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Sandwich of the Week: The Nugget Spot’s Cheezus

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Chef Jason Hairston serves a unique chicken nugget-filled sandwich at his restaurant, The Nugget Spot, in New York City

The Nugget Spot’s Cheezus is a hoagie-style sandwich inspired by the classic po’boy.

Formerly of Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, chef Jason Hairston recently opened The Nugget Spot just east of New York’s Union Square as an homage to one of his favorite childhood foods: the chicken nugget.

As the name suggests, TNS is dedicated to serving the finest nuggets you've ever had. They use hormone-free proteins and fresh vegetables exclusively, and make all their nearly one dozen sauces in-house — including the 16-ingredient barbecue sauce. Each morning, the team begins with raw, never-frozen chicken breasts, and transforms them into adult-friendly treats such as the Cheez Louise (cheese cracker-encrusted chicken nuggets served with their O.G. Ranch sauce) and the Wake N Bacon (bacon-coated chicken nuggets alongside maple syrup). The menu includes entrées like chicken and waffles and sides like oven-roasted Brussels sprouts… and then there’s the Cheezus.

The Cheezus is a hoagie-style sandwich inspired by the classic po’boy, but instead of crispy shrimp or fried oysters, chef Jason Hairston uses Captain Crunch-like cereal to crust the chicken, which is then deep-fried to crunchy perfection. The nuggets are topped with nacho queso and pickled jalepeños for a cheesy, salty, sweet, and spicy sandwich. We’re willing to bet you’ve never eaten anything quite like it, which is why it’s this week’s sandwich of the week.

Click here for other featured sandwiches or check out the Sandwich of the Week Slideshow. Know a sandwich that should be featured? Email The Daily Meal or comment below. Better yet, become a contributor and write up your favorite today!

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The fried paneer sandwich has become a cult fast-food hit

Whatever you may think about fast food (and we at The Takeout love it), you can’t deny that fast food chains have conjured up some wildly creative—and often delicious—menu items for local markets around the world. (At McDonald’s world headquarters in Chicago, its restaurant even serves some of those global offerings. ) I still hope KFC Japan’s corn soup nuggets will one day be a regular item outside of Japan, and I impatiently wait for McDonald’s Hong Kong’s seasonal taro pie every year.

But no other fast food item has ruined me like the McSpicy Paneer, which features a thick slice of crispy, breaded paneer with just the right balance of resistance and give. It took two years for McDonald’s India to develop a paneer fillet that was firm enough to be deep fried, yet creamy enough to sink your teeth into. The results are so positive that even though McDonald’s India uses over 120 tons of paneer a month, the McSpicy Paneer regularly sold out after it was introduced in 2011.

Since then, other fast food chains in India have added their own paneer items, such as Taco Bell’s potato paneer burrito and the Paneer King Melt at Burger King. While I think that these other contenders don’t have the charisma of McSpicy Paneer, as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many paneer dishes. I’m not the only one who feels this way this mild-tasting, fresh, unsalted cheese most commonly (and misleadingly) compared to cottage cheese is popular everywhere Indian food is enjoyed.

Paneer (from the Persian word for cheese “panir”) doesn’t have a confirmed provenance, but it was likely developed in Punjab through contact with nomadic tribes from Central Asia. In Punjab, paneer is traditionally made with hot buffalo milk, using yogurt or buttermilk as a splitting agent. The arrival of the Portuguese in Bengal also brought the technique of curdling milk with acid, which led to the development of Bengali sweets like rasgulla made with channa, a type of fresh cheese similar to paneer.

The influx of Punjabi refugees in India after Partition turned paneer from a regional specialty to a part of mainstream Indian cuisine. A lot of this popularity may be due to how easy it is to make the cheese at home. All you need to do is add an acid like lemon juice or plain live yogurt to boiling milk. After straining out the liquid from the curd with cheesecloth, you can help the paneer firm up by dipping it in ice water or refrigerating it.

Grocers like Whole Foods often stock paneer if you don’t have the time to make your own. One thing to remember, though: Commercial paneer is often firmer and denser than homemade ones. If you’re in possession of rubbery paneer, you can soak it in hot water until it softens up. This technique also helps store-bought paneer absorb flavors more readily.

