These homemade chicken nuggets are not only loved by kids but adults too! Crispy and crunchy exterior with a juicy and flavorful inside, the best nuggets recipe. 

Crispy chicken nuggets topped with fresh chopped greens on a white plate with a bowl of ketchup.

If you love crispy chicken then you have to try our crispy chicken tenders or our buttermilk chicken sandwich!


This kid-friendly homemade nuggets recipe is so easy to make and truly the best! The crunchy and crispy crust with a juicy and flavorful chicken filling is heaven in every bite. Serve these with our homemade chick-fil-a sauce and you have got yourself a delicious lunch or dinner!

Close up picture of a white plate loaded with chicken nuggets topped with fresh greens.


  • Make: Combine all the ingredients for the nuggets.
  • Shape: Shape the meat into chicken nuggets.
  • Coat: Dip into the panko crumbs.
  • Fry: Fry the chicken until crispy.
  • Enjoy: Enjoy it with your favorite dipping sauce.

And, that is it my friends. This is how simple it is to make homemade chicken nuggets!

Step by step collage on how to make homemade chicken nuggets.


    • Spay the air fryer basket with baking spray and add the nuggets into the basket. Cook at 400°F for 8-10 minutes.
    • Add the nuggets to a baking sheet and bake at 375°F for about 14-16 minutes, or until cooked.


You can enjoy these nuggets in so many different ways. Here are some of our favorite ways:

Golden and crispy chicken nuggets on a white plate topped with fresh greens.


Can I make my chicken nuggets ahead of time?

You can make the chicken nuggets ahead of time, just cover the mixture then dip in crumbs right before frying.

How to reheat chicken nuggets?

You can reheat the chicken nuggets in the oven or air fryer. Just cook until reheated.

How to freeze nuggets?

You want to freeze the chicken nuggets uncooked on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper, then transfer to a freezer bag. Thaw and cook with whatever method you enjoy.

Can I subsitite for ground turkey?

Yes, easily substitute the ground chicken with ground turkey and continue with recipe instructions.

A plate loaded with chicken nuggets topped with fresh greens, with a bowl of ketchup.

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Chicken Nuggets

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
These homemade chicken nuggets are not only loved by kids but adults too! Crispy and crunchy exterior with a juicy and flavorful inside, the best chicken nuggets recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


chicken nuggets

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp mayo
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • In a bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, black pepper, salt, mayo, and water.
  • Shape 12 even sized nuggets out of the ground chicken mixture. In a seperate bowl add the crushed panko crumbs and coat each nugget on all sides.
  • In a deep skillet, add oil for frying (about 1-inch deep). Once oil is hot, add the chicken nuggets into the skillet (work in batces if needed).
    Cook the nuggets about 4-5 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking (until all sides are crispy and golden).
  • Remove from skillet and serve with desired sides and condiments.
  • Enjoy.


3g Serving291kcal Calories11g Carbs28g Protein15g Fat4g Saturated Fat1g Trans Fat131mg Cholesterol989mg Sodium825mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar2IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C40mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 989mg43%
Potassium 825mg24%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)