Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Calories: 232 kcal
Servings: 6 people (makes about 24 nuggets)


  • 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


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.