Another reason for paneer’s widespread use is its versatility as an ingredient. Nandita Godbole , author of several Indian cookbooks, most recently Ten Thousand Tongues , explains that it’s a favorite ingredient not only because paneer’s neutral taste allows it to absorb other flavors, but also because it holds its shape even when cut into small pieces, and it won’t melt when cooked.

That means that paneer adds texture and bite to liquid-heavy dishes, and Godbole suggests adding it to any cream- or tomato-based stew for lovely little bursts of milky-cheese flavor. You can also make smoky, grilled paneer by marinating it first in your favorite spices, basting lightly with oil, and then grilling for a few minutes. Or you can make a lazy-day dish by adding fried paneer and vegetables like peas and carrots to rice.

Most people are used to paneer in savory dishes, but I have sat at the kids’ table during the entire length of a birthday party just so I could eat extra bowls of paneer kheer, a creamy saffron-infused pudding. It’s a dessert that’s pretty easy to make , and even easier to gobble down, so you may want to make more than you think you need. If paneer kheer is too time-consuming, Godbole has a great, simple dessert recipe: Mix soft, crumbled paneer with condensed milk to use as a filling for dessert crepes.

If you’re wondering how you can get your mouth on the McSpicy Paneer, there are some DIY recipes online, with this particular one representing a pretty decent facsimile. It doesn’t taste exactly like the McSpicy Paneer—for the record, I didn’t think the biscuits from that viral DIY Popeye’s biscuit recipe tasted the same either so maybe I just have really high standards—and you’ll need to get your hands on peri-peri seasoning and Cornitos chips.

Otherwise, get yourself to India to understand the cult of this crispy, squishy, mayo-slathered deliciousness. Or maybe head to Sweden, where Burger King’s Halloumi King sounds every bit as appealing. Those menu hits highlight a universal truth: Sandwiched fried cheese is awesome in any language.


Welcome! You just found recipes for all your favorite famous foods! Bestselling author and TV Host Todd Wilbur shows you how to easily duplicate the taste of iconic dishes and treats at home for less money than eating out. Todd’s recipes are easy to follow and fun to make! Find your favorite copycat recipes from Chick-Fil-A here. New recipes added every week.

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If you didn’t know this salad came from Chick-fil-A you could easily be fooled into thinking it was a much more expensive salad from a casual chain like T.G.I. Friday’s or Chili’s. The bed of greens is built with crisp romaine, green leaf, and red leaf lettuce, and without a speck of tasteless iceberg in sight. On top of that are ingredients you don’t associate with fast food, like grilled corn, black beans, roasted peppers, spicy chili lime pepitas, and crunchy tortilla chips. Everything works great together, and now I can show you how to make all of it for a spot-on home hack.

Chick-fil-A knows chicken, so of course the spicy chicken served on top of the salad is delicious. We can easily clone it by marinating chicken fillets in a special spicy brine for a few hours to infuse it with flavor and juiciness, then grilling it, chilling it, and slicing it thin.

The biggest star of the salad is the secret recipe that kitchen cloners have requested most: the creamy salsa dressing. To make your own version roast some peppers, mix those with the other ingredients in a blender until the dressing is smooth and creamy, and you’ll get a bright, spicy dressing that’s perfect for this salad, or any other home-crafted salads in your future.

Hungry for more Chick-Fil-A? Find my clones for their famous chicken sandwich, mac & cheese, and more here.

This huge chicken chain offers seven delicious dressings to top three salad choices, and this is my current favorite of the bunch. The Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is best on a Southwestern-style salad like the one on Chick-fil-A’s menu with mixed greens, black beans, corn, spicy chicken, and tortilla strips on top. But it’ll work on just about any mixed greens salad or burrito bowl you come up with at home or use it as a dip for chicken fingers, taquitos, and Southwestern eggrolls.

For a good home clone be sure to smash the avocado until no chunks remain and let the dressing sit for at least an hour before you use it so the dried herbs, onion, and garlic can rehydrate and the flavors can bloom.

Click here for more of my Chick-fil-A copycat recipes.

