The secret of Tempura coated nuggets

The chicken nugget in general is maturing. The tempura coating is one of the defining factors in this new gold rush. Market leaders in the fast food sector/market are in the process of demanding the so-called ‘golden standard’ nugget. Meeting these tougher demands means mixing and applying a tempura that guarantees a very consistent, high-quality end product. With all the know-how about the tempura application, built up over the past 50 years, GEA is the partner to go for gold.

The secret is all in the mix

Perfect shaped nuggets

The way in which the product is mixed is critical to the success of the forming process. Through many years of developing mixing technology GEA has perfected the process. By measuring the torque within the GEA ProMix as the product is chilled, GEA engineers can help customers to hit the optimum level of chilling every time, taking the guess work away and allowing the GEA MaxiFormer to run continuously for many hours without clogging. If customers experience difficulties in getting the mix right, GEA Food Technologists will work with them, until it’s perfect. 

'It's all in the mix' also applies on the tempura batter mix as consistent tempura viscosity is essential for optimizing pick-up, therefore avoiding give-away and ensuring crunchiness of the product. With GEA TempuMixer II manufacturers can achieve that.

The secret is going for gold

Tempura nuggets in basket

GEA frying equipment helps you achieve crisp, crunchy and golden-colored nuggets. The formed and coated nuggets are flash fried in GEA EasyFry to stabilize the coating and give color. Designed to meet the highest safety standard, the fryer features low oil consumption, self-supportive oil filtration and recipe control and with our oil management solutions you can extend your oil lifespan up to 5 times! 

During cooking the goal is to fully cook the product to guarantee food safety and to achieve the desired yield and juiciness of the end-product. The flash-fried nuggets go through GEA CookStar three-phase spiral oven, where steam and heat is added. Steam has a lot of latent heat and is therefore very effective to transfer energy into the nugget. Due to the higher humidity less moist is lost, therefore achieving higher yields.

The secret is complete line control

GEA installed the first fully automated chicken nugget line at Danpo A/S in Denmark, leader in fully cooked chicken products. On this line they produce a range of chicken nuggets under its ‘Your Chicken’ brand. The line includes the GEA MaxiFormer at its heart, providing high-quality nuggets in a fully automatic, high production process, using the minimum of labor. Watch the video to see how they grind, mix, coat, cook, fry, freeze and pack chicken nuggets day in, day out with only 2 operators.

The secret is GEA’s advanced technology

Mixing, forming, coating, frying, cooking, freezing and packaging, GEA can supply the complete automated tempura coated nugget line.