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25-Minute Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

5 from 1 vote
Sharon Berkowitz – @berko_made
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Deliciously crispy baked chicken nuggets made at home in just 25 mins – tender, juicy, flavorful, and utterly satisfying!
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :25 minutes
Servings: 25 nuggets

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 1 pound/450 grams ground chicken
  • 4 challah slices / gluten free bread, crusts removed
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour / corn starch
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned/frozen corn
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs / gluten free breadcrumbs
  • Oil or oil spray

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak the challah slices in water. Squeeze well and crumble into small pieces, then place the crumbled challah in a large bowl and add the chicken, tapioca flour, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix or knead thoroughly until well combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 365 F (185 C).
  • Prepare a bowl with breadcrumbs. With damp hands, shape the mixture into nuggets and cover in breadcrumbs, removing any excess.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spray generously. Place the nuggets and spray them on top as well. Bake for about 15 minutes. Halfway through, flip them over. If they appear dry, spray a little more oil on top.

MY NOTES

homemade baked Chicken Nuggets recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz

Are homemade baked chicken nuggets healthier than fried ones?

Yes, homemade baked chicken nuggets are generally healthier than fried ones. When chicken nuggets are baked instead of fried, they contain less fat and fewer calories, making them a better choice for those seeking a healthier option. Baking reduces the amount of oil absorbed by the chicken, resulting in a lighter and less greasy texture. Additionally, baked chicken nuggets retain more of their natural nutrients compared to fried ones, which can lose some nutritional value during the frying process. By choosing to bake chicken nuggets at home, you can enjoy a guilt-free, crispy, and flavorful alternative to traditional fried nuggets.

Can I make a large batch and freeze them?

Absolutely! You can make a large batch of homemade baked chicken nuggets and freeze them for future convenience. After coating the nuggets with breadcrumbs, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they don’t touch each other. Freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply bake the frozen nuggets in the oven until golden and crispy. It’s a fantastic meal prep option for quick and delicious snacks or meals anytime!

Can I use an air fryer instead of an oven?

Yes, the air fryer provides a faster cooking time and similar crispy results without the need for excessive oil. Simply preheat the air fryer, arrange the coated chicken nuggets in a single layer, and cook until golden and cooked through. It’s a convenient and healthier alternative for those who prefer a quicker cooking method.

What dipping sauces pair well with these baked chicken bites?

Various dipping sauces pair perfectly with homemade chicken nuggets. Popular choices include classic ketchup, tangy barbecue sauce, creamy honey mustard, or a cool and refreshing ranch dressing. These flavorful dips complement the crispy texture and savory taste of the nuggets, adding an extra layer of deliciousness to each bite. Feel free to explore different sauces to find your favorite combination!

Chicken Nuggets recipe
Credit: Sharon Berkowitz

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