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Chicken Parm Nuggets Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 16-18 pieces
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1.5” x .5” pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup canned or jarred tomato sauce
- Minced parsley for garnish
- In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika. Set aside.
- Cut each chicken tender crosswise in half. Using a paring knife, cut a pocket into each piece lengthwise. Gently insert a finger into the pocket to expand it without tearing it. Push a stick of mozzarella into the pocket until it's completely enclosed with chicken. Repeat until all nuggets are stuffed.
- Season nuggets with more salt and ground black pepper. Dredge each piece in flour and tap off excess, then dip in egg, then dredge in bread crumb mixture.
- In a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pan, heat oil over high heat until almost smoking. Add chicken nuggets, 6 at a time, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Heat tomato sauce in a medium saucepan until simmering.
- Garnish nuggets with parsley and Parmesan. Serve with sauce on the side for dipping.