Easy Chicken Nugget Recipe

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on October 18, 2010

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I’ve been eyeing this recipe for chicken nuggets from All Recipes for a while. One thing I like about it is that the chicken is baked, not pan fried. I just don’t have much luck pan frying meat or fish. Everything always seems to fall apart and while it often tastes good — it looks terrible.

The night I made these chicken nuggets I almost opted for something else. It was a hectic day with the kids and my husband wasn’t going to make it home for dinner. But this was so easy and it turned out great. Instead of butter I used eggs and I backed off the seasonings a bit.

These would also work as appetizers for a party. You could use a honey mustard or barbecue sauce for the dip. We used ketchup, my daughters favorite. And while she didn’t that much, she seemed to like them enough.

So, who out there makes their own chicken nuggets or tenders at home?

Serves: 4-6

-1 lb chicken tenders or 3 chicken breasts
-1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon dried thyme
-2 teaspoon dried basil
-2 eggs

Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken tenders in half or if using breasts cut into 1 1/2 inch size pieces. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Whisk eggs in a bowl for dipping. 

Dip chicken pieces into the eggs, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place well coated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. For best results, turn chicken pieces over after 15 minutes of cooking.


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Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) October 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

We love homemade chicken nuggets…haven’t bought them from the frozen aisle in years! I did a series last year on the Search for The Perfect Chicken Nugget on my blog. We have several favorites now–they are so much tastier than the pre-made kind and much quicker to make than people think! And of course, so much better for you!


Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

That’s great Brenda. Thanks for sharing!


AKeo October 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

I’ve made homemade chicken nuggets for my son using ground chicken and adding veggie puree. My husband and I have made chicken fingers but we use the deep fryer (I know, so unhealthy). But I like this idea for all 3 of us – and the baked part.


Angi October 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I don’t do it often, but I made chicken nuggets one time and they were so good and moist. Instead of dipping in the egg and then coating with bread crumbs, my recipe said to coat it in mayonnaise and then dip in bread crumbs, just a thought.


Lynn November 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I made baked chicken nuggets last night using dry rice cereal, ground flax seed, and Old Bay spice. I also coated zucchini sticks with the same combination. Turned out pretty good, and used up the rice cereal my daughter won’t eat anymore!


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