Oven baked chicken nuggets from scratch are exactly what every grown up needs. You’re going to gobble these up!

oven backed chicken nuggets with dipping sauce

This nugget is chock-full of flavor. We like to serve them with honey mustard for a dipping sauce. These freeze well for later enjoyment. Just freeze before baking and add a few minutes to baking time. These babies have a nice crunchy coating, while the butter keeps the chicken breast nice and juicy.

Most fast food chicken nuggets are made from a meat slurry. Doesn’t that sound tasty? The original fast food chicken nugget was introduced by McDonald’s in 1983. So really, it is quite appropriate to have a good grown-up version under your belt since at 29 years old, it is time for the chicken nugget to act its age!

  • Fried vs. Baked Chicken Nuggets:

    Chicken nuggets are traditionally fried in oil. Baking is a healthier alternative for both adults and children. Just meat and breading, toss in oven! A high temperature will help crisp the nuggets up. Using a dark coated pan will also increase crispiness on the bottom of the nugget.

  • Chicken Options:

    We prefer chicken breasts for nuggets, but you can always use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat. 

  • Dipping Sauces:

    Not sure what to dip your nuggets in? You have SO many options! We love honey mustard, but you should also consider:

    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
    • BBQ Sauce
    • Creamy Ranch
    • Buffalo Sauce
    • Mayo

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