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!

CHICKEN NUGGETS RECIPE-

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!

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HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN NUGGETS-

  • 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.

COOKING METHODS:

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

SERVING OPTIONS-

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

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

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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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 3gCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 28gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 989mgPotassium: 825mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)