Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets taste so much better than store-bought nuggets. They are easy to make and you don’t have to worry about the added preservatives for freshness. Once you make these chicken tenders, you’ll never go back to buying nuggets.

With a baked and fried option, these will become your go-to recipe for chicken nuggets!

A Homemade Chicken Nugget with a bite taken out.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets



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I love this recipe for chicken nuggets. The ground chicken combined with the flavored breading results in juicy tenders that are ready in under 30-minutes.

My kids love ordering chicken nuggets when we go out to eat. There’s just something comforting and appealing about chicken nuggets. We used to keep frozen store-bought nuggets on hand at home but once we started making the homemade version, the kids no longer ask for store-bought nuggets.


Homemade Chicken Nuggets with a side of ketchup.

How to make homemade chicken nuggets?

TIP: Grind your own meat, fresh meat adds more flavor. I prefer to use chicken thighs and grind the meat on my Kitchen Aid Grinder attachment. The thighs have more fat and are juicer when baked. Chicken breast may also be used if that is what you have available.

There are two great cooking options for homemade chicken nuggets; baked or fried (Note: In the images, the lighter colored nuggets are baked and the darker are the fried.)

  • BAKED: Baked nuggets are healthier than the fried option. Broiling the nuggets at the end of the cooking time with still give the nuggets a crispy finish. If baking the chicken tenders, follow the recipe card.
  • FRIED: Though not as healthy as the baking option, fried nuggets are crispier. Bake the nuggets for 12 minutes in the oven. Then, add to a pan with hot oil. Fry 30-60 seconds per side.

To serve: Enjoy chicken tenders with ketchup, homemade honey mustard sauce, or barbecue sauce. You can also be like my weird kids and enjoy chicken nuggets with ranch dressing, ha!

Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets on a plate with ketchup.

Can I freeze chicken nuggets?

Yes, these nuggets freeze well. Place the uncooked breaded nuggets on a lined cookie sheet (or cutting board) with parchment paper in the freezer for 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. Chicken nuggets will keep in the freezer up to 3 months.

To bake frozen chicken nuggets, first partially thaw nuggets by laying them out on a baking sheet and then add 3-5 minutes to the usual cooking time.

Dipping Homemade Chicken Nuggets into ketchup.

Kids and adults alike are going to love this recipe for Homemade Chicken Nuggets. As a parent, you’re going to feel good about what you are feeding your children. 🙂

Servings: 4
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets taste so much better than store-bought nuggets. They are easy to make and you don’t have to worry about the added preservatives for freshness. 

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp mayo
  • 2 tsp water
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  1. In a bowl, combine the meat, garlic powder, pepper, salt, mayo and water.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs, panko crumbs, parmesan cheese and paprika.
  3. Form the chicken mixture into nugget shapes. Generously coat the nuggets in the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place the nuggets on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated to 375°F oven 12-15 minutes. Flip the nuggets halfway through cooking time.

  6. If frying, remove at 12 minutes and fry nuggets 30-60 seconds per side. Be sure oil is hot when adding the nuggets to a pan.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 18 nuggets.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 278, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 863mg, Potassium: 641mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 23g, Vitamin A: 70%, Calcium: 67%, Iron: 2.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets with ketchup dipping sauce

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Valentina Ablaev

Valentina is a busy wife and mom of five children. She immigrated from Ukraine to the US as a young girl. Growing up, she was accustomed to foods of the Russian (European) cuisine. When she got married and had her own kitchen, she really started to experiment with different foods and cuisines and fell in love with creating recipes combining unique flavors. She now runs a blog, Valentina’s Corner, where she shares her passion and love for from-scratch food, creating content and sharing it with others

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