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Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen

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My son is a chicken nuggets lover. Admittedly, so am I. 😉 There’s something so nostalgic about dunking a crisp and juicy chicken nugget into buttermilk ranch, or good ‘ol fashioned ketchup. There is, however nothing great about store-bought nuggets. When a box says “made with real chicken breast meat.” Does that mean some are made with fake chicken breast meat? And what else exactly goes into those nuggets?

All of those scientific sounding ingredients must be ok since they’re all approved by the FDA, right? Hmmm… I can tell you exactly what’s in these babies and why I feel good giving them to my babies.

I’ve been working on developing a homemade version of chicken nuggets for some time. I’ve tested countless recipes and, ladies and gents, we have arrived! These are beautifully golden without having to pre-bake the crumbs.

They are low fat, tender and juicy. Did I mention they are real easy to make and you don’t need a meat grinder?

Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Homemade Chicken Nuggets:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
1 Tbsp potato flakes (Found natural flakes at Fred Meyer)
1/3 cup cold water
1 tsp garlic salt (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp salt)
1/8 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup finely crushed corn flakes (from 2 1/2 cups cereal)*
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

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*Note: You can use 3/4 cup panko crumbs instead of corn flakes. To get the panko crumbs golden, spray nuggets with cooking spray before baking and bake for 13 min then broil nuggets additional 2 minutes to give them a golden glow.

How to Make Chicken Nuggets:

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

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1. Pulse 2 1/2 cups corn flakes in a Food Processor until fine crumbs form (or take a rolling pin to them in a large zip-loc bag). In a shallow bowl, stir together 3/4 cup crumbs and 1/4 cup grated parmesan

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2. In the bowl of your clean food processor, combine 1 lb chicken pieces, 1 Tbsp potato flakes, 1/3 cup water, 1 tsp garlic salt, and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Pulse until chicken is finely chopped. P.S. if you don’t have a food processor, by all means, use a meat grinder with the small grinding disk.

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3. With wet hands, roll and flatten chicken into small nugget patties (using about 1 Tbsp of the meat mixture for each nugget). Roll the nugget into bread crumbs, pressing gently for crumbs to adhere.

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Freezing Tip: You can freeze them once they are breaded; freeze them flat for 1 hour, then transfer to ziploc bags and store up to 3 months. When ready to bake them, bake frozen nuggets as directed in the next steps.

4. Transfer nuggets to lined baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 15 min on the middle rack or just until cooked through, flipping them over half way through baking. Remove from oven and let nuggets rest a few minutes before serving. P.S. Don’t over-bake your nuggets or they will start to get dry.

Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen

Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen

Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

4.79 from 89 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Calories: 232 kcal
Servings: 6 people (makes about 24 nuggets)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp potato flakes found these at FredMeyer
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp garlic salt or 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely crushed corn flakes from 2 1/2 cups cereal*
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

How to Make Chicken Nuggets: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Pulse 2 1/2 cups corn flakes in a food processor until fine crumbs form (or take a rolling pin to them in a large zip-loc bag). In a shallow bowl, stir together 3/4 cup crumbs and 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan.
  2. In the bowl of your clean food processor, combine 1 lb chicken pieces, 1 Tbsp potato flakes, 1/3 cup water, 1 tsp garlic salt, and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Pulse until chicken is finely chopped. P.S. if you don't have a food processor, by all means, use a meat grinder with the small grinding disk.
  3. With wet hands, roll and flatten chicken into small nugget patties, using about 1 Tbsp of the meat mixture for each nugget. Roll the nugget into bread crumbs, pressing gently for crumbs to adhere. (Freezing Tip: You can freeze them once they are breaded; freeze them flat for 1 hour, then transfer to ziploc bags and store up to 3 months. When ready to bake them, bake frozen nuggets as directed in step 4).
  4. Transfer nuggets to lined baking sheet and bake at 375˚F for 15 min on the middle rack or just until cooked through, flipping them over half way through baking. Remove from oven and let nuggets rest a few minutes before serving. P.S. Don't over-bake your nuggets or they will start to get dry.

Recipe Notes

*You can use 3/4 cup panko crumbs instead of corn flakes. To get the panko crumbs golden, spray nuggets with cooking spray before baking and bake for 13 min then broil nuggets additional 2 minutes to give them a golden glow.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 707mg31%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Baked Chicken Nuggets. These are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Freezer Friendly! @natashaskitchen

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    Hi Natasha,

    Can I substitute potato flakes with something else? Maybe potato flour or starch?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2014

      You might try bread crumbs like panko and add water to get the texture you want. You might not need quite as much water since potato flakes really take up a good amount of water. Reply

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