August 12, 2011

Boca Original Chik'n Nuggets

This week, it's another chicken nugget: Boca Original Chik'n Nuggets made with Natural Ingredients.

I cooked these up a couple different ways, since I didn't want to spend an eternity preheating my oven just to cook these up. So I figured I'd combine their microwave method and their oven method. I put them on a plate and microwaved them for a couple minutes, mostly to thaw them out, then tossed them into my toaster oven to crisp them up. This was… sort of successful. They were certainly crispier when they came out than when they went in, but not a lot. Really, I should have just cooked them longer in the toaster oven. The interior was kind of mushy, although the flavor was good.

The next time, I put them straight into the toaster oven. I set it for 5 minutes, then flipped them and gave them another 5 minutes. After I checked them, I wasn't happy yet with the crispiness level, so I cooked them another few minutes until they were good. The satisfactory exterior came along with a satisfactory interior as well, so this was definitely the way to go. It was nice and … not quite chewy, but not mushy either. Kind of like a real-meat nugget when it's cooked enough. I was definitely impressed with these. But keep them out of the microwave!

The experience:
Texture - once I cooked it long enough, it was nice and crispy outside and real-meat-nugget-ish inside
Flavor - nothing weird, and a nice mild spice flavor

Final grade for this attempt: A-

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