From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's hard for me to believe, but One Perfect Bite will be entering its 7th year of publication in September. You know how grateful I am for your company and continuing interest in the blog, and I owe you, and a handful of other folks, a more than measured thank you. One of the groups to whom I am especially indebted is a small company called The Foodie Blogroll. FBR is an ad network that gives member bloggers, currently 18,000 of them, increased exposure and the opportunity to earn revenue for the work they do. They are currently conducting an outreach campaign that will expand their membership and entice more advertisers into the FBR fold. If you are looking to grow your own audience, one or more of their initiatives may be of interest to you. If you would like to be featured on the FBR Widget which is viewed over 30 million times a month, details can be found here. You might also want to participate in their Monthly Blogger Appreciation Giveaway and information regarding that can be found here. If you are not yet a member but are interested in joining the network, it's as simple as visiting the Sign Up page which you can find here. I do hope you'll join us.
I had a young visitor today and he and his mother, who does not allow him to eat processed foods, were the inspiration for tonight's post. This is a recipe that will have limited appeal because it doesn't pack much bang for the buck, and the time it takes to prepare the nuggets may seem excessive to some. There is a lot of wait time associated with their assembly and while these are tender and delicious I do understand why many of you would prefer to take a pass. Permission granted, but you must promise to come back tomorrow.
Golden Nuggets...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
1-1/2 pounds skinless and boneless breast of chicken, raw, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 egg white
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon pimenton (sweet smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups flour
3 beaten eggs
2 cups panko or homemade bread crumbs
Oil for frying
1) Place half of chicken in bowl of a food processor. Pulse 5 to 6 times to coarsely chop. Remove from processor. Add remainder of chicken, egg white, salt and pepper to bowl and pulse 20 times, or until a paste is formed. Remove to a large bowl and fold in chopped chicken. Chill until mixture can be shaped. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a tray lined with parchment paper, forming nugget sized pieces.
2) Meanwhile bring about an inch of water to a boil in bottom of a steamer. Transfer nuggets to steamer rack and steam, covered, for about 20 minutes, or until nuggets turn white. Remove rack from steamer and let sit until the nuggets can be handled.
3) Add turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper to flour, whisking to combine. Coat nuggets with flour mixture, then working in assembly line fashion, dip in beaten eggs, then in panko crumbs.
4) Place an inch of vegetable oil in a large high-sided skillet. Heat oil to 360 degrees F, and working in batches, fry until nuggets are golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper toweling. Serve hot with a dipping sauce of your choosing. Yield: 20 to 24 nuggets.
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