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Baked Chicken Nuggets

January 27, 2016 (Last Updated: December 5, 2020)

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Baked Chicken Nuggets – perfectly crunchy and full of flavor.  These chicken nuggets are baked in the oven in just 15 minutes.  These chicken nuggets are made with panko bread crumbs and are perfect for lunch or dinner.

Baked chicken nugget being dipped into a sweet and sour sauce.

There’s just something about a chicken nugget that everyone loves.  I have three teenage kids and on those rare times we go to a fast food restaurant, at least one of them will order nuggets.  I don’t know what it is – the small size, the fact you can dunk ’em, or the crunchy coating.

These baked chicken nuggets are 100 times better than those fast food kind.  They are quick, easy, crunchy, and oh so yummy!  And as I always say, there’s nothing better than knowing what’s in your food.

Oven baked chicken nuggets on a baking sheet.

I used boneless chicken breasts for these nuggets.  Boneless chicken thighs would also work.  Consistent size, especially thickness really matters.  If you have some really thin ones and some really thick ones, they will not cook at the same time.  The thin ones will become overcooked and dry.

My goal when making these was to make them quick, tasty, and healthy.  I can get these on the table in 30 minutes and my kids love them (so do I!)

To make these, you need to toast the bread crumbs  first.  I just use a sauté pan and place  the panko bread crumbs into the pan and dry toast them over low heat.  Don’t be tempted to skip this step. It’s really the key to making these nuggets golden brown.

Baked Chicken Nuggets being dipped into a sauce.

Tips for making chicken nuggets

  • Brown bread crumbs first
  • Bake on a greased baking rack
  • Keep chicken pieces uniform in size

Chicken Nuggets on a baking rack

These baked chicken nuggets are definitely a winner in our house and this recipe will be used again and again.  These are great dipped in barbecue sauce, a spicy red chili sauce or jalapeno apricot sauce.

Chicken Nuggets piled on a plate.

We like to dip these nuggets in homemade barbecue sauce or sweet and spicy mustard.

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A chicken nugget being dipped into a red sauce.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Healthier Chicken Nuggets
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 307 kcal


  • 2 Chicken breasts (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 whole eggs (lightly beaten)


  • Sprinkle chicken lightly with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Toast panko bread crumbs in a nonstick skillet over low heat.
  • In a large, shallow dish mix panko,remaining  salt, pepper, onion powder, parsley and paprika.
  • Put flour in another shallow dish.
  • Set up a a baking sheet with a baking rack on top. Lightly spray baking rack with a non-stick spray.
  • Working with each piece of chicken, one at a time, dredge chicken into flour, dip into egg, and then into panko mixture.
  • Place on baking rack.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Test one piece to ensure it is cooked through. If not fully cooked, place back in oven for 3- 5 additional minutes.
  • Do not overcook or the chicken will be dry.


You can use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
Cut chicken into similar sized pieces.
Toast bread crumbs to achieve a golden color. Don't skip this step or your nuggets will look uncooked after the 10 minutes in the oven.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 29gFat: 4gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1171mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2.8mg
Keyword baked chicken nuggets, chicken nuggets, homemade chicken nuggets
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  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    January 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    OMG! I’m totally guilty of the local chicken nuggets. I can’t help myself. I love your home version!

  • Reply
    January 28, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I make similar chicken nuggets and I know how they are, my kids go crazy everytime I make them (so thanks for the reminder). I toast the panko in the oven on a large baking tray.

    • Reply
      January 29, 2016 at 6:07 am

      That’s a great way to toast the panko crumbs!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    January 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    5 stars
    I still have a weakness for chicken nuggets! I just can’t resist them! I love that these are healthier and easy so I can get my fix without feeling bad about it 🙂

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    January 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy! These are absolutely amazing. I love that they aren’t processed. They would disappear so fast at my house and there would be nothing left to freeze. Awesome, simple recipe.

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 28, 2016 at 6:56 am

    My husband is a big, little kid and he LIVES for nuggies! I love that these are baked and freezer friendly! Totally need to make a BIG ‘ole batch and keep them on hand for the hubster (and me). Cheers, my dear!

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    David @ Spiced
    January 28, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Chicken fingers are right up there on the list of comfort foods, Kathy! I think it’s because they remind me of childhood…and because they’re delicious. I love this homemade version. And a big thumbs up to regrouping and figuring out how to make these not only taste great, but look great, too! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 28, 2016 at 6:03 am

      They are a perfect comfort food! Thanks, David!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

    My son Casey is a HUGE chicken nugget fan! He comes home for break at the end of February and I know exactly what I’ll be making him! Thanks Kathy! Casey thanks you too!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2016 at 5:31 am

      I hope Casey loves these nuggets!

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    January 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade chicken nuggets are so much healthier than store-bought! Real chicken, not processed! It’s great that they are baked, and those Panko crumbs look so crunchy!

    • Reply
      January 27, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      The Panko crumbs add so much crunch!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    January 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Yummy! Love chicken nuggets and especially love them when they are baked and healthy. Pretty smart about toasting the Panko crumbs too 🙂

    • Reply
      January 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Baked, healthy, and tasty! That’s the winning combo!

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