Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's Made of WHAT? Chicken McNuggets - Range Style

Ingredients in Chicken McNuggets

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

MMMM - dimethylpolysiloxane, used in making Silly Putty, it's also a critical ingredient in Rain-X.  It's also found in Wendy's fries.  Or at least their  old "unimproved" fries, the new ones seemingly made out of shards of salt licks.

And what's TBHQ? That's tertiary butylhydroquinone, a butane based preservative, which among many other things, is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds. One to four grams of TBHQ can cause some serious symptoms that will make the flu look like winning the lottery.  Five grams of TBHQ can kill you.

Many of the store bought nuggets don't have those two particular ingredients, but they are still full of things like sodium phosphates, caramel color, methylcellulose, and " spice extractive", even if they come in little dinosaur shapes.

No thanks, I'll eat at home.  Happy Meal toy notwithstanding, I want my chicken with a beak, not a beaker.

Ingredients in a Range McNugget.

Fresh grain-fed chicken breast, grated fresh ginger, a squeeze of lemon juice, butter, flour, cayenne pepper, extra virgin olive oil, a cast iron skillet. 

Chop one extra large chicken breast into large nugget sized pieces.  If you have the patience to cut them into little dinosaur shapes have at it.  Mine are shaped like pieces of chicken.  I'm creative that way..

Dip each piece in a mixture of a few tablespoons of melted salted butter to which you've added about half a thumb sized  piece of fresh ginger, grated and a splash of lemon juice.  Dredge in a small cereal bowl of flour to which you've added a few pinches of cayenne pepper.

Cook in a medium/hot cast iron pan with just a little EVOO until lightly brown on both sides (turning with tongs), reduce heat, cover and cook until done.  Just a few minutes is all it takes and it turns out buttery, savory and oh so juicy.  Serves two for a light meal or snack.

Make it a HOTR Hoppy Meal with fresh sliced sourdough, some smoked Gouda and salad and a small glass of IPA.  You can add some fresh garlic mayo for little sandwiches or some dressing for the salad on the side, if you like. 

How you serve it is up to you, but remember,  if you get a Hoppy Meal at the Range, the toys are SO much better.


  1. I'm with you. Read the labels on that stuff and you won't eat the stuff.

  2. Um ... I'll have what you're having, thanks.

  3. Add a pinch of sage to the butter.

  4. Mr. B - I'm telling you, you need your own cooking show. Wear the tactical kilt of yours and you'd put Rachel Ray out of business.

  5. Nice, NOW I see the recipe... I ended up doing BBQ chicken breast for dinner :-( Day late and a dollar short over here as usual...

  6. This post calls for the ingredients song!


  7. Lois - you have to check out the youtube that blackeagle sent in comments. .

    "soybean oil, butter fat."

    Oh yes,

    Old NFO - I imagine what you made was good, but this was good and took 10 minutes to make (and probably cost about $2 per serving)

    Blackeagle - oh so very true. Thanks for the smile!

  8. "I want my chicken with a beak, not a beaker."

    Finally, I understand why I hated chemistry. All suck, no cluck.

  9. Totally lost me on the 'small glass' of IPA...but the recipe looks tasty, and something I won't feel bad about feeding my kids.

  10. So how do I get reloading dies with my Range Happy Meal? Is there a whole set including a Press I can collect?

  11. For a happy meal at home... you get the meal, but give Barkley the toy...

    Dann in Ohio

  12. Looks yummy! And the ingredients list is pronounceable - even better.

  13. Go ahead and leave out the dimethylpolysiloxane. I like my chicken nuggets foamy!

  14. I'll take a double order to go, please... one for now and I'll freeze the other for later!

  15. Need to dribble some "Franks Hot Sauce" on top of them before eating.

    But, then again, I use "Franks" on most everything.



  16. Knew there had to be a good reason I never like mcnugget stuff.

    ...free range chics are fast...

    Semi allergic to sage...use thyme instead?


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