Gluten Free "KFC" Popcorn Chicken
aka gluten free Chicken Nuggets
No there isn't really gluten free fried chicken at KFC (not that I know of!) but I have this recipe for mock "KFC" chicken seasoning in my family cookbook that my aunt put together one year for our family reunion so here it is, but made into gluten free chicken nuggets. My daughter was very happy to have chicken nuggets once again, the first time in months.
Gluten Free "KFC" Chicken Seasoning Mix
1 Tbsp salt (I like kosher)
1 Cup gluten free all-purpose flour blend (like silvana's or gluten free cooking school or bob's red mill)
1 Tbsp pepper
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 Tbsp mustard powder
1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme
1/2 Tbps basil
1/2 tsp oregano 1/3 Tbsp ginger
(I don't always have every single ingredient, that's fine, just use this as a base)
Take 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut into bite size pieces
In a large frying pan, add about 1/2 inch oil and heat over medium-high.
Mix all ingredients together in medium size bowl.
In another medium size bowl, break two eggs and slightly beat them.
Place chicken pieces into bowl with slightly beaten eggs and toss to coat.
Using a fork, transfer chicken pieces to flour mixture and toss/stir to coat pieces evenly with seasoning.
Space the gluten free chicken nuggets around the frying pan/sauce pan in a single layer and cook till golden crisp on one side, then flip over...about 5-7 minutes total. Adjust your temperature if you notice chicken nuggets are browning too fast or not cooking fast enough. When you think they look done, pick out the largest one and cut open with a knife to make sure it is cooked all the way through (no pink!). Work in batches.
Remove chicken nuggets from heat and place on paper towel lined cooling racks.
Serve with russet potatoes cut up into french fries, coated lightly with oil and baked on parchment paper at 450 til crispy, then sprinkled with kosher salt and paprika.
Ps- These chicken nuggets make great left-overs...hubby loves to eat them cold out of the fridge the next day
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