Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's Made of What? Range "McNuggets".

Ingredients in Chicken McNuggets

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

MMMM - dimethylpolysiloxane, used in making Silly Putty, it's also a critical ingredient in Rain-X.  It's also found in Wendy's fries.  Or at least their  old "unimproved" fries, the new ones seemingly made out of shards of salt licks.

And what's TBHQ? That's tertiary butylhydroquinone, a butane based preservative, which among many other things, is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds. One to four grams of TBHQ can cause some serious symptoms that will make the flu look like winning the lottery.  Five grams of TBHQ can kill you.

Many of the store bought nuggets don't have those two particular ingredients, but they are still full of things like sodium phosphates, caramel color, methylcellulose, and " spice extractive", even if they come in little dinosaur shapes.

No thanks, I'll eat at home.  Happy Meal toy notwithstanding, I want my chicken with a beak, not a beaker.

Ingredients in a Range McNugget.

Fresh grain-fed chicken breast, grated fresh ginger, a squeeze of lemon juice, butter, flour, cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil, a cast iron skillet. 

Chop one extra large chicken breast into large nugget sized pieces.  If you have the patience to cut them into little dinosaur shapes have at it.  Mine are shaped like pieces of chicken.  I'm creative that way..

Dip each piece in a mixture of a few tablespoons of melted salted butter to which you've added about half a thumb sized  piece of fresh ginger, grated and a splash of lemon juice.  Dredge in a small cereal bowl of flour to which you've added a few pinches of cayenne pepper.

Cook in a medium/hot cast iron pan with just a little EVOO until lightly brown on both sides (turning with tongs), reduce heat, cover and cook until done.  Just a few minutes is all it takes and it turns out buttery, savory and oh so juicy.  Serves two for a light meal or snack.

Make it a HOTR Hoppy Meal with fresh sliced sourdough, some smoked Gouda and salad and a small glass of IPA.  You can add some fresh garlic mayo for little sandwiches or some dressing for the salad on the side, if you like. 

How you serve it is up to you, but remember,  if you get a Hoppy Meal at the Range, the toys are SO much better.


  1. I have never liked the chicken junk at any of the fast food restaurants. I do however like the looks of your recipe. I usually don't cook from recipes, unless baking. However, I am going to try this one. It looks simple, and delicious, and using ingredients real people use, not things only someone on a cooking show might be able to find. Thanks for a great post.

    1. Thanks Pigpen51 - my husband came up with this recipe one night and it's one we both enjoy. They're also good on a salad instead of those deep fried chicken pieces.

  2. I like junk food. But, I do recognize it as junk...
    And at the Range, one gets reloading dies in lieu of some poisonous Chi-com toy!
    If I start hitchhiking, I might be there by Easter...(?)


  3. I have to admit loving KFC and Chic-fil-A chicken breasts. However, I rarely go there, preferring instead to cook chicken at home. Nuggets from anywhere gross me out. This is a great recipe.

  4. As long as that arty is firing OVER the road - it's not a problem!


  5. Yep, don't do those 'mcXXX' thingies...


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