Homemade McDonald's: teacher hailed a 'hero' for perfecting McNuggets

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An Australian teacher has been hailed a hero and earned herself some serious street cred with her students after perfecting a recipe most would consider mission impossible - McDonald's chicken nuggets.

The step-by-step guide to home cooked nuggets was posted to the McDonald's at Home Facebook and Instagram accounts, where it has since gone viral.

"Last night I challenged myself to create what some in this group had attempted but never seemed to nail - the iconic 6 pack o' nuggs and sweet and sour dipping sauce," Bernadette Francis writes.

"Nuggs were made with chicken breast, triple coated in a zip lock bag of flour, salt, vegeta, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper with an intermittent egg wash," she continues. "I also popped them in the freezer between the second and third coats to ensure crispiness a la OG."

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So, what was the verdict?

According to the proud chef, the nuggs scored 9/10 for taste: "delish but took one point off for having too much flavour compared to the original", Ms Francis writes. When it came to their "looks", the nuggets also scored a very impressive nine. "Size was perfect," she explains, "as was coating thickness". But it wasn't what she called a "100 per cent deception".


"Too much variation in the freckles of pepper on the coating," she concedes.

But while the Perth-based high school teacher had her doubts that she'd be about to replicate the famous sweet and sour sauce, Ms Francis reckons her final effort came "pretty damn close".

"Made with apricot jam, garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, mustard, white wine vinegar, glucose syrup and cornstarch - blitzed and then reduced over a gentle simmer," she writes.

For taste, the sauce scored 9/10. "So so so close to the original, dare I say it, perhaps even better," Ms Francis continues, adding that points were deducted for "thirst-inducing qualities" because it left her "really dry" in the mouth.

Despite having the "perfect" colour, the sauce clocked up 8/10 for "looks" over all. "Viscosity was not exact (a little too thick), and there were little flecks of apricot that my poor hand held blitzer couldn't smoosh up," she says.

All in all, however, Ms Francis was pretty pleased with her efforts. "Lots of success was had in the kitchen last night," she writes, adding that she was feeling "on top of the world".

"There's nothing like the feeling of almost nailing a nugg".

While we want to take this opportunity to pass our congratulations onto Ms Francis (if you have a child who only eats chicken nuggets, then you're very welcome), we also want to take a moment to reflect on the very existence of the Homemade McDonald's movement. Over on Facebook, the group boasts 20,000 members, all of whom must follow stringent rules if they want to share their own recipes. McDonald's enthusiasts are invited to replicate any current or past menu item (drinks and desserts are acceptable too) with one of the conditions stipulating that they "must show bite photo," with the finished product. And while vegetarian/Vegan substitutes are OK, " a level of aesthetic replication must be upheld".

Now, if nuggets aren't your McDonald's item of choice there's no need to despair. Over on Instagram you can peruse other examples of Homemade Maccas, including this Big Mac:

This vegan McChicken:

And Ms Francis' apple pie.