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Gluten free chicken nuggets

Published 26 October, 2007

From time to time, eating green stuff gets boring. That's when you want some (gluten freeO junk food. But of course, if you're making it yourself, it just has to imitate fast food, it doesn't have to be junk.

Now the nuggety things you cook are usually chicken, but we actually used ready-chopped turkey stir fry pieces, which makes this even faster. Kids will love your gluten free chicken nuggets, and you can love yourself because you're keeping the little blighters from eating nasty processed, full of turkey glands muck from some factory somewhere.

Gluten free chicken (turkey!) nugget recipe

Serves 4

500g stir fry turkey pieces (these should be strips no more than 1/2 cm thick)
100g corn polenta (should be gluten free naturally)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper

Mix your polenta with the rest of the dry ingredients in a plastic bag, then chuck in your turkey pieces. Toss them around and squeeze to get the polenta nicely stuck on. Then (key step I discovered when making these for the first time), empty the coated turkey into a coarse colander to get rid of the excess polenta. This will stop you dumping loads of loose polenta into your frying pan which will then burn.

You are going to shallow fry these, so add about 0.25-0.5 cm to your pan and get it hot. If it's not hot, your gluten free turkey nuggets will be soggy oily nuggets, which is never good.

Pop the coated turkey in - you may need to do it in 2 batches depending on the size of your pan. Fry for about 1 minute per side then remove from pan. You can test they are cooked by cutting across a thicker piece, but don't overcook or they will be very chewy.

Serve your gluten free chicken nuggets (OK, OK, I know they're turkey, it just sounds better) with some tomato ketchup and anything from chips (fries) to green peas, or whatever you want really.

Then smugly inform everyone how you don't need to buy junk food to get the fast food hit. :)

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