For a great chicken tortilla soup that doesn’t skimp on chicken and comes packed with other goodies like two kinds of beans, corn, chiles, onion, celery, garlic, and cilantro you’ll want to hack Chick-fil-A’s hearty version. Their soup is not only surprisingly good for a fast food chain, but it could also stand up to tortilla soups from any full-service chain, and these preparation secrets will guide you through a spot-on at-home clone.

For the white beans look for canned navy beans or small white beans. Cannellini beans and Great Northern beans are too big for a perfect clone, but if that's all you can find they’ll still work here.

The chicken is made the same way as in my Top Secret Recipe for Chick-fil-A Southwest Chicken Salad—it’s brined for four hours to infuse it with flavor before it gets grilled. Keep that extra prep time in mind when planning your soup.

Chick-fil-A uses natural roasted chicken flavor in their version, and we can do the same by using Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base found in many stores and online. That particular ingredient will give you the best clone, but if you can’t track it down you can also use regular bouillon cubes.

Top your soup with fried tortilla strips sold in bags or just crumble some of your favorite tortilla chips over the top, and grab a spoon.

The newest flavor in Chick-fil-A’s line-up of seven sauces is this spicy little number packing big heat from chili sauce and sriracha. The sauce is mostly used as a dip for the chain’s chicken strips and nuggets, but you’ll find it also works great on chicken that’s grilled or roasted. Use this sauce as a dip for fried seafood, like shrimp, and as a glaze that perks up the flavor of almost any fish.

Like at Wendy’s, where unsold and broken burger patties provide the beef for their famous chili, Chick-fil-A gets the chicken for this delicious noodle soup by chopping up the leftover chicken used on their grilled chicken sandwiches. But grilling isn’t the first step to take when whipping up a home hack of this famous soup. First, you must brine the chicken to fill it with flavor and keep it juicy like the real thing. A couple of hours later, when the brining is done, it’s grilling go-time.

The pasta shape Chick-fil-A uses in their soup is an uncommon one, and you might have a hard time finding it at your local market. It’s called mafalda corta (upper right in the photo), which is a miniature version of the ruffled-edge malfadine pasta used in my hack for Olive Garden Beef Bolognese. It also goes by the name “mini lasagna.” If you can’t find mafalda corta (I found it online), you can instead use your favorite small fancy pasta here, such as farfalle, rotini, fusilli, or whatever looks good at the store.

Looking to make the popular Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich or their Mac & Cheese? Click here for more of my Chick-fil-A clone recipes.

The new Mac & Cheese at Chick-fil-A is baked fresh every day, and the recipe is more complex than you might expect from a fast food chicken chain. According to the official list of ingredients, the formula includes several different kinds of cheese including Parmesan, Romano, and award-winning hard cheese from Wisconsin called BellaVitano. The BellaVitano cheese adds a subtle nuttiness to the mix and all three hard cheeses contribute big umami flavor that nicely complements the blend of white and yellow cheddars.

Those five kinds of cheese combine to make a great flavor, but the blend would melt into a greasy mess if it weren’t for the assistance of one more ubiquitous cheese: American. The benefit of American cheese—which makes up for its lack of flavor—is found in the sodium citrate it contains. This natural sodium salt is an emulsifier that keeps the fat in the cheese from separating (and it also happens to be useful in preventing kidney stones!). By first melting several slices of American cheese in the milk we don’t need to make a roux to create a perfectly smooth cheese sauce.

As for cooking the macaroni, here’s another secret: don’t follow the directions on the box for al dente pasta, because you don’t want the pasta to be al dente, or slightly tough. You want to cook the elbow macaroni for 20 minutes so that it absorbs as much water as possible. This will ensure that the pasta won’t suck up liquid in the cheese sauce when they are combined, and the sauce will maintain a perfectly creamy consistency.

If you like this copycat Chick-fil-A mac and cheese recipe, click here for more Chick-fil-A clone recipes.

In 1946, twenty-five-year-old S. Truett Cathy and his younger brother Ben, opened a restaurant called The Dwarf House in Hapeville, Georgia. In the early sixties Cathy began experimenting with different seasonings and a faster cooking method for his original chicken sandwich. The finished product is the famous pressure-cooked chicken sandwich now served at all 460 Chick-fil-A outlets in thirty-one states.

