Mama Jo’s Mama’s Chicky Nuggets


  • 3 C flour
  • 1 C corn meal
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 T onion poweder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into app. 1-in pieces
  • app. 1 C canola oil


  1. Pour oil (about 1/4 in deep) into iron skillet and heat on medium.
  2. Combine first six ingredients in medium sized bowl or 8×8 dish.
  3. Mix with fork.
  4. Add eggs to separate medium sized bowl, beat well.
  5. Test oil with a dash of flour mix. If flour sizzles, oil is ready.
  6. Put chicken in egg bowl and coat.
  7. Dredge each piece in flour mix.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for thicker, crispier coating.
  9. Place coated chicken in hot oil so that each piece is about 1/4 in apart. Do not overload the pan!
  10. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Adjust heat if browning too quickly.
  11. Flip chicken over, repeat step 10.
  12. Chicken is done when golden brown and it’s not squishy to touch.
  13. Lay cooked chicken on a paper towel to soak up excess oil.

For a healthier option, bake in the oven at 375 until the internal temperature reads 165 (about 20-25 minutes).