a shallow bowl..
In the first plate (Plate A), I put in these ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour /tepung gandum
A dash of paprika
A dash of oregano powder
And in the shallow bowl (Bowl B),
Lastly, in the second plate (Plate C), I put in:
1 cup breadcrumbs - baked for about 5 minutes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
A few dashes of garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 180C. Spread breadcrumbs in a baking dish and bake until golden, around 5 minutes or so.
- Combine all ingredients in plate A, Bowl B, Plate C accordingly.
- The following steps are a bit messy, so you might want to do one step at a time, or one batch at a time.. First, coat the chicken in Plate A, the flavoured flour, then dip in Bowl B, the eggs and lastly transfer to Plate C to coat them evenly in the flavoured breadcrumbs.
- If you want to bake these delicious goodies, just arrange them nicely on a lightly oiled wire rack (set it inside the same baking dish you use to bake the breadcrumbs). Bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked, for about 12 - 15 minutes. Or you could just spread more bread crumbs inside the dish and arrange them nicely to bake. If you want to fry them, you have the option of using small amount of vegetable oil or deep fry them, your choice.
- Serve hot out of the oven with your homemade dip. You may sprinkle with some salt and pepper if you like.
Note: You might want to put a small blob of butter on each nugget for that golden effect. I didn't, hence the pale color. :)
So yeah, not too hard to make, aye? Gotta love simple food like these. The dip/marinade can be made ahead of time. It should hold well in the fridge for about a week. Happy cooking..