How to Deep-Fry Chicken Nuggets

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Deep-fried chicken nuggets are a popular snack. Adults and children alike enjoy their bite-sized shape and crisp coating. Prepared as an appetizer or served as the star of your next meal, deep-frying allows you to have chicken nuggets ready in less time than it will take your family to eat them. Serve chicken nuggets with a variety of savory sauces like honey mustard, ketchup, buffalo or ranch dressing.

Step 1

Add enough oil to completely submerge the chicken nuggets while they cook in an electric deep-fryer or a large pot on the stove. Fill the fryer or pot no more than half full with oil so as to avoid spillovers and contain splatters.

Step 2

Heat the oil until it reaches a temperature range of 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Carefully add a few of the chicken nuggets to the hot oil using either a slotted spoon or tongs or by carefully lowering a metal basket into the oil. Cook the chicken nuggets for approximately 6 minutes or until the nuggets have turned golden brown.

Step 4

Remove the chicken nuggets from the deep-fryer or pot and let drain on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Let the temperature of the heat return and fry another small batch of chicken nuggets. Continue frying in small batches until all the chicken nuggets have been cooked.

Step 5

Serve the chicken nuggets with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy. If you're serving the chicken nuggets for dinner, serve alongside French fries or roasted vegetables.