Battered Chicken Nuggets
Battered Chicken Nuggets
5 from 4 votes
Indulge in the timeless classic of battered chicken nuggets, a delightful treat that satisfies every palate. Dive into the culinary journey of these golden bites and discover why they remain an all-time favourite.
Battered Chicken Nuggets

Crunchy, flavorful, and downright irresistible – battered chicken nuggets are a classic comfort food that never fails to hit the spot.

Originating from the heart of American cuisine, these golden nuggets of joy have become a staple in households and fast-food joints alike. While they may seem like a treat reserved for takeout menus, creating your own batch of crispy chicken nuggets at home is simpler than you might think.

Perfect for a weekend indulgence or a fun family dinner, this recipe for battered chicken nuggets promises to deliver that satisfying crunch with every bite.

With a handful of pantry staples and some tender chicken pieces, you’ll be on your way to creating homemade nuggets that rival any fast-food joint. Don’t let the frying intimidate you – with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be frying up crispy nuggets like a pro in no time.

Expert Tip: Fry the chicken nuggets in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, which can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy nuggets.


Chicken: Cut into bite-sized pieces, chicken provides a juicy and tender center for the crispy batter.

Plain Flour: The base of the batter, plain flour helps to create that signature crunchy coating around the chicken.

Salt: Enhances the flavor of the chicken and the batter, ensuring each bite is perfectly seasoned.

Black Pepper: Adds a subtle heat and depth of flavor to the batter.

Paprika: Infuses a mild smokiness and a hint of color to the batter, elevating its overall flavor profile.

Garlic Powder: Provides a savory kick and enhances the aroma of the batter.

Onion Powder: Adds a sweet and savory depth of flavor to the batter.

Oregano (Dried): Contributes to the herbaceous flavor profile of the batter.

Thyme (Dried): Adds earthy notes and complements the other herbs in the batter.

Egg: Binds the batter together, ensuring it adheres well to the chicken pieces.

Water: Creates a light and airy batter when combined with the egg, resulting in a crispy coating.

Oil: For frying, vegetable oil works best for achieving that perfect golden brown exterior.

Expert Tip: To achieve a lighter and crispier coating, let the chicken nuggets rest for 30 minutes after battering them before frying.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the battered chicken nuggets hot with your favorite dipping sauces, such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing.
  • Pair the nuggets with classic sides like french fries, coleslaw, or a crisp green salad for a complete meal.
  • For a fun twist, use the nuggets to top a bed of nachos or as a filling for tacos or wraps.
  • Enjoy the nuggets as a tasty snack on their own or add them to sandwiches or sliders for a satisfying lunch option.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, marinate the chicken pieces in your favorite seasoning before battering them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?

Yes, you can substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs for chicken breast in this recipe. Just be sure to cut them into similar-sized pieces for even cooking.

Can I make the batter ahead of time?

While you can prepare the batter in advance, it’s best to fry the chicken nuggets immediately after battering them for the crispiest results. If you do need to store the batter, cover it tightly and refrigerate for up to one hour before using.

Can I bake the chicken nuggets instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the chicken nuggets in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. However, the texture may differ slightly from fried nuggets.

How do I know when the oil is ready for frying?

To test if the oil is hot enough for frying, drop a small piece of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready.

Can I freeze leftover chicken nuggets?

Yes, you can freeze leftover chicken nuggets in an airtight container for up to three months. To reheat, bake them in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

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Battered Chicken Nuggets

Battered Chicken Nuggets

by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in the timeless classic of battered chicken nuggets, a delightful treat that satisfies every palate. Dive into the culinary journey of these golden bites.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 284 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken Cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 150 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano Dried
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme Dried
  • 1 Egg
  • 200 ml Water
  • Oil For frying


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried thyme.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then mix in the cold sparkling water. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, stirring until you get a smooth batter. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
  • If desired, you can marinate the chicken pieces in your favourite seasoning for extra flavour. Otherwise, proceed with the next step.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or pot over medium heat. The oil should be about 170°C (340°F).
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the batter, making sure it’s fully coated, and then carefully place it into the hot oil. Fry the chicken in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 4-5 minutes or until the nuggets are golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken nuggets from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • If you prefer, you can let the chicken nuggets proof for 30 minutes before frying. This can help create a lighter and crispier coating.
  • Serve the battered chicken nuggets hot with your favourite dipping sauces.


You can customize the seasoning in the batter according to your taste preferences.
If you like extra crispy nuggets, you can double-coat them by dipping them in the batter a second time after the initial coating has set.
Be cautious while frying and use a thermometer to monitor the oil temperature for best results.
These chicken nuggets are perfect for parties, snacks, or a family-friendly meal.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 17gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 643mgPotassium: 179mgFibre: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 172IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 25mgIron: 3mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Chicken, Finger Food, Food, Kids Snacks, Meat, Ramadan, Recipe, Snack
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