Recipe: Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Even before we started eating real food I always thought that homemade chicken nuggets tasted much better than what you can get at most restaurants and grocery stores. And the best part is…you can freeze the leftovers! So if you are in a rush simply pull a few pre-made nuggets out of the freezer and microwave them for 30 – 60 seconds for a quick and guilt-free dinner. In our house this is the kind of “kids’ meal” that is so good the whole family eats it together.

This recipe is also fairly easy once you have the breadcrumbs made. I find that I need whole-wheat breadcrumbs on hand for all sorts of reasons so be sure to make those in advance on a rainy day and store them in the freezer as well. That way they are there and ready when you need them. To freeze the leftover chicken nuggets make sure they are cooked first then layer them between sheets of wax paper in a Tupperware or other freezer-safe container. Enjoy!

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets
  • 1 lb local or organic boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil
  1. Chop the chicken into small chunks and sprinkle them with salt and pepper (if desired).
  2. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  3. In another shallow bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, cheese, paprika, and garlic powder with a fork.
  4. Now you are ready to bread the chicken. There is a simple technique that will make this part very easy. Make one of your hands the “wet hand” and the other one the “dry hand”. With your wet hand toss some of the chicken chunks into the egg mixture until they are coated on all sides. Then with your wet hand drop them on top of the bread crumb mixture. With your dry hand sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top of the chicken and then flip them over a few times until the pieces are coated. Put the coated pieces on a plate while you work on the rest of the chicken.
  5. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat.
  6. Cook the chicken nuggets for several minutes on each side until they are golden brown. You want the nuggets to be cooked all the way through by the time they get brown on the outside. Cut one down the middle to make sure it is fully cooked.
  7. Transfer the nuggets to a plate lined with paper towels to help drain off any excess oil.
  8. Serve with organic ketchup or homemade honey mustard sauce (equal parts honey, mustard, and mayo).
    And don’t forget to freeze the leftovers!

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209 comments to Recipe: Homemade Chicken Nuggets

  • Christy

    I’m a super noob at this, so I just wanted to leave extra advice if there are other noobs like me :)

    And now that I’m here, I realize maybe the advice would have been in the other pages of comments. Oh well.

    1) it could just be my over, so…I baked my nuggets at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I found that my bigger pieces dried out, while my smaller ones are just perfectly. Next time I won’t be so lazy and I’ll cut those bigger pieces down.

    2) I made a big batch for freezing, so I doubled the recipe. Just for messiness’ sake, next time I’ll mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl–and then in another bowl pour iit for dipping as needed. Even if I was careful at making sure there wasn’t too much egg getting into my dry bowl, by the end of my 4 lbs of chicken, my dry bowl was gross. Haha

    The recipe itself tasted great! Will do it again. And for personal preference, I will add some cayenne for a kick.

  • Hayley

    Oh my goodness! I made these tonight for dinner and they were a HIT!!!
    I went ahead and added salt and pepper to the dry bowl and left out the parmesan-didn’t want to take the extra 3 minutes it would have taken to grate some ;)
    Baked at 400 degrees for 20 mins and they came out crispy and perfect with such a yummy flavor!
    Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Zandra

    How do you reheat after freezing?

  • Linda

    Have you ever added veggies to the nuggets?

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