Three delicious recipes to create your own fast food

Sophie King May 6, 2020

McDonald’s recently announced it would open 15 stores in the UK to provide delivery during lock-down. However, the chosen stores didn’t include one near me! I’m sure many more of us were left disappointed.

During this quarantine we’re living through a bit of comfort food would be nice. Here are some easy recipes that are similar to fast-food favourites and will hopefully suffice until our beloved restaurants open again.

McDonald’s chicken nuggets

Feeds four 

You will need:

400g diced chicken breast

Two eggs

Three slices of bread

1 tbsp garlic granules

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp oregano

Mixed herbs

1/4 tsp chilli powder

Pinch of salt

Cooking oil

Take one bowl and break both eggs into it and mix together until smooth. 

Blend or tear up the slices of bread until they are crumbs and place in another bowl. Combine the spices with the bread – I like to use a lot of flavour but it’s up to you how much you choose.

Take each piece of chicken and dip it into the egg before dipping it into the spices bowl. This can be quite messy so have a cloth or bowl of water nearby or wear gloves.

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Once each piece of chicken is coated, take a large frying pan with some oil and turn to a medium heat. Once the oil is hot in the pan, place all the chicken pieces in and fry for 15 minutes until each piece is a crispy golden brown.

Serve with chips, potatoes and a salad.

KFC chicken thighs

Feeds four

Eight chicken thighs

2 tbsp garlic granules

2 tbsp smoked paprika

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

½ tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp oregano

100g flour

Two eggs

Preheat your oven to gas mark 6. Place the two eggs into a bowl and mix until smooth. Sieve the flour, salt, garlic granules, pepper, smoked paprika, oregano and chilli powder in another bowl and mix together. 

Take one chicken thigh and dip it into the egg mixture and then into the second bowl, ensuring it is completely covered. Repeat this with the rest of the chicken.

Take a large frying pan and heat some oil. Place each thigh into the pan and gently fry for about five minutes until the coating starts to crisp. Once brown, place the thighs on a baking tray and cook in the centre of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. 

Your thighs should be sizzling and crispy and hopefully not too far from that delicious KFC taste. 

Pizza

I won’t lie. This isn’t really comparable to your takeaway pizza you might be used to but it’s still nice and only around half the calories! Other topping choices are available, of course. 

Feeds two

You will need:

Two wraps (I used wholemeal and it worked well)

100g tomato puree

300g grated cheddar cheese (feel free to mix it up with mozzarella if you prefer)

Three sausages 

Two garlic cloves

One medium red onion

One tin of sweetcorn

Pinch of salt 

Pinch of oregano

Cooking oil

Pour some oil into a frying pan and turn on a low to medium heat. Meanwhile, cut the sausages into thin pieces.

Place the sausages into the pan and cook for about ten minutes. While they cook, finely chop the red onion and garlic cloves. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5. 

Take the wraps and spread on the tomato puree, leaving about an inch before the edge of the wrap. Place the grated cheese on the wraps before adding the salt and oregano. Then add the onion, garlic and sweetcorn and, finally, the sausage pieces. 

Place the pizzas on a baking tray and cook in the centre of the oven for ten minutes until the wraps are slightly crisp.

Writer for financial services magazine Professional Adviser, currently on a two-month furlough