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    Mc Donald's Chicken Mc Nuggets (Copycat)

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    2 hrs 50 mins

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    20 mins

    The Spice Guru's Note:

    My homestyle copycat recipe for McDonald's Chicken McNuggets. PLEASE NOTE: The Nutritional Information listing here is inaccurate -- since only a fraction of flour and salt actually end up in the finished product. So be aware -- the suggested sodium, sugar, carbohydrate and calorie levels are ridiculously exaggerated!

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    Serves: 4



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    1. 1
      THAW chicken breast tenderloins; POUND tenderloins if necessary to 1/3-inch thickness, between sheets of plastic wrap using a flat mallet; CUT chicken into 2-inch x 1 1/4-inch wide various shapes, using kitchen shears; PLACE chicken into prepared BRINE (4 cups cold water, 2 teaspoons fine sea salt); SOAK chicken pieces in brine for 2 hours; BLOT dry.
    2. 2
      MEASURE the BREADING ingredients into another medium bowl; PLACE breading bowl into working area.
    3. 3
      WHISK the BATTER ingredients together until smooth; PLACE batter bowl into working area (whisk batter often while using to refresh consistency).
    4. 4
      COAT a few chicken pieces at a time in the BATTER mixture until evenly battered.
    5. 5
      DROP a few pieces of chicken at a time into the BREADING mixture using tongs; TURN chicken gently using tongs in the breading until evenly coated; REMOVE breaded chicken with tongs individually and place onto a breading rack (I use a food-industry grade breading rack). NOTE: YOU MAY DOUBLE-BREAD THESE IF YOU PREFER; SIMPLY REPEAT THE BATTERING AND BREADING STEPS (MAKE SURE YOU'VE ADDED ONE EXTRA TEASPOON POWDERED SUGAR FIRST).
    6. 6
      IF FREEZING MCNUGGETS FOR FUTURE FRYING: PLACE rack of breaded chicken loosely wrapped into freezer until frozen; TRANSFER frozen McNuggets to Ziploc bag(s) until needed.
    7. 7
      PREHEAT the DEEP-FRYING fat to immerse chicken completely in a deep heavy pot, or manufacturer's recommended amount of fat in deep-fryer; SLOWLY heat oil in gradual increments oil to 350°F until preheated; ADD chicken carefully using tongs, to elevated frying basket (outside of frying oil) without overcrowding.
    8. 8
      FRY chicken nuggets until golden-crisp and fully cooked (longer for frozen McNuggets, naturally), depending on chicken portion/size until chicken is no longer pink in the center, and juices run clear (DO NOT OVERCOOK!).
    9. 9
      RAISE frying basket when chicken is cooked and allow to drain; PLACE chicken nuggets on absorbent paper NOTE: To keep chicken warm before serving, place chicken on a rack-fitted baking sheet covered with a sheet of foil in preheated 175°F oven.
    10. 10
      SERVE with your favorite dipping sauces and/or other condiments and enjoy!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mc Donald's Chicken Mc Nuggets (Copycat)

    Serving Size: 1 (463 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.5
    Calories from Fat 45
    Total Fat 5.0 g
    Saturated Fat 1.4 g
    Cholesterol 159.0 mg
    Sodium 1457.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 33.2 g

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    Lawry's Seasoned Salt

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