Annual sales for the chain topped $324 million in 1991. That makes Chick-fil-A the fourth largest fast-food chicken restaurant in the world. And Cathy still adheres to the deeply religious values that were with him in the days of the first Dwarf House. That is why you won't find any Chick-fil-A restaurants open on Sundays.

The secret to cloning this chicken chain's popular carrot raisin salad lies in proper carrot shredding technique. A standard shredder, like the type you might use to shred a hunk of cheddar cheese, creates a coarse shred that makes the salad taste much too "carroty." Instead, find yourself the type of fine shredder that is often used for Parmesan cheese. Sure, it'll take a little more elbow grease to reduce 5 or 6 carrots to ultra thin strips, but I guarantee you'll end up with a superior finished product that will help you forget all about the extra effort.

The Emeril Power AirFryer 360 Gives So Much More than Frying Power

As you may have noticed from the recipe list, the Emeril Air Fryer offers you so much more than just simply air frying capabilities. There is a wide range of cooking options available with this appliance.

The Emeril Power AirFryer 360 can reheat, toast, bake, rotisserie, dehydrate, roast, broil, slow cook, and warm. In addition to all that air frying action, you have a countertop machine that can basically replace your convection oven! Plus, it comes with the Emeril Lagasse name, one that you can definitely trust.

The five heating elements in the unit combined with the fans give you 360 degrees of high-quality cooking. Things are made even easier when you add in the pre-set buttons for the items you are most likely to cook on a regular basis like french fries or pizza. The unit can even remember the last temperature and time used making it easy to cook multiple batches of the same item.

Features You Will Love

The Emeril Power AirFryer 360 has plenty of special features that set it apart from the other air fryers in its class. Besides the many cooking options, it also has custom toasting options allowing you to make the perfect slice of toast, bagel, or English muffin every single time. Plus, when slow roasting, you have a ten hour option to get meat that literally falls off the bone. Frozen items like chicken nuggets or pizza rolls don&rsquot have to be thawed before popping them in the air fryer.

The exterior of the Emeril Power AirFryer 360 has a modern stainless steel finish that makes it easy to clean while blending seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen decor. Clean up is super-fast because the exterior and interior of the machine can be wiped with a soft sponge or cloth and a nonabrasive soap. The pans and baskets can be put in the dishwasher.

There is 930 cubic inches of cooking space inside your Emeril Power AirFryer 360, which means you can cook an entire 10-pound chicken for dinner with ease. The five different shelf options allow you to prepare multiple food items at the same time saving you time and energy.

You can start cooking from the moment your air fryer arrives! Many units come with a variety of accessories like a crisper tray, pizza rack, baking pan, and an oil drip tray. Some units also include a rotisserie spit and air fryer recipe book. Another perk of ordering the Emeril Power AirFryer 360 is the access you will receive to the online recipe library. Emeril has put together an amazing collection of recipe videos where you can learn to make many of your favorite food items.

Ready to Start Cooking?

Now that you understand all the delicious culinary treats that can be made with an air fryer, you are probably ready to start your own cooking journey. Right? Good news! You are on your way to a healthier lifestyle without giving up any of the delicious flavors that you adore.

You will find that the Emeril Power AirFryer 360 is the perfect countertop appliance to add to your kitchen. It offers so many cooking options in addition to air frying that you can practically ditch your oven, toaster oven, electric pot, and grill!

Start cooking the amazing recipes above. You can find more information on the Emeril Power AirFryer 360, like how to make your purchase, right here!

5 Bonus Low-Carb And Keto Bread Recipes

This transition away from bread can be tough. As you transition away from bread one of the easiest ways to break that habit is to bake keto-friendly bread.

All of these low-carb and keto bread recipes let you eat those foods you might miss on a low-carb diet - sandwiches and grilled cheese. These bread recipes fit perfectly in your healthy packed lunch ideas.

1. Low-Carb Almond Flour Bread - 1.9G Net Carbs

This almond flour bread tastes amazing with butter on it or as a keto grilled cheese.

