Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Our go-to homemade Chicken Nuggets recipe! These are so easy and kid-friendly. Baked chicken nuggets are crisp on the outside and tender inside.
- 1 lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless and cut into pieces
- 1 Tbsp potato flakes, (Instant mashed potatoes)
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 tsp garlic salt, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups corn flakes cereal, (3/4 cup crushed)*
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
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.
In the bowl of your clean food processor or high powered blender, 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.
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).
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.
*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.