Stephanie Heitmeier Recipe

Herb Crusted Chicken Nuggets

By Stephanie Heitmeier sheitmeier

Recipe Rating:
 12 Ratings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Pan Fry

Stephanie's Story

My son is the self professed fast food king! But when I showed him an article of what fast food chicken nuggets were made of! well that put the end to that. So I set out trying to find "chicken nuggets" that he would love but without all the junk. This got a thumbs up from the whole family. Hard to do :)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Kids will love these! So easy, yet so delicious. We used a deep fryer, and made our own Texas Pete pickle juice by combining some good ol' Pete with Mt. Olive Pickles.


chicken breast
1 tsp
granulated garlic for marinade
1/2 c
mt olive texas pete pickle juice
1 c
1 1/2 c
bread crumbs
1 Tbsp
dried parsley
1 tsp
granulated garlic for bread crumbs
1 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
1 Tbsp
dried dill
6 Tbsp
32 oz
canola oil

Directions Step-By-Step

Cut your chicken breast into one inch pieces. Marinate chicken pieces in 1/2 cup pickle juice and 1 tsp of granulated garlic for at least two hours.
Set up your dredging station.
Bowl #1 Flour (can season with salt and pepper)
Bowl #2 One egg mixed with 6 Tbs of water
Bowl #3 Breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, granulate garlic, parsley and dill
Preheat Deep non stick pan to 375 degrees ( I use my electric skillet but any large skillet will do).
Drain chicken in a colander. Dip in flour, then egg wash then breadcrumbs. Set aside and repeat with remaining chicken pieces
When oil is heated fry chicken for about 3-4 minutes per side till golden brown. I did this in two batches. Place first batch on paper towel to drain excess oil. Let chicken sit for about 5 minutes before serving....this helps to set the crust.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Oct 1, 2012
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Oct 1, 2012
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    Patsy Fowler hellchell1 - Oct 1, 2012
    Congrats on your blue ribbon
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    Erlene Martin mamalene - Oct 22, 2012
    Stephanie, I'm from Oregon,I have never heard of mt. olive texas pete pickle juice, what can I use in its place? I would like to make these for my grandkids they sound really.Thanks for posting your recipe.
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    Judy Kaye paintedcookie - Oct 22, 2012
    I'm no expert on Mt. Olive Texas Pete pickle juice but I can a lot of pickles. My guess is that you can try what you have and see if you like it. If you have more then one in your pantry try a different one each time you make this recipe and see which one you like the best. But in reality pickle juice is basically vinegar, water, salt, dill and other spices that change the flavor. It's a matter or personal taste.