Melissa Davis’ Better Nuggets

Another Herondale-inspired recipe by our in-house Chef-in-Chief, Melissa Davis!


Love chicken McNuggets?

Craving a tiny wad of extruded battery fowl paste coated with sodium drugs, fried in deathly trans fats? Accompanied by soon-to-be Pacific gyre plastic tubs of processed sugar faux-honey mustard or corn-syrup barbecue sauce?

Please. Don’t.

Herondale has a better nugget.

Peele Chicken Pillows

A very fit friend recently said he needed a weekly McNugget fix while training for a marathon. So I created this recipe for him. And tweaked it for maximum yumminess without Evil Death Ray ingredients.

I normally list all the bits necessary for the recipe, but this is an elastic concept. You only need a Cuisinart or a blender. And nuts, seeds, grains, bread crumbs, spices, of your choice. Also a Herondale no-steroid, free-range, ass-kicking hen boob. And about 45 minutes of Zen time.

Make this. The runner dad (above) and your finicky children will beg you for more.


J. Peele Chicken Pillows

Preheat oven to 350.

In a food processor, grind up a handful of each (or some of) the following: raw almonds, sesame seeds, oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, or whatever nuts and grains you have with a heal of grainy old dried bread. Pulse until course, not finely ground.

To that add home-made Old Bay seasoning, which is a mixture of ground up bay leaves, celery seed, paprika, dried hot chilis, dried ginger, white and black peppercorns, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, mace, cardamom, salt and mustard seed. You can Google the proportions. Or, you lazy-ass bastard, buy prepared.

Remove two Herondale chicken breasts from bones with a sharp knife. (Medium knife skills needed here, just try to make a filleted chicken breast. If you have breast bits, save the bits and mound into an inch-sized lump.)

On parchment paper or wax paper, pound breast to ¼ inch. Cut pounded breasts into t 1x 1 inch nuggets, or as close as you can get.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil.

Whisk two eggs from your hens out back (you don’t have chickens? Okay, fine, Herondale will cover your ass here, again) on a flat plate. Dredge chicken cubes and mounded bits in egg, then in the above grain/seed/bread coating. Place pieces on the oiled baking sheet, making sure not to crowd the nuggets.

Bake in oven until done (about 10-12 mins).

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