Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets

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Indulge your taste buds in these Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets paired with a delectable sweet and sour sauce. This recipe combines the crunchiness of perfectly fried chicken nuggets with the tangy goodness of a homemade sauce. It’s crispy, sticky, tender, and a crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

Serve your chicken nuggets with Napa Cabbage Ramen Slaw and/or Stuffed Tomatoes.

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Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets


Prepare yourself for a burst of flavor as you bite into these golden chicken nuggets. It’s perfectly seasoned with sea salt and black pepper. The crispy exterior gives way to tender, juicy chicken on the inside, creating a delightful contrast. The sweet and sour sauce adds a zingy kick, enhancing the overall taste with its sweet, tangy, and savory notes.

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Ingredients

The full Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and the recipe to your personal and private recipe box here on Call Me PMc. This way, you’ll never misplace it.

  • Chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-sized
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Eggs
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Cornstarch
  • White vinegar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Minced garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Garnish – Sesame seeds and Green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F | 200 C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, salt, pepper and eggs.
  3. Add cornstarch to another large bowl. Remove the chicken from the egg mixture and toss in the cornstarch.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat with oil. Cook chicken for 2 minutes until a little bit crispy. It does not have to be cooked thoroughly. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish with the grease and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is baking, make the sweet and sour sauce. Whisk the white vinegar and cornstarch together. Next, add the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk. Heat the sauce in the same skillet until thick.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven, pour the sauce, and toss gently.
  7. Garnish and serve.
A bowl of Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets with chopsticks.

Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets FAQ

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?
A: Absolutely! While the recipe suggests chicken breast, you can substitute thighs for a slightly different texture and flavor.

Q: Can I make the sweet and sour sauce ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can prepare the sauce in advance and refrigerate it. Just reheat it gently before serving for the best flavor.

Q: Can I bake the chicken instead of frying?
A: While frying gives the nuggets that classic crunch, you can bake them for a healthier alternative. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake until golden brown.

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How to store leftovers

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to freeze

Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for one month.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave until heated through.

Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets Cooking Tips

  1. Cut the chicken into uniform, bite-sized pieces. This guarantees even cooking and a consistent texture.
  2. Coating the chicken in cornstarch is the secret to achieving that irresistible crunch. Don’t skip this step for the perfect nugget texture.
  3. Maintain a consistent oil temperature for frying. Too hot, and the coating might burn before the chicken cooks through; too cold, and the nuggets won’t be as crispy.
A bowl of food with Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets.

Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets Final Thoughts

I always try to give you options for similar recipes I think you’ll enjoy. Here are a few: PORK BELLY BURNT ENDS, Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Caramel Sauce, Honey Sriracha Sesame Chicken, Sticky Bourbon Chicken Skewers, Sticky Chicken Tenders Recipe, Sticky Thai Chicken Thighs, HAWAIIAN ROLLS STICKY BUNS, and EASY BAKED CHEESY CHICKEN.

These Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets with sweet and sour sauce are a culinary delight that effortlessly balances textures and flavors. This dish will surely please whether you serve it as a snack, appetizer, or main course. Follow the simple cooking tips, and feel free to customize the recipe. Elevate your dining experience with this easy-to-make yet impressive dish that guarantees smiles.

A bowl of food with Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets.
A bowl of food with chopsticks.

Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets

This takeout recipe is simple yet full of flavor. Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, it will be a favorite for the whole family.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into bite sized
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (5.64 oz | 160 g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • cup white vinegar 2.70 fl.oz | 80 ml
  • ½ cup granulated sugar 3.52 oz | 100 g
  • ¼ cup ketchup 2.04 oz | 58 g
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F | 200 C.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, salt, pepper and eggs.
  • Add cornstarch to another large bowl. Remove the chicken from the egg mixture and toss in the cornstarch.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat with oil. Cook chicken for 2 minutes until a little bit crispy. It does not have to be cooked thoroughly. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish with the grease and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking, make the sweet and sour sauce. Whisk the white vinegar and cornstarch together. Next, add the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk. Heat the sauce in the same skillet until thick.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, pour the sauce, and toss gently.
  • Garnish and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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