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Proper Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Paprika and Parmesan Crumb

This is Jamie Oliver's Proper Chicken Nuggets from his Super Food Family Classics cookbook and TV series. Thrill the kids and make proper chicken nuggets at home and you can rest easy in the knowledge they've been made with nothing but the good stuff.

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Using wholemeal bread instead of the usual white bread coating means we are upping our fibre intake, and we’ve lowered the calories by baking rather than deep-frying these bad boys.


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1 kg free-range skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves of garlic
1 level tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 heaped tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 large free-range egg
1 lemon
250g wholemeal bread
50g Parmesan cheese
olive oil

Essential kit

You will need a a food processor.

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Start by cutting the chicken breasts into nugget-sized portions. The easiest way to do this is to use your scales to help you get it right the first time – you want each nugget to be just over 30g, then visually that will give you a guide for the rest. Cut up all the chicken, putting it on a tray as you go.

To make the marinade, crush the unpeeled garlic cloves through a garlic crusher over the chicken. Add the paprika, yoghurt, egg, and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Finely grate over the lemon zest and squeeze over all the juice, then use your clean hands to massage all that flavour into the meat. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Tear the bread into a food processor, finely grate in the Parmesan, add 2 tablespoons of oil and whiz until you have fine breadcrumbs, then tip into a large shallow tray. Working in batches, use two forks to transfer the pieces of chicken into the crumbs, using the forks to gently flick crumbs over each piece of chicken so they’re well coated. Transfer the nuggets to a deep tray lined with greaseproof paper, layering them up between sheets of paper as you go (this is probably more bread than you need, but it’s easier to work with – simply discard whatever’s left). Cook right away or freeze in the tray – once frozen, you can pop them into a tub or sandwich bags for easier storage.

To cook, place however many nuggets you need on a rack in a roasting tray in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.

Calories 230kcal – Fat 7.8g – Sat Fat 2.4g – Protein 29.4g – Carbs 10g – Sugar 0.9g – Salt 0.7g – Fibre 1.6g

Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House

Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2016 Super Food Family Classics) Photographer: Jamie Oliver

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From the book: Super Food Family Classics

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