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2 in 1 Nuggets & Schnitzel

The Mix = Batter

If you’re looking for a quick and easy midweek dinner guaranteed to satisfy the family, this is a staple recipe, using simple store cupboard ingredients, that you will turn to time and again. It’s easy to throw together after a long day, just dip and bake, and it’s so much better than anything you’ll buy ready made in the shops.

There’s no denying it kids love chicken nuggets and if you know whats in them there’s nothing wrong with that. These are made with fresh ingredients, contain no hidden nasties, are baked not fried and taste finger licking good with a side of ketchup. The thing I love most about this recipe is that I can do both, a big ole tray of nuggets for the kids, and a more grown up schnitzel for the adults, using exactly the same ingredients.

You can use chicken but I prefer turkey because the steaks come already thinly sliced so there is no need for any fiddly slicing of chicken breasts required. If you want to use chicken, just slice a chicken breast horizontally to make 2 thinner fillets, put a piece of clingfilm over the top and roll them out until really thin (about 1 cm thick). It is important that the meat is thin for a schnitzel otherwise the outside will be crispy and golden before the inside has had a chance to cook through and you don’t want it raw in the middle.

I often make my own breadcrumbs by grating stale slices of bread (1 slice of bread = approx 1 oz breadcrumbs) into bags and storing them in the freezer ready to pull out at times like these. They only take a few minutes left on the side to defrost. But I also keep a pack of dried breadcrumbs in the store cupboard for emergencies. You can buy some really nice varieties (I like Spanish Gallo). Check the label though to make sure they just contain breadcrumbs and don’t buy the orange ones!

I serve the nuggets with ketchup (what else) and the schnitzel with either a fresh tomato sauce or lemon wedges to squeeze over.  Baked potato wedges (sweet or normal) are good on the side  because they cook in the same time as the meat, just drizzle the wedges with a bit of oil, season and bung in the oven alongside. All you need then is a lovely fresh green salad.

You will need:

4oz breadcrumbs
1 egg
150ml milk
salt & pepper
1lb turkey steaks
1lb diced turkey

To make it:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and get a couple of baking trays ready.

Mix the eggs and milk together in a shallow container and season with salt & pepper.

Put the breadcrumbs in another bowl.

Dip the turkey steaks in the egg mixture first, turning over, until covered

Then dip them in the breadcrumbs, turning over, until coated on both sides.

Put them on a baking tray and drizzle with a bit of oil.

Bake for 15 minutes

Put the diced turkey in the egg mixture first, stirring until covered

Transfer them with a slotted spoon to the breadcrumb bowl, stirring until coated all over

Put them on a baking tray and drizzle with oil

Turn the schnitzels over, add the tray of nuggets and bake for 15 minutes.

Hope you like it.

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