Growing up, my dad did most of the cooking. However, my mom has a few signature recipes up her sleeve that are recipes she should probably take to the grave. Unfortunately, she loves her daughter so much, she’s willing to share with me, full well knowing that I’m going to share it with you 🙂
By far the best thing my mom ever made was her chicken nuggets. My brother, dad, and I request these for special occasions, and she always makes extras so everyone has leftovers. Unfortunately, our families have grown over the years (my brother’s more than mine), so the leftovers seem to disappear faster than ever! Seriously, as adults, my brother and I fight over who got more and he always snags a few from my stash before we leave. Just like the youngest child, I tell my mother on him.
These chicken nuggets are better than any you’ve ever had. I promise. They are made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, not some ground up chicken parts that a certain golden arches might serve you. These are even better than that red bag of chicken tenders you have in your freezer. These are baked with love. The nuggets are breaded in Bisquick and baked to perfection. The outside of the nugget is crisp, buttery and slightly salty, and the insides are moist, juicy, chicken breasts. OMG, these are so good.
After loving these nuggets for close to 30 years now, I figure it’s time I attempt them myself. It’s likely that these aren’t as good as my mother’s, but hopefully it’s a close second. I made a ton, since Nate and I love my mom’s, and we don’t have to share the leftovers with ANYONE (except eachother). Sorry, Matt 😛
My mom likes to use butter on each nugget, but I tried using olive oil cooking spray on half of them to see if it would work and taste just as well, and it did. Nate and I could barely tell the difference, and it gets the nuggets in the oven much faster, therefore into your mouth much faster! Have I mentioned how good these nuggets are? They are even delicious leftover, cold. I don’t know why, but they might be even better leftover. Be sure to make a whole heck of a lot of these little nuggets. They’ll go fast!
Mom’s Chicken Nuggets
Source: Pigzilla’s Mother
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups Bisquick
1 stick butter or olive oil cooking spray
1. Cut chicken into 2-3 inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, add milk and beat in eggs until well combined. Add chicken to milk and egg mixture for at least 10 minutes (you could also let them sit overnight in the refrigerator).
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add Bisquick to a large gallon sized zip top bag. Remove chicken from milk and egg mixture. In small batches, add chicken to Bisquick. Shake until completely covered with Bisquick. Remove covered chicken from bag and place on a foil lined baking sheet, sprayed with olive oil. Repeat with remaining chicken.
3. Place very small bits of butter on top of each piece of chicken or spray with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip. Continue cooking until chicken nuggets are brown and crispy, about 10-15 more minutes.