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Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Whether you have kids you’re cooking for, or you are a kid at heart, these baked chicken nuggets are the nostalgic treat you need to make for dinner! The best part about this recipe is that our crispy chicken nuggets are more flavorful and healthier than the fast food version. 

overhead baked chicken nuggets with fries

What to serve with crispy baked chicken nuggets

The beauty of our crispy baked chicken nuggets is that they taste SO good on their own. This is all thanks to the seasoning we include in the chicken nugget mixture! Chicken nuggets are super versatile when it comes to how to serve them.

You can go with a classic ketchup dip, or you can try out these dips:

  • We love a solid one-to-one mixture of ketchup and mayo.
  • Barbecue sauce is another classic!
  • You can make your own honey mustard by combining equal parts honey, mustard and mayo. We recommend starting with a tablespoon of each with a pinch of salt and adjusting based on your taste preferences. 
  • And if you are looking for something decadent, try out our delicious Romesco Sauce. It is meant to go with fried burrata, but it will taste great with these chicken nuggets! 

These baked chicken nuggets taste good, AND are good for you!

That’s right! This delightful handheld snack is as healthy as it is tasty. Most chicken nuggets are deep fried in oil. In fact, some popular fast food chains notoriously deep fry their nuggets in beef fat. The traditional chicken nugget is greasy, and doesn’t leave you feeling good.

Our crispy baked chicken nuggets are the total opposite! We use chicken breast, which is naturally low in fat compared to other cuts of chicken. We also bake these chicken nuggets instead of frying them, making them so much better for you than fast food nuggets! 

closeup overhead baked chicken nuggets with ketchup

How to make crispy baked chicken nuggets

  1. Place 2 large chicken breasts in a food processor. Next, add the cooked potato, red onion and roasted red pepper to the food processor. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and starch, and place the parsley on top. 
  2. Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until they are thoroughly combined. 
  3. Remove the chicken mixture from the food processor, and form into little nuggets. Each nugget will be about a heaping tablespoon.
  4. Pour the panko bread crumbs onto a plate.
  5. Roll the raw chicken nuggets in the panko bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Pop the chicken nuggets in the oven and bake on x for x
  7. Serve warm!

How to store crunchy baked chicken nuggets

One thing we LOVE about these baked chicken nuggets is that they are really easy to make in advance. It’s all because they store super well in the fridge and freezer! 

After you bake the chicken nuggets, allow the leftovers to fully cool. Place them in an airtight container and you can store them in the fridge for about 3 days. If you are freezing them, we recommend storing them in a freezer safe bag. You can use a single use plastic freezer bag or a reusable silicone bag. The crispy chicken nuggets will last for 3 months in the freezer.

The great thing is that you can freeze them before or after you bake the chicken nuggets. If you are making a big batch to help make future mealtime easier but don’t have time to bake a whole bunch, you can easily store these before baking them. 

To store a big batch of chicken nuggets before baking them, follow the instructions until right before you roll the nuggets in the panko bread crumbs. Place the raw, un-breaded nuggets on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop it in the freezer for 3 hours. Next you can bag them up to store them long term in the freezer (for up to 3 months!). To make them, defrost the nuggets in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Right before baking, roll them in panko and bake them as you would if you made them fresh!

Just make sure to wash your hands every time you touch the frozen raw nuggets because bacteria can still transfer.

Handheld dinners your family will love

  • With just six ingredients, you can probably make our Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks with what you already have in your kitchen. 
  • And speaking of cheesy air fryer recipes, our Cheesy Garlic Toast is perfect the perfect handheld side to accompany dinner!  
  • Our Baked Sweet Potato Fries might be simple, but boy is it delish! This mouthwatering side dish is also nutritious with loads of fiber, vitamin B and protein!
  • We must admit, we love our air fryer! These Crispy Air Fryer Potato Nuggets are similar in shape to our baked chicken nuggets, but they taste like fried mashed potatoes. You have to try it! 

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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These homemade chicken nuggets are easy and delicious! Great for kids AND adults!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup jarred roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 small red onion (or 1/2 large onion)
  • 1 small cooked russet potato
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup Japanese bread crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place 2 large chicken breasts in a food processor. Next, add the cooked potato, red onion and roasted red pepper to the food processor. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and starch, and place the parsley on top. 
  • Pulse the ingredients in the food processor until they are thoroughly combined. 
  • Remove the chicken mixture from the food processor, and form into little nuggets. Each nugget will be about a heaping tablespoon.
  • Pour the panko bread crumbs onto a plate.
  • Roll the raw chicken nuggets in the panko bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet.
  • Pop the chicken nuggets in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and chicken is cooked through!
  • Serve with ketchup or your favorite condiments!
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