2. Keto Bagels - 2.4G Net Carbs

Smother these keto bagels with butter or eat them just as they are. With less than 3 grams net carbs per bagel, you can eat the entire thing for lunch.

3. Coconut Flour Mini Cheese Loaves - 1.3G Net Carbs

These coconut flour mini loaves are bite-sized pieces of Heaven! They are packed with fiber and healthy fats that will keep you full all day long.

4. 1-Minute Keto Muffins - 2G Net Carbs

Not only do these keto muffins taste great, but they only take a minute to make. Plus, there are only 4 easy ingredients.

5. Low-Carb 3-Seed Bread - 1.9G Net Carbs

This 3-seed bread has such low net carbs because it has so much fiber in it. It's made with Chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.

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As you transition to eating a bread-free lunch, it's ok to use some of these keto-friendly bread ideas too!

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

One-dish dinners are a dream come true for busy cooks. You can cook everything you need for your meal&mdashin this case, chicken leg quarters and sweet potato wedges&mdashat the same time, and on the same dish. This saves you time, mess, and a whole lot of effort. This dish is quite simple, which is why it&rsquos so great for weeknights. You can change up the herbs (it calls for sage, but rosemary would be good, too) and switch the greens from watercress to butter lettuce or anything you have on hand.

Assembling Our Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Place 2 dill pickle chips on the bottom bun, top with the fresh, hot chicken sandwich and finally with the top bun.

You can also add a sauce if you like. We use a honey BBQ sauce recipe that tastes similar to Chick-fil-A Sauce. Can you tell my family is obsessed with Chick-fil-A?

Serve your chicken sandwich with waffle fries and ketchup


On the opposite end of things, the Chick-fil-A sandwich was docked for its lack of sauce and general dryness. Our tasters wanted some kind of mayo or aioli, just not one that overpowered the whole meal.

Several tasters commented that the Chick-fil-A sandwich would be better with sauce or a slice of cheese. While the McDonald's and Wendy's options came with mayo, lettuce, and tomato, the Chick-fil-A sandwich is just chicken and pickles on a bun. Even the editor who ranked Chick-fil-A in second place said that this sandwich "could definitely use a little dressing."

Newest Video Recipe - Lemon Blueberry Bread

This rich and buttery Lemon Blueberry Bread is bursting with juicy sweet blueberries and brushing the top of the just baked bread (cake) with a hot lemony glaze, not only infuses the bread with a nice citrus flavor but it also makes the bread wonderfully tender and moist.

Lemons have the ability to bring out the best in any fruit they are paired with. This batter calls for lemon zest (the outer yellow skin) as this is where the lemon hides most of its flavor. For this very reason I try to buy organic lemons for some commercially grown lemons are sprayed with insecticides. But, either way, it is good practice to always wash your lemons thoroughly, that means with soap and water, before using.

Wild blueberries are excellent in this quick bread as are their cultivated cousins. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, high in potassium, and low in sodium. Because blueberries are often sold in plastic containers, check the underside of the container for any wet spots or staining. I usually open the container to make sure that the blueberries are a nice dark blue color with a dusty white bloom, and that they are firm, plump, and fragrant. The white bloom is the blueberry's natural protection against the sun and is a sign of freshness. When folding fresh blueberries into any batter use a light hand so they don't crush and stain the whole batter blue. Tossing the blueberries in a little flour helps to prevent them from falling to the bottom of the bread during baking. You can use frozen blueberries. Do not defrost the berries before adding them to the batter. The bread may take several minutes longer to bake.

Stay safe and let's get baking!!

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Chick-fil-A copycat coleslaw recipe

Like many of the delicious menu items at Chick-fil-A, the coleslaw had a bit of a cult following. But, in 2015, the chain made the unpopular move to eliminate it from their menu. Luckily, Chick-fil-A released the recipe on their dedicated blog, The Chicken Wire, and we were able to use it as inspiration for the ultimate Chick-fil-A copycat coleslaw recipe. With just seven ingredients, you can have the perfect side dish for your chicken dinner at home in no time.

Watch the video: CHICKEN NUGGETS SANDWICH (June 2022).


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