Those copycat McNuggets went viral for a reason...
I'm going to be totally honest with you: I really don't understand TikTok! In fact, nothing makes me feel more like an old, washed up Millennial than hearing the young Gen Z'ers on the TikTok accounts.
I always though TikTok was just for dancing, but it turns out it's the place to go these days for the hottest new food and drink trends (hello, dalgona coffee). So I did a deep dive into the world of TikTok and found a handful of food-related tricks I just had to try for myself.
Read on to see how 10 viral TikTok food and drink hacks actually work when put to the test.
But first, a quick note. Most TikTok videos don't include precise ingredient measurements. I guessed the quantities to the best of my ability, and while they probably aren't perfect, I've included them in some recipes below in case you're interested in trying any of these at home.
Copycat McDonalds' McNuggets
What you'll need:
2 chicken breasts, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, two eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste.
How to make it:
First, dice the chicken breasts into small cubes and pulse them in the blender (I know it sounds totally gross but go with it). Season the chicken with salt and pepper and shape them into little nuggets on a baking sheet lined with aluminum or parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for two hours for the chicken to harden.
After about two hours remove the chicken from the freezer. In one bowl, assemble the dry ingredients: flour, cornstarch, onion powder, and garlic powder. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients: two eggs, cornstarch, and water. Dredge each nugget in the wet ingredients, then the dry, then the wet, and finally the dry.
Heat vegetable oil in a pan until it's sizzling hot and bubbling. Then add the chicken nuggets, making sure they don't touch. Fry for about two minutes on each side until golden brown and super crispy. Transfer to the napkin and then to a plate.