I have never been a big fan of the chicken nuggets, even if I did eat meat it’s just not one of those things I would really ever order out. When my son was little he was the chicken nugget fan. Well anything that had to do with chicken I knew it would be eaten in no time and he is still that way.
I was talking to him about how I was thinking of coming up with a good meatless nugget and he seemed excited so I did it and almost broke my arm patting my back they were so good.
Really, I used tofu and before I loose you please just hold on and read on…they really are good. I even got the thumbs up from my son.
They were crunchy with flavor, baked not fried so they are on the side of good for you too.
Meatless Nuggets Recipe:
1 package of extra firm Tofu drained and cut into nugget sizes
1/2 cup of Corn Starch or Potato Starch
1/4 cup of wheat flour
1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast
Seasonings per your taste: paprika, garlic and onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper
4 Tablespoons of water
The key to this crispy nuggets is to remove all the water from the tofu. To do this drain the tofu then wrap it in a towel putting weight on top for at least 15 minutes. I have found a nice cast-iron skillet with a few cans in it work great.
In a bowl add egg and water then whip them together making a egg wash
In another bowl add corn/potato starch, flour and seasonings
In the last and final bowl add the nutritional yeast.
I know the amount of dishes sound like way to much but it is worth it!
Take the drained, cut tofu rolling it in the nutritional yeast then dredge in the egg mixture, then put in corn/potato starch mixture making sure you cover it well. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Do this with each nugget. Place the full cookie sheet of nuggets in a preheated oven at 350 for about an hour turning flipping the nuggets at about 30 minutes.
Note: If you want extra crispy, spray the nuggets with olive oil before baking them and then again when you flip them. I didn’t do that this time but have noticed a slight difference with crispness.
When they are done place on a plate and serve with dipping sauce of your choice or even just plain works too, they are that good.