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McDonald's McNuggets (But Better)

The coveted chicken McNugget is no secret. It's all in the technique and as it turns out, that's pretty easy too! SUPPLIES USED: Meat...

The coveted chicken McNugget is no secret. It's all in the technique and as it turns out, that's pretty easy too!



Rye Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 cup (270g)ketchup

  • 1/4 cup panela(63g)or dark brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp (7g) smoked paprika

  • 1 Tbsp (10g) garlic powder

  • 1.5 tsp (4g) kosher

  • 1 Tbsp (15g) nice dijon mustard

  • 2 Tbsp (25g)Worcestershire

  • 1.5 Tbsp (16g) chinkiang vinegar or black vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp (35g) rye whiskey *optional*

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 Tbsp (35g)white distilled vinegar

  • Splash of shirodashi *optional*


  • 1.5 lb chicken breast

  • .25 lb chicken skin

  • 2 tsp (14g) salt

  • 1tsp (7g) sugar

  • 1/2 tsp (1g) MSG

Thin Batter:

  • 1 240ml cup water

  • 1/4 cup corn starch (45g)

Flour Mixture:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 heaping (22g) tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp (2g) MSG

  • 1 tsp (3g) white pepper fresh ground

  • 1 tsp (2g) celery powder

“Tempura” Batter:

  • 1/2 cup (75g) corn starch

  • 3/4 cup (103g) all purpose

  • 1.25 tsp (4g) baking powder

  • ¼ tsp (1g) baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup (240ml) chilled water


BBQ Sauce Method:

  1. In a pot, combine all ingredients. Whisk to combine.

  2. Place over medium heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Once thickened and cooled place into a separate container.

Chicken Method:

  1. Start by removing and saving the chicken skin then roughly cut the chicken breasts into 1” cubes. Run the chopped chicken and skin through a meat grinder.

  2. Place into a bowl and toss together with salt, sugar, and MSG.

  3. Fill a heavy bottom pot with frying oil 2-3” high.

  4. For the breading process, start by making a thin batter by whisking together water and cornstarch.

  5. Flour dredge consisting of all-purpose flour, kosher salt, MSG, white ground pepper, and celery powder. Whisk together. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish.

  6. Finally for the tempura batter/dredge, combine cornstarch, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk to combine then add chilled water and the whisked eggs. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

  7. Form the ground chicken into mcnugget like shapes. Drop into thin cornstarch mixture followed by tossing in the flour mixture, and then dip into the tempura batter.

  8. Drop into the oil. Let batter covered fingers drop over the nuggets to create crispy flakes. Fry for 5-7 minutes.

  9. Place on a wire rack to cool and repeat with the remaining pieces.

17 Kommentare

28. Sept. 2022

Where do I buy MSG? Uncertain if all MSG products are the same

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Sara Steward
Sara Steward
14. Feb.
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Try your local Asian grocery store or if you have a good supermarket, try the Asian food section. I found a bag of it at a local store called fairways (I’m on Vancouver island) which has a huge Asian section. Mission complete!

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Lacey Nb
Lacey Nb
20. Juli 2022

Niche question, I raise ducks for meat How would I adapt this recipe to use duck meat instead? I have whole ducks and I can use whatever part is best.

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alex bond
alex bond
17. Aug. 2022
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Duck meat is fattier than chicken, so you could just go as is, or add a little filler to the meat, such as 1/8 cup flour and an egg.

Adding a filler will make them a touch blander, and duck with ginger is well known to be good, so maybe add a bit of ginger and a little sugar too?

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Mathilde H. J.
Mathilde H. J.
05. Mai 2022

Any tips on reheating the nuggets after freezing them? And what is the oli temp in Celsius?

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Sebastian Larsen
Sebastian Larsen
30. Apr. 2022

Mine lost their shape and became rounded as they fried. Only difference in method was using potato starch as opposed to corn starch and baking powder in lieu of baking soda. Chicken was store bought ground. Not sure if it had added water and that might have puffed up?

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Eric Coulombe
Eric Coulombe
03. Mai 2023
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Don't expect to change chemical active ingredient and acheive same results.... Why people always change things and the complains it is not same result! Just follow a receipe! that is the point of a receipe!!!!

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With Love
With Love
26. Apr. 2022

Please, anyone, what’s a(n) MSG?

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Jimmie Farrar
Jimmie Farrar
25. Aug. 2023
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You have Google access correct?

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