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mimi's buttermilk fried chicken thigh nuggets

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jean Goss
Beaumont, TX

You just THOUGHT chicken breasts were the bomb for chicken nuggets! Join the world of chicken thigh cuisine and surprise your family with these amazing chicken thigh nuggets... a crowd-pleaser!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Jean's recipe proves that chicken thighs, not just chicken breasts or tenders, can also be used for homemade nuggets. Once fried, the chicken thigh nuggets are tender thanks to a buttermilk marinade. The coating has just a hint of spice and really coats the chicken. Once fried, these nuggets are crispy. All that's missing is your favorite dipping sauce.

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(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For mimi's buttermilk fried chicken thigh nuggets

  • 4
    chicken thighs, deboned and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3-4 c
    canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c
  • Sriracha sauce
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    each of pepper, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, and paprika

How To Make mimi's buttermilk fried chicken thigh nuggets

  • Chicken thighs and buttermilk in a resealable bag.
    Heat oil in your deep fryer to 350 degrees. Debone and remove excess skin and fat. I try to leave the attached fat/skin for better flavor. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken pieces. Put the prepared chicken into a Ziploc bag and add the buttermilk. Put it into the refrigerator. I do this overnight or just while heating oil in the fryer and preparing flour coating.
  • Dry ingredients in a bowl.
    Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Sriracha added to drained chicken thighs.
    Take the chicken pieces and slightly drain them in a strainer and place them in a bowl. Add a splash of Sriracha sauce to the buttermilk-moistened pieces.
  • Chicken thigh nuggets coated in seasonings.
    Add the marinated chicken pieces to the flour coating. Toss around to completely coat. Gently mash and pinch the flour into the chicken pieces. This is the MOST important step to give you the shaggy crispy nuggets you desire!
  • Frying the chicken thigh nuggets.
    Fry until golden brown, 7-10 minutes.
  • Draining fried chicken thigh nuggets on a wire rack.
    When removing from the fryer, don't waste your time with paper towels. Place a cooling rack over a cookie sheet pan to drain and cool. This gives the crispiest chicken ever! Grab your favorite dipping sauce and dig in.

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