The good thing about that is that there are so, so, soooo many different ways to prepare nuggets. Every chicken nugget is not created equally, that's for sure!
Some people like a deep fried nugget with a nice smooth batter crust. Some people prefer a simple egg and breadcrumb mixture. You can try out different seasonings and dipping sauces to mix things up a bit, too. I can honestly say that my family has never turned down a nugget, no matter how they're prepared. Win for me!
This particular nugget recipe goes the breadcrumb and baking route, but not just any breadcrumbs. This recipe requires toasted panko breadcrumbs.
And by requires, I mean that the panko is key here and the toasting is, too. If you skip either step, well then I'll have to say I told you so. Because these little guys are baked and not fried, toasting up the coarse panko makes it all pretty and crispy and, most importantly, flavorful. Then you throw in some parm for even more flavor! Yes!
The glue for all of that delicious panko and parmesan is ranch dressing, hence the ranch in parmesan ranch chicken nuggets. Dunk your chicken in just enough creamy ranch to get the breading to stick and you're golden. Shake off the excess panko and bake them on a rack in the oven for just 10 short minutes. How easy is that?
So easy, so fast, so crispy, and delicious! I know they will becaome a part of your regular rotation just like they are for us.
Looking for more dinner ideas? Here's a quick look back at what was on the blog around this time:
One Year Ago: Oven Roasted Pulled Pork with Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce
Two Years Ago: Seared Scallops with Creamy Bacon Corn Sauce
Three Years Ago: Mushroom Artichoke Chicken