Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Lavender-Scented Hills of Provence

Get ready because I am about to introduce you to the best chicken nuggets of your LIFE! Step aside, Chick-fil-A - these are freakin' awesome!

I made this recipe up on the fly with a new seasoning mixture that I had been wanting to try out - a new jar of Herbes de Provence - absolutely delicious, extremely aromatic, and a perfect compliment to chicken.

Crispy Proven├žal Chicken Nuggets

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into 1" pieces
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de provence
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour your oil into a large baking dish or 9x13" pan, mixing the oils together. Set aside.

Next, you want to set up three shallow bowls on your counter for a dipping-assembly-line. Set up your chunks of chicken at the beginning of the line. In the first bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. In the second bowl, lightly beat your egg. In the third bowl, mix together your panko bread crumbs, the herbes de provence, and the second teaspoon of salt.

Next, just take each chunk of chicken, coat it in the flour mixture, then coat it in the egg, and then roll it around in the panko mixture and put it in your prepared baking dish! You should have just 1 layer of chicken on the bottom of your dish. If you have any panko mixture leftover, I would just pour it over the top for some extra crispiness.

Bake, ocvered, for 25 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your nuggets).

If you want, you can turn them over half way through, but I was too lazy - they still turned out nice and crispy on both sides!


Deals, Steals and Heels said...

we made something like this with just butter and parmesan cheese....these sound yummy too!

Kristen616 said...

Oh these look SO good! I absolutely love herbs de provence, they must be great with chicken nuggets! Sounds like a fabulous recipe!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Looks delicious and a great way to use herbs de provence!

Colleen said...

These look amazing! Great idea!

Katie said...

Yum! Great photos.


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