Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets that are not only healthier than McNuggets, but they’re also addicting! Skip the drive-through for chicken McNuggets, because these are the BEST chicken nuggets you can make at home!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets that are not only healthier than McNuggets, but they're also addicting! Skip the drive-through for chicken McNuggets, because these are the BEST chicken nuggets you can make at home!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These healthy chicken nuggets are the perfect flavor-packed alternative to fast food chicken nuggets. Made fresh at home, you can have them served up for the whole family in no time! You will not deep fry them, yet, they taste JUST as good dipped in ketchup and ranch dressing.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets that are not only healthier than McNuggets, but they're also addicting! Skip the drive-through for chicken McNuggets, because these are the BEST chicken nuggets you can make at home!

These juicy and tender chicken tenders are perfectly seasoned and cooked to a golden brown and superbly crisp coating. With easy-to-find spices, the chicken is pureed and shaped into chicken pieces that are just like the nuggets we all know and love. The natural flavor of chicken makes these homemade McNuggets better than any fast food or the frozen kind you bake on a baking sheet from a bag.

Chicken Nuggets Ingredients

Ingredients in Chicken Nuggets

  • Chicken breasts – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
  • Yellow potato – Peeled and chopped. This adds flavor and extra substance to the chicken!
  • Garlic – A classic ingredient to always keep on hand!
  • Cornstarch – This is an adhesive and coating necessary for the nuggets to keep their shape
  • All-purpose flour – Combined with cornstarch, this makes the delicious nugget hold their shape
  • Dried parsley – Optional! But, great for color, especially if serving for a crowd
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black pepper – to taste
  • Paprika powder – This adds flavor and color!
  • Olive oil – Don’t you love that they’re not deep-fried? So do we!
Chicken Nuggets Ingredients

First, add the chicken, potato, onion, and garlic to a food processor and grind until it’s all completely smooth. Next, add the cornstarch, flour, parsley, salt, pepper, and paprika and pulse a couple more times until fully incorporated.

How to make Chicken Nuggets

Then, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat then use a 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop out 10-12 balls of the mix out into the pan. After that, spray the back of a spoon with non-stick spray then press down the tops of the balls to form a single layer nugget shape (about 2-inch pieces).

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Finally, let them cook for 2-3 minutes then flip and let them cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through and a golden crust starts to form. No breadcrumbs, oven, baking sheets, buttermilk egg mixture, or excess oil needed! The menu items from your favorite fast-food restaurant are now served at home without a deep fryer!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Easy homemade chicken nuggets with chicken breast are golden and crisp on the outside and juicy and tender inside. They’re freezer-friendly, oven friendly, and air fryer friendly, so make extra.

Homemade Chicken McNuggets

Dry them on a paper towel, large baking sheet, or platter, these nuggets are ready for dipping! If you have many to feed, consider making several batches because they will be eaten quickly! With a side cup of milk, some BBQ sauce, or dips you love, these nuggets have less sodium than the McDonald, Burger King, Chick Fil A, or other fast-food chains.

Homemade Chicken McNuggets

Freezing and Making Ahead

Freezing: Make chicken nuggets, then place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze until solid then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen until golden brown and crisp.
Make ahead: Cooked nuggets can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in a hot oven until warmed through.

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How To Reheat:

Put the frozen chicken tenders straight into the oven or air fryer to crisp back up.

OVEN: Bake in a single layer at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes, until heated through and crisp.

AIR FRYER: Put in the air fryer at 375 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes, shaking halfway through, until heated through.

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My Chicken Nuggets that are not only healthier than McNuggets, but they're also addicting!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Equipment

  • food processor
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pan/Skillet for cooking

Ingredients 

  • 4 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), cut into pieces
  • 1 yellow potato (about 4 ounces), peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ white onion (about 2 ounces), roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more as needed

Instructions 

  • Add the chicken, potato, onion and garlic to a food processor and grind until it’s all completely smooth.
  • Add the cornstarch, flour, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika and pulse a couple more times until fully incorporated.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat then use a 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop out 10-12 balls of the mix out into the pan.
  • Spray the back of a spoon with non-stick spray then press down the tops of the balls to form a nugget shape.
  • Let them cook for 2-3 minutes then flip and let them cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through and a golden crust starts to form.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the remaining chicken mixture then serve with ketchup and garnish with freshly minced parsley if desired.

Notes

These chicken nuggets can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Kelly Dixon

The Blogette is a comfort food website designed to inspire you with easy recipes that are classic, simple, and delicious whether you’re cooking for yourself, family, or friends!


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3 Comments

  1. I think my son would love this recipe, it looks absolutely delicious, even I want to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Made these chicken nuggets for grandchildren and everyone loved them😃. Recipe is easy and comes together in a snap. Minimal cleanup, that’s a win for me. Plus no dredging or deep frying. Winner winner chicken dinner