One of my childhood favourites was chicken nuggets and chips. As an adult, a Nutritionist and Naturopath, it is pretty disgusting to understand what is actually in them. And that makes me sad. Sometimes you just need those childhood memories to make you feel all warm and fuzzy again.
According to Food Matters (2011), McDonalds chicken nuggets are made with the following ingredients;
Autolysed yeast extract (compound similar to MSG)
Sodium aluminum phosphate
hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ (TBHQ is a petroleum derivitive used for resins, purfumes and varnishes)
Citric acid added to preserve freshness
Dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent - a silcon which is used in sealants, breast implant fillers and some cosmetic products)
I did some of my own investigating, I wanted to see what was in the standard chicken nuggets at the supermarket. I looked at Ingams and Tegal.
Both packets had a lengthy list of ingredients. I was a bit surprised to see that Tegal chicken nuggets only had 35% chicken. The next ingredient being water. Ingams chicken nuggets have 53% and again, next ingredient being water.
Apart from the spices, wheat, salt, sugar, milk solids the rest of the packets appeared to be a list of numbers;
500 - Sodium bicarbonate 330 - Citric acid
541 - Sodium aluminium phosphate 412 - Guar gum
433 - Polysorbate 80 415 - Xanthan gum
321 - Butylated hydroxytoluene 451 - Potassium tripolyphosphate
320 - Butylated hydroxyanisole 452 - Potassium polymetaphosphate
310 - Propyl gallate 450 - Potassium pyrophosphate
551 - Silicon dioxide
627 - Disodium 5’-guanylate
407 - Carrageenan
I'm not sure about you, but I don't have these ingredients in my pantry.
So I'm sorry it's not all good news, but here's a recipe which is 100% chicken. No nasty numbers and very yummy. Also, for kumara chips which are a great side and lower glycemic index (GI) than potato.
For the chicken
1 x chicken breast (cut in to nugget sizes)
1 x egg white
For the kumara chips
1 x large kumara (grated and cut in the chip size)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. chicken salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
- In a bowl add your sliced kumara and all the herbs, spices and oil
- Shake the bowl so all ingredients are mixed thoroughly
- Put kumara in oven tray and cook at 160 degrees Celsius
- Pour some almond meal and Cajun seasoning on a plate and mix together
- Crack egg and keep only egg white in a bowl
- One-by-one dunk the chicken pieces in to the bowl of egg white and then put on plate with almond meal and cajun.
- Coat the chicken completely and put on another plate
- Continue until all cut up chicken is coated
- Add to tray with kumara
- Once brown on outside, flip over and continue cooking till other side is brown and chicken completely cooked.
**You may need to take the kumara chips out earlier than the chicken nuggets to avoid burning.