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A Nugget of Goodness by quornflour

Dinner for one or many:

Making dinner for one person uses about the same number of cooking dishes as it does for a family, which is why so many single people go out to eat so much. I prefer to cook at home, instead of making a single serving; I make extras so I have it for lunch at work and dinners at home.

I do not have a microwave.

Yes, I can afford one. No, I do not need you to buy me one. No, I do not want the spare from your cellar.

This can be a challenge when it comes to making foods that can be reheated. Some I just set aside for lunch where I use the microwave there to reheat, others I find ways that I can reheat at home using the toaster oven, oven or stovetop.

The nugget:

One of the things I enjoy making that is easy to reheat in the toaster oven is nuggets. While they take a little while to prep and make, it is something you can make in abundance and freeze for later.

What you need:

1 lb chicken breasts/thighs (this recipe also works great with salmon)

1 egg

½ C bread crumbs

1t salt

¼ C parmesan cheese

1T Italian seasoning

1t cayenne pepper (optional)

½ C peanut oil

Cook it up:

Cut your chicken or fish into nugget size pieces using your kitchen scissors, (put the tray aside to be washed, you’ll need it later).

Combine: bread crumbs, salt, parmesan, Italian seasoning and cayenne peppers and place in an 8×8 baking dish.

Beat egg into a bowl.

On medium high heat, heat oil in a large frying pan, be sure the oil is ¼” to ⅓” deep.

Dip chicken into egg and then bread crumb mixture to cover and cover completely.

When all of the chicken is covered the oil should be at temperature.

Place chicken in the oil using tongs and cook.

While your chicken is starting to cook, clean the chicken tray and the 8×8 baking tray.

Line the baking tray with 2 or 3 layers of paper-towels.

Flip the chicken, when the chicken is brown on both sides it should be cooked through.

As you remove the chicken from the oil place in the 8×8 baking dish, when you have covered the space available place new paper towels down and continue.

When all of the chicken is complete serve what you are going to eat and put the rest aside, by covering in plastic and placing in the fridge or freezer.

Freezing:

After you’ve eaten and done the dishes, take the remaining nuggets from the freezer, this is where you will need the tray. Place a freezer bag on the tray and lay the nuggets out so they are not touching each other, use the tray to help lay them flat. Close the bag and place it in the freezer, this will keep the nuggets from freezing n a clump and make re heating later easier. When the nuggets are completely frozen (usually after a few hours), remove the tray.

Enjoying later:

When you want to enjoy your nuggets later reheat in an oven at 450⁰ for about 15 minutes or until fully warmed.

Whenever you enjoy them, try them with some of TxK’s BBQ sauce!

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