Nadiya’s wicked tasty Chicken Donuts to blow your mind! | Nadiya Bakes – BBC

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Nadiya Hussain shares her favourite biscuits and bites to snack on at any time of the day. Nadiya believes that a homemade biscuit is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so she kicks off with her deceptively simple but extremely beautiful Italian-inspired amaretti biscuits. They are so easy to make and the perfect treat to have with a cup of tea. Next, Nadiya breaks all the rules with her insanely wicked but ridiculously tasty chicken doughnuts, deep fried for the ultimate crunchy exterior and topped with a spicy savoury dust. Who says doughnuts have to be sweet?

Also on the menu is a colourful tray bake, laced with ginger and turmeric for the perfect bite-sized pick me up. Finally, Nadiya shares her recipe for her chocolate-dipped florentines. Biscuit meets brandy snap – these little delights are elegant, simple and moreish.

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Nadiya Hussein’s Chicken Donuts


For the bread:

  • 550g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 14g fast-action yeast
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100ml cold water
  • 1½ litres oil, to deep fry

For the chicken filling:

  • 1 large chicken breast or 2 small (around 280g)
  • 7 tbsp barbecue sauce (125g)
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise (60g)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 small handful of fresh chives, finely chopped

For the savoury dust:

  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dried coriander


  1. Prep time: 35 minutes, plus rising and chilling. Cook time: 40 minutes.
  2. Start by making the dough. Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and rub in until there are no big butter chunks remaining.
  3. Now add the sugar and salt to one side of the bowl and the yeast to the other side. Mix thoroughly and then make a well in the centre. Mix the eggs and water in a jug, then pour into the well and mix with the dry ingredients until the dough roughly comes together.
  4. If you are kneading the dough by hand, flour the work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and shiny. But I prefer to do it using a mixer, as the dough is quite sticky and buttery. When using a dough hook on a mixer it only needs kneading for 6 minutes on a medium speed.
  5. Leave to prove in a warm place covered with a wet tea towel or greased clingfilm.
  6. Meanwhile, make the filling by boiling the chicken breast in a small pan of water on a medium heat for 15 minutes until the meat is cooked through.
  7. Once cooked, lift the chicken out of the water and leave on a plate until it’s cool enough to handle. Use two forks to shred and pull it apart. Now add flavour to your chicken by adding the barbecue sauce, mayo, chilli flakes and chives and giving it all a good mix around. Cover and set aside in the fridge.
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size, tip out onto a floured work surface. Roll the dough into a sausage shape and cut out 12 equal portions of around 90g each. Making them the same size is important if you want them to fry evenly.
  9. Have a lined and greased baking tray at the ready. Roll out a dough ball to about 12cm diameter. Add a tablespoon of chicken mix, not heaped, into the centre. Gently lift up the edges of the dough from all around the sides and seal the chicken inside, pinching firmly in the centre. Pop it on the tray, pinched side up.
  10. Do this to the rest of them, then pop the tray into the fridge for 1 hour.
  11. In the meantime, make the dust by mixing the garlic, cumin, salt, sugar and coriander.
  12. Just before the hour is up, add the oil to a mediumsized pan. Make sure the oil is not higher than halfway up the sides. Heat the oil on a medium heat – if you are using a thermometer you want the oil to reach 150°C. But if not, you can drop a piece of bread into the oil and if it sizzles and rises to the top, the oil is ready.
  13. Prepare a baking tray lined with kitchen paper to drain the doughnuts on.
  14. Gently place a doughnut into the oil, pinched side up. Don’t overcrowd the pan, just do three at a time.
  15. Cook the doughnuts gently for 6 minutes until golden brown all over. You don’t need to turn them, just occasionally push them down into the oil using a slotted spoon. When ready, take out and pop onto the paper to drain, then pop in the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking through, removing the kitchen paper first. While still piping hot, sprinkle with the savoury dust. Do the same to all of them, frying and sprinkling.
  16. Allow to cool down, then eat them lukewarm, or even totally cooled. All I can say is: you are welcome!

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