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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!
Hand dunking a chicken nugget into a bowl of ketchup
 

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.

White Plate full of Chicken Nuggets and a cup of ketchup.

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.

These chicken nuggets are simple, yet yield a flavorful, moist baked version of chicken nuggets that grown ups can love just as much as kids.

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White Plate full of Chicken Nuggets and a cup of ketchup.
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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  • 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. 
Notes
You can substitute 1/2 cup buttermilk for the melted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Anika Bhatia

5 stars
I just made these and my husband and I loved them! I baked them on a wire rack to get them crispy on all sides and served with a creamy jalapeño dip I made and we ended up eating way more than we should lol!

Peggy

Would you share recipe for creamy jalapeño dip?

Dayana

Big thx for this great recipe!
My husband and I are beginners in cooking and and we just tried this easy delicious recipe and really enjoyed it!
Thank you for the videos as well.
We really like that’s your recipes can easily be made at home and we like that you mention the details that we might ask while watching or reading.
For those who didn’t try yet these baked chicken nuggest, it’s definitely worth a try!

Sam

4 stars
Making right now! They smell amazing!

Hilda

5 stars
Thanks fir the recipe. I love everything you publish!

Janet Anderson

These look so good and easy

Rena Hinson

Looks Amazing my grandkids love Chicken Nuggets I love spicy !!!

Tonya

5 stars
these look great, next on my list to cook (Thank you)

These are SOOOO delish!

PS You are killing it with the back light!

Will be making these soon!

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