3 Dipping Sauce Recipes You Should Always Make for Your Chicken Nuggets

All thanks to flavor king Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

3 Dipping Sauce Recipes You Should Always Make for Your Chicken Nuggets

A crispy chicken nugget should be able to stand on its own. But sometimes you want a delicious, spicy sauce to dip it in! Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. knows his chicken and knows his sauces. So here are three of his best dipping sauces for your chicken nuggets (which maybe you cooked with our air fryer hack here!).

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¼ cup pineapple juice

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp white vinegar

½ tsp corn starch mixed into ¼ cup water

Method: Add everything (except the corn starch and water) to a small saucepot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and whisk in cornstarch slurry until desired thickness. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving


¼ cup sweet & sour sauce (above)

¼ tsp cumin

½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp granulated garlic

¼ tsp granulated onion

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

¼ tsp smoked paprika

Cracked black pepper to taste

Method: Whisk everything into a pot on low heat until incorporated.


1 tbsp sweet and sour sauce (above)

1 tbsp yellow mustard

1 ½ tbsp mayo (paleo)

1 ½ tsp white vinegar

1 tsp chopped chives for garnish

Method: Whisk all ingredients together until blended.

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A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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