Better Than Chicken Nuggets!

I’ve been searching for a replacement for a good nugget forever. Since we stopped eating processed, I no longer have the faux frozen nuggets to turn to from Morning Star Farms and the like. As bad as I know they are for me, those MSF nuggets were damn good with some buffalo wing sauce. Alas, they have been eliminated! And that’s that. Since then, I’ve been in constant search for the perfect nugget with similar texture and delicious flavor. And guess what…

I have finally found THE recipe to quell my nugget desires. Thank you to Happy Herbivore for this recipe. I of course tweaked it slightly. ^.^

         Chickpea & TVP Nuggets

             Things you need:

  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • 1½ tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 a dash garlic powder
  • 1 a dash of thyme
  • ½ cup vital wheat gluten
  • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • Panko breadcrumbs, flour, and milk of choice

The first thing you want to do is mash the chickpeas. This time I used a potato masher and fork. Next time, I will take the shortcut and just use my food processor. 🙂 You want to be sure there are no whole chickpeas left. Next, add the TVP to the chickpeas along with the water, mustard, honey, soy sauce, garlic powder, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Then add the vital wheat gluten and knead the nugget dough. You’ll now want to setup a breading station by filling bowls with flour, milk (I used unsweetened coconut), and Panko. (You can season all three with salt and pepper if you like!) Next shape the dough into nugget form and then coat with flour, dip into the milk, and finally into the panko. Place on a pre-oiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway. I also lightly fried them in grapeseed oil for a couple of minutes on both sides to get them golden brown and delicious. Serve with BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, or buffalo wing sauce. 🙂

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! xoxo