The Best Homemade Chicken Nuggets

The Best Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These homemade chicken nuggets are baked to perfection with a crispy crunch on the outdoors and melt in your mouth tender chicken on the inside. Made with my unique strategy, these chicken nuggets are effortless for toddlers and little ones to consume, and scrumptious for adults!

Chicken nuggets are are a prevalent staple in the eating plan of lots of little ones.  They are extremely accessible at quickly meals restaurants as nicely as in every single freezer section at the grocery retailer.  As significantly as little ones adore chicken nuggets from any supply, the truth is that the most effective chicken nuggets are homemade.  They are fresh, scrumptious and you do not have to wonder what sort of meat is ground up and packaged in your nuggets.

We’ve all produced chicken nuggets working with bite size pieces of chicken, rolled in a breading, and baked, proper?  We consume these a lot and adore them!  But, we began pondering how really hard that is for toddlers and younger little ones to chew. Sometimes, meat can be in particular challenging for toddlers with out all their teeth.  One purpose processed nuggets are so preferred amongst tiny little ones (beyond the salt, fat, and chemical compounds), is of course that they are less complicated to consume.  So, I decided to make our personal ‘Un-Processed’ nuggets and they turned out totally incredible!

kid-friendly homemade chicken nugget in a star shape being dipped into sauce

Ingredients to Make Kid-Friendly Homemade Chicken Nuggets

  • Chicken Breast – you will want to use boneless skinless chicken breast, You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you want the meat to be a bit more wealthy and moist.
  • Egg – this acts as a binder to the chicken and assists it to remain in ‘nugget’ type.
  • Bread Crumbs – you can use common bread crumbs, or for an further crispy version, attempt working with Panko bread crumbs.
  • Butter – this is optional, but assists to crisp up the outdoors of the nuggets.

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ingredients for kid-friendly homemade chicken nuggets: chicken breast, breadcrumbs, butter, salt, eggs, and honey mustard for dipping sauce

How Do You Make Homemade Chicken Nuggets?

The standard way homemade chicken nuggets are produced is by cutting up bite size pieces of chicken breast, dredging them in a flour mixture, egg mixture and then a breadcrumb mixture.  After that nuggets can either be baked, deep fried, pan fried, or even air fried! Making chicken nuggets working with this strategy is a super effortless way to make them and they turn out scrumptious.  But maintain reading for our more kid-friendly strategy!

  1. Start by cooking the chicken breast.  We chose to boil our chicken to assist maintain it moist.  You can use what ever strategy you choose to cook your chicken breast, just be conscious that if your chicken breasts come out as well dry, your nuggets will also be dry.  So make confident you do not overcook your chicken.
  2. Combine your cooked chicken in a blender or meals processor with the egg and salt. Blend it with each other till you have a somewhat ground mixture.
  3. Shape your chicken nuggets. To make these chicken nuggets more entertaining, since the chicken is soft and moldable just after blending,  you can shape them!  Dino nuggets are sold in a lot of shops, so if you have a dinosaur mold to use, that could be entertaining.  But truly you can attempt any shape.  If you want to make shapes, press the chicken mixture into cookie cutters, and then press them into bread crumbs.  It does not take that extended and little ones adore when their meals is presented in a entertaining special way.  They can also assist with this step – just make confident they wash their hands fantastic just after!
  4. Bake. Once your nuggets are formed, spot on a cookie sheet to bake.  We drizzled with a tiny butter, so they would come out crispier.. completely optional! Then, bake at 400 for about 10 minutes (flip half way by way of to get each sides crispy.
  5. Serve with your preferred dip like ketchup, honey mustard, ranch, or BBQ sauce. Enjoy!
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Can You Freeze Homemade Chicken Nuggets?

Yes!  This is a terrific recipe to make in a big batch and freeze some for a speedy meal later.  To freeze these chicken nuggets:

  1. Make following the recipe which includes baking the nuggets
  2. Let the nuggets cool totally.
  3. Portion out nuggets and spot them in an airtight container or freezer bag.  Label.
  4. Freeze for up to 2 months.

To Reheat:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place nuggets on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake till heated by way of, about 30 minutes.  Flip half way by way of to get them crispy on each sides.

homemade chicken nuggets in shapes on a baking tray

Variations and Substitutions with Homemade Chicken Nuggets

  • Egg Substitute. If you cannot have eggs, you can make a flax egg that performs truly nicely in this recipe. Just mix 1 tablespoon flax seeds with 4 tablespoons water and whisk till frothy. Then add it to your chicken just like an egg.
  • Flavored Breadcrumbs. If you want to add more flavor to your bread crumbs, you can add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to give it a salty flavor and more crunch.
  • Buttermilk. To give these a bit more richness and assist the bread crumbs stick, you can dip the chicken in buttermilk and then breadcrumbs.
dinosaur shaped homemade chicken nugget with a bite taken out

More of Our Favorite Chicken Nugget Recipes for Kids

Vegetarian Nugget Recipes

kid-friendly homemade chicken nuggets in star and dinosaur shapes on a plate with dipping sauce
  • 1/2 pound chicken breast 2 big breasts
  • 2 big eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or panko
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • Cook chicken breast just till carried out. You can boil, bake or cook in the immediate pot. Make confident you never overcook or your nuggets will be dry.
  • In a meals processor or blender, pulse with each other cooked chicken breast, eggs, salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • To make shapes, press the chicken mixture into cookie cutters. Then press into your bread crumbs.  If you never want to make shapes, roll a compact ball of chicken mixture into a ball, and slightly press till flat and shaped like a chicken nugget. Then press into breadcrumbs.
  • Place nuggets onto a cookie sheet.  Drizzle with melted butter to make them crispier.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Flip halfway by way of to get each sides crispy.
  • Serve with your preferred dip like honey mustard, ketchup, spicy mustard, BBQ sauce, or ranch. Enjoy!

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: .2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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Natalie Monson

I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of meals and sturdy promoter of healthful habits. Here you will come across lots of scrumptious recipes complete of fruits and veggies, ideas for finding your little ones to consume improved and come to be intuitive eaters and lots of sources for feeding your loved ones.

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