Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Skip the drive thru and the frozen food aisle.  Here is an easy chicken nugget recipe that is both kid, and husband, friendly.  I grew up eating these and I have hardly tweaked the original recipe from the Eater’s Choice cookbook.  Now I make sure to cook enough so there is leftovers for the kids lunches.

A note about breadcrumbs.  I use the heels of my bread and pulse them in the food processor.  I have also used panko breadcrumbs as well and they come out just as crunchy.

3-4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
2 Tbl Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Cup Breadcrumbs (2-3 pieces of bread)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Dipping Sauce~ 2 1/2 Tsp Honey and 2 Tbl Dijon Mustard

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, about 8 pieces per breast.

Mix oil, garlic, pepper and chicken in a zip top bag and marinate about 30 minutes. (You can do it in the morning and let it sit till evening, or just marinate for a few minutes, it doesn’t make a huge difference in taste.)
Mix Breadcrumbs with cayenne pepper. Roll chicken pieces in bread crumbs and place on a large cookie sheet. I line my cookie sheet with a silpat to make clean up easy.

Bake for 15 minutes until brown and cooked through.

Use honey mustard sauce or ketchup for dipping.
Serves 4.

Chicken Nuggets Honey Mustard Sauce

I’m sharing this recipe over at Melt in Your Mouth Monday

About Emily Roach

Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.


  1. I made these for the girls tonight-yum! Thanks for a simple and great recipe. They were a hit!

  2. Off to try these! Cayenne, really? I trust you, so will do although it would not occur to me to add it. Thanks for another great recipe.

  3. These look delicious! We’re big fans of honey mustard dipping sauce too. If you’re looking to add a little protein and go for a creamy texture, add some Plain Chobani into your mix!

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