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Desi Nuggets Recipe

Nuggets are a universal fave of children everywhere.Hence it’s good, especially for parents to have a healthy recipe on hand. 


  • 500 grams boneless skinless chicken breast 
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ tsp.  Red chilli powder 
  • ½ tsp. Garam masala powder 
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic paste 
  • 1 ½ tsp. Ginger paste
  • ½ cup Green chutney paste
  • 1 tsp. Coriander powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup cornflour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup cashews


  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Recipe for Desi Nuggets 

  1. Grind the almonds and cashews into a coarse crumb. 
  2. Cut the chicken into  inch cubes and refrigerate. 
  3. Now take the green chutney paste, (ground green chillies, fresh coriander and mint in equal amounts) ginger and garlic paste and cook it in a frying pan (medium to low heat) until most of the water evaporates and you are left with a thick dehydrated paste. 
  4. In the bowl of a food processor combine the chicken, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp garam masala, dehydrated garlic, ginger and green chutney paste. 
  5. Blitz until a thick paste-like mix forms, add the egg and combine, then transfer to a bowl. 
  6. Now combine the cornflour with ½ cup of water to form a slurry, add ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp red chilli powder to it. 
  7. Lay out your breadcrumbs/nut mix in a flat vessel. 
  8. Prepare a tray by greasing and lining it with a sheet of parchment.
  9. Now taking two tablespoons, cornel one spoonful at a time into the wet mix and then pick with a fork and into the dry, then once coated with crumbs, shape with fingers and mold into a nugget shape, then place on the tray. It ought to yield at least 24 nuggets depending on how large you make them. 
  10. Freeze for at least 8-9 hours then transfer into a plastic bag.
  11. Shallow fry in the oil at low until golden brown. 
  12. Serve piping hot. 
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