How to Make Chicken Nuggets

How to Make Chicken Nugget - Ingredients You'll Need

Chicken Nugget Ingredients. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Homemade chicken nuggets are so much healthier and tastier than fast food or frozen nuggets, and they're a cinch to make, too. Ready to put them to the taste test? Let's get started.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 lb of chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko or Italian)
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • (1) egg, beaten; 3 Tbsp. butter, melted or 3 Tbsp. cooking oil (your choice)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to Make Chicken Nuggets - Chop the Chicken

Chop Up the Chicken. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Trim off any fat from the chicken breasts. Then, chop them up into nugget-sized pieces. You can cut them into chicken tenders, if you'd prefer.

How to Make Chicken Nuggets - Prepare the Bread Crumbs

Bread Crumbs. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan and garlic together in a large bowl. Add any other spices or seasonings that you'd like to include (thyme, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, etc.).

Place the egg, butter or cooking oil in a second bowl.

How to Make Chicken Nuggets - Bread the Nuggets

Bread the Nuggets. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper. Then, dip a nugget into the bowl with your egg, butter or oil, and allow the excess to run off. Now, dip the nugget into your bread crumbs, and coat it completely. Place your first nugget on a cookie sheet (if baking) or a plate (if frying), and repeat with the remaining nuggets.

How to Make Chicken Nuggets - Bake or Fry Your Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

For Baked Nuggets: Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip once halfway through.

For Fried Nuggets: Pour an inch of cooking oil into a pan, and heat to 350-375 degrees. Place the nuggets in the pan, and cook them until they're golden brown on one side. Then, flip them over, and cook the other side. Place the finished nuggets on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any grease.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and watch them disappear!

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Make Some to Freeze

Save time by doubling or tripling this recipe, so you'll have some to stick in the freeze for future meals. If you cook your nuggets before you freeze them, they'll be just as convenient as store-bought nuggets. Just pop them in the oven or microwave to warm them up, and dinner's ready!

Whip Up a Batch of Bread Crumbs

Store-bought bread crumbs are expensive for what they are. Make your own by drying bread out in the oven and pulsing it in a food processor, until you reach your desired size and texture. Then, add whatever herbs or spices you'd like to flavor them. As long as you dry them out well, they'll be shelf stable, too. Make a bunch, and keep them on hand for easy meal prep. Stale bread is perfect for making bread crumbs.