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.
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.
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.