If you’re craving chicken nuggets, I hope you’ll give these fantastic, guilt-free ones a try! It’s my copycat version of Chick-fil-A Nuggets. I made them skinny by baking them in an air fryer. You’ll notice there is one strange ingredient. To get the flavor of Chick-Fil-A’s nuggets, they are first marinated in dill pickle juice. Yup and this makes them very tender and taste so good! Each serving (6 nuggets) has 220 calories, 6 grams of fat and only 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 4 Green WW SmartPoints.
*If you don’t have an air-fryer, I’ve included below instructions to bake these in the oven.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Marinade Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 24 pieces (about 1-inch)
1 cup dill pickle juice
1 egg, beaten
⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon flour
⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons light butter or SmartBalance light, melted
Olive oil spray
1. In a small bowl, add chicken pieces and pickle juice. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Can be marinated for several hours. When ready to use, remove chicken from juice and discard juice. Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels.
2. Preheat air-fryer to 400 degrees.
3. Add beaten egg to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl mix together flour, panko bread crumbs, seasoning salt and pepper. Season chicken with a little salt and pepper. Dip a few chunks of chicken at a time into melted butter, then egg, then crumbs. Working in 2 batches, add each batch to air fryer basket. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then air fry 8-9 minutes until golden, turning over halfway. When turning halfway, spray top of nuggets with more olive oil spray.
4. Instructions to Bake in Oven, if desired-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking pan with olive oil spray. Bake chicken for 10 minutes. Turn over, spray with a little more olive oil spray. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked and golden brown
Serves 4. Each serving, 6 nuggets.
The secret to the yummy flavor of Chick-Fil-A Nuggets is to first marinate the raw chicken in pickle juice before they are cooked. The juice makes a wonderful brining solution because of its sodium content.
Panko bread crumbs are made from crustless white bread that is processed into flakes and then dried. These breadcrumbs have a dryer and flakier consistency than regular breadcrumbs, and as a result, they absorb less oil.
The air fryer I bought is called Nu Wave Brio Air Fryer. It’s a 3-quart size and they do make them larger if desired. I love it! It’s very simple to use. You can buy it on Amazon.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 2-Blue
WW SmartPoints 4-Green
WW Points Plus 5
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
220 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 112mg chol, 29g prot, 12g carbs, 518mg sod, 0g fiber, 0g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
82 calories, 0g sat. fat, 2g protein, 0g sugar