These baked chicken nuggets are simple, yet yield a flavorful, moist baked version of chicken nuggets that grown ups can love just as much as kids. They are the best baked chicken nuggets ever!
These chicken nuggets use real chicken breast meat so you know they will be a much higher quality than that ground bunch of mystery stuff you find in the drive thru. They are dipped in butter and rolled in a flavorful bread crumb mixture that includes cheese. Yes, cheese. It makes everything better! If you are looking for a lower fat option, you can use buttermilk (or a buttermilk substitute) in place of the butter. Buttermilk will give the chicken nuggets more of a fried chicken flavor.
Can you double this recipe?
Looking to feed a crowd or make some easy freezer meals for the future? Good news, this recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled with ease. You’ll simply need a larger mixing bowl and more baking sheets. Double all ingredients. The cooking time will remain the same.
How many chicken nuggets will this recipe make?
The number of chicken nuggets that you will get from each chicken breast depends on the size of the chicken breast and how small or large you cut each piece. We have found that on average we get about 40 chicken nuggets.
Can I freeze these to cook later?
You can easily make these ahead of time and freeze them before baking for a quick and easy freezer meal. Prepare the chicken nuggets as directed by breading them and placing them onto a baking sheet. Instead of baking, just pop the baking tray into the freezer. Once frozen transfer them to a resealable plastic freezer bag. When you are ready to eat, just pop them back onto a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree F oven for 30-35 minutes. These chicken nuggets will stay good in the freezer for 1-2 months.
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The Best Baked Chicken Nuggets
- 3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed and cubed
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease one to two baking sheets.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, and salt.
- Working one at a time, or in small batches, dip chicken pieces in melted butter to coat, then transfer to bread crumb mixture to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch between each piece.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through and chicken is no longer pink in the middle, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.