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A chicken nugget being dipped into a red sauce.
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Healthier Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 2 Chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten


  • Sprinkle chicken lightly with ½ 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: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.8mg