I love guilty pleasure foods. If you hand me a plate dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and some ranch I will be your best friend for several hours.I really wanted these to be far more glamorous than they are. They aren’t quite meatballs, and they are a little more healthy than a chicken nugget, but they still look like something I enjoy eating while watching cartoons and drinking scotch (That is not a drink pairing FYI). I tried breading and frying these bad boys and it was good, but not as good as making them into non breaded nuggets. Just beware this recipe makes about 40 of these. They were perfect to go into my lunch all week!
2 lb ground chicken or chicken tenderloins chopped into small pieces
1 white onion finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
a thumb sized nub of finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
a splash of mirin
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
Sesame oil and vegetable oil for frying
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Once everything is well combined, use a small ice cream scoop, or a couple of teaspoons to scoop them into walnut sized balls. Place them in a frying pan, and cook them on both sides for about 5 minutes each, or until they are cooked through.
For the sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbs mirin
the juice of half a lemon or lime
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbs green onion
Mix the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic and onion powder together. Pour the mixture into a small sauce pan, bring it to a simmer, and add in the green onion. Mix the cornstarch with a bit of water until there are no lumps, and add it to the simmering water. Whisk it for a few minutes until it it thickens, and serve it with your nuggets.