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Chicken Select Strips


McDonald's added Chicken McNuggets to the menu in 1983 and introduced the world to dipping sauces for their bite sized processed fried chicken.  In honesty they contained very little chicken at all.  The Chicken Select Strips taste much better.

Chicken Select Strips
McDonald's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Wet Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1 inch pieces or strips
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Dry Ingredients
2 cups self rising flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon pepper



Vegetable or Peanut Oil for frying

Preheat oil in a large skillet or deep fryer over medium heat or to 350 degrees. Combine chopped chicken, eggs and spices (for the wet ingredients) in a large bowl. Mix well and let set for about 15 minutes. Combine dry ingredients together.  Then take nuggets out and bread in flour and spices. Drop one by one in hot oil and fry until golden. When done, drain on paper towels.




DIPPING SAUCES

I've been doing some research trying to come up with how many different dipping sauces McDonald's has offer throughout the years.  Here are the recipes I could find.  They also offered pure honey, spicy buffalo, ranch, tangy BBQ and chipotle BBQ.  Pretty much any bottle of sauce or salad dressing in your refrigerator door can be used as a dipping sauce.  I particularly like to add some heat to BBQ sauce or ketchup with tabasco or chipotle in adobo puree.  Another favorite of mine is to add Italian or Caesar salad dressing to mayonnaise to make a creamy dipping sauce.  Since you are making these at home have fun experimenting with the flavors that you like.


Honey Mustard Sauce
McDonald's Copycat Recipe

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise


Sweet Chili Sauce
McDonald Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup light corn syrup
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash ground cayenne pepper
dash garlic powder

In a small bowl, combine the water and vinegar. Whisk in cornstarch and make sure no lumps are in the mixture. Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the cornstarch mixture, corn syrup, sugar, chili sauce, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Let the sauce cool, uncovered. Makes about 1/2 cup.


Sweet and Sour Sauce
McDonald's Copycat Recipe


1/4 cup peach preserves
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
5 teaspoons white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons water

 Combine all ingredients except the water in a food processor or a blender and puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add water, stir, and bring mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for five minutes, stirring often. When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Store sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator.


Hot Mustard Sauce
McDonald's Copycat Recipe


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons ground dried mustard
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
10-14 drops habanero hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small uncovered saucepan. Whisk until smooth. Turn heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Sauce should thicken in 2 to 3 minutes after it begins to boil. Remove sauce from heat and chill in refrigerator in a covered container.


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