Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Honey Garlic Turkey Nuggets

I like to cook with turkey tenders. They are cost effective and they come in generous portion packages. I have made some honey garlic turkey nuggets in this recipe. They are partially cooked in the microwave and then quickly fried, then tossed in a sticky coating. They can be partially fried and finished in the oven if you want to prepare them the day before serving.

You will need:
  • 2 turkey tenders (of course you can also use chicken breast or thighs)
  • salt/pepper
  • granulated garlic
  • 1/3 cup mustard (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup semolina or corn meal
  • bar-b-q seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • hot paprika
  • sweet paprika
  • grape seed oil (or canola for frying)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1-2 tbsp orange juice (if necessary to thin out sauce)

Step 1: I start with a nice quality turkey tender. In my meat market they sell 2 in a package.

Step 2: I find it easy to cut into chunks when the meat is partially frozen. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and granulated garlic.

Step 3: on a large plate microwave the meat for 1 minute. Flip the meat and bring the outside pieces to the inside so they cook evenly. Cook for another 1 minute.

If you have any pieces that still have not turned mostly an opaque partially cooked. Then cook a further 30 seconds. Let turkey cool.

Step 4: toss the partially cooked turkey in mustard to coat. I have used a spicy horseradish mustard and a hot mustard combination. 

Step 5: in a bowl mix flour and semolina or cornmeal and lots of spices. You add more than you think you should in order to make a tasty breading.

Step 6: I use tongs to toss each piece of meat in flour.

Step 7: heat oil to 375 degrees F and fry turkey until browned. I like to use grape seed oil but you can use canola or peanut. You will not have to cook them  long since you have partially cooked your meat. Remove to paper towels to remove excess oil.

Step 8: in a small saucepan heat honey, garlic and orange marmalade. This will make it runny and easy to toss the chunks in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with a salad.

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