Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Ritzy Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Chilli Sauce

There is a junk food addict inside of me I am convinced. While I don't buy this sort of thing at the supermarket or eat at fast food establishments I confess a liking, now and again, to eat this sort of food. There is of course a big difference in making your own. They taste nicer for a start and you are sure what is in them.
This recipe is from Nigella Lawson's Feast and is wickedly delicious.

Please take my word for it and marinade in the buttermilk for 2 full days then pan fry them. They are so much better this way rather than baking in the oven.

Ritzy Chicken Nuggets by Nigella

2 -3chicken breasts
275mls/1/2 pint buttermilk
2-3 Tablespoons oil (if you are frying the nuggets)
150gms/5 oz Ritz cracker crumbs or any salted cheesy snack biscuits or crackers will do

Place the one of the chicken breasts into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until the chicken is quite thin.
Take it out and slice into about 6 to 8 slices.
Repeat with the other chicken breast. This is easiest done with scissors.

Put the slices into a freezer bag with the buttermilk and leave in the refrigerator to marinade for up to 2 days.
When you are ready to cook them, heat the oil in a large frying pan.
Tip the cracker crumbs into a wide shallow bowl, and then shake off the excess buttermilk from the nuggets and dip them in the crumbs. Coat them well before lying gently in the hot oil, and cooking for about 2 minutes or so a side until they are golden brown. Transfer to a kitchen towel on a plate to blot the excess oil.
They can be frozen once marinated and crumbed.
Allow a little more time if cooking from frozen.

The buttermilk really seems to make a difference. These are truly delicious

The chilli sauce? I hear you ask. Oh that's easy. I got it in a bottle ......well it was a junkie sort of meal.


Nickki said...

Yum, that looks delicious. I've had a craving for these chicken nuggets for a while now. I just ordered the ingredients to make them while I was doing my online shop. Sweet chilli sauce sounds so good with them,I'll be trying that. Thanks Granny x

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I've made these before, they are incredible! Sweet Chilli Sauce sounds like the perfect accompaniment :)

Anonymous said...

wow Granny you really are busy - every time I look you've added something new! and it all looks so wonderful.
love arista x

Anonymous said...

They look delightful. I often do bake mine and they're ok, you're right though nothing compares to the fried version. Yum.

George xx

Kelly-Jane said...

They look great, and the chilli sauce would go a treat with them.

Anonymous said...

I must keep these in mind for next time my grand-daughters visit, I don't see them that often so I like to make an impression when they visit!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look delicious! Sweet Chilli Sauce goes extremely well with chicken!



Soozyb said...


Hello! How are you? It's Soozyb from the Nigella site! Can't beleive I've found you on the Tastespotting website.

I do miss Nigella's boards.

The Ritzy nuggets look delicious.

Am on SERIOUS diet at the moment (Lighterlife) but will give them a go when I finish.

Good to 'see' you!

Big love,

Soozy XXX

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

Fantastic Granny. Well done on tastespotting, I only wish I'd seen it on there! Your blog's looking beautiful. xxx

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for dropping by and for your lovely comments. These nuggets really are tasty and so quick and easy. I love the chilli sauce with them too.

Brilynn said...

Those look so good!

Jerry said...

I love this recipe. And your idea for a dipping sauce is great!

Deborah said...

I love to make homemade chicken nuggets - and this recipe sounds better than any I've made!

Kate said...

I love this idea. Sometimes simple is best. As for the sauce, I'm have a confirmed case of condimentia -- I own every kind of condiment known to man, so I've got several varieties of chili sauce to try, and a big bag of boneless chicken breasts in the freezer. I look forward to this!

Maria said...

Granny these look so yummy and your blog is really great ;o)


Maria said...

Granny these look so yummy and your blog is really great ;o)


Elle said...

Ooooh, those look fabulous! I love that cookbook, so very much. I'll bet I could make these with whole grain crackers, too!

Rosie said...

These look so delicious Brenda and what a great photo to tempt - yum :)

Rosie x

EAT! said...

Always looking for a new chicken finger recipe. Can't wait to test this on my kids. They love ritz crackers.

Bridgett said...

Those look fantastic and your picture is gorgeous. It just makes your mouth water. Your site is lovely as well.


Chuck said...

What a stunning photo. Chicken nuggets can look so boring, But, yours with the sweet chili sauce looks very good. Yum!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you Chuck. They are very tasty. The soaking in the buttermilk really does it I think.