Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets
Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets
5 from 1 vote
Enjoy crispy, flavorful chicken nuggets without the guilt. These oven-baked bites are a healthier twist on a classic favorite. Packed with savory seasonings and a crunchy coating, they are perfect for a quick and satisfying meal.
Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets

Looking for a delicious, crispy alternative to greasy fast-food chicken nuggets? Look no further than these homemade oven baked chicken nuggets!

This classic comfort food is a favorite among both kids and adults alike, making it the perfect choice for a family-friendly meal that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

Dating back to the early 1950s, chicken nuggets have become a staple in American cuisine, with variations found all around the world.

The origins of this beloved dish can be traced back to Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, who is credited with developing the first commercially available chicken nugget. Since then, the recipe has evolved, with many home cooks putting their own spin on the classic dish.

While some recipes for chicken nuggets can be complicated and time-consuming, this oven-baked version is simple and straightforward, making it perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

With just a few basic ingredients and a little bit of prep work, you can have delicious, homemade chicken nuggets on the table in no time. So why settle for the frozen, store-bought version when you can easily make your own healthier, tastier alternative at home?


Chicken Breast Fillets: Chicken breast fillets are boneless, skinless cuts of chicken meat that are lean and tender. They are the main protein in this recipe and provide a healthy source of lean protein.

Plain Flour: Plain flour, also known as all-purpose flour, is used to coat the chicken pieces before dipping them in the egg mixture. It helps the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken and creates a crispy crust when baked.

Eggs: Eggs are beaten and used to coat the flour-coated chicken pieces. They act as a binder, helping the breadcrumbs stick to the chicken and creating a crispy coating when baked.

Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs are used to coat the chicken nuggets, adding a crunchy texture to the dish. They can be seasoned with additional herbs and spices for added flavor.

Paprika: Paprika is a ground spice made from dried red peppers. It adds a subtle smoky flavor and vibrant color to the chicken nuggets.

Garlic Powder: Garlic powder is a versatile seasoning made from dehydrated garlic cloves. It adds a savory, umami flavor to the chicken nuggets.

Onion Powder: Onion powder is a pantry staple made from dehydrated onions. It adds a sweet and savory flavor to the chicken nuggets.

Salt: Salt is a crucial seasoning that enhances the flavors of the other ingredients in the recipe. It helps to bring out the natural flavors of the chicken and seasonings.

Black Pepper: Black pepper is a versatile spice that adds a mild heat and earthy flavor to the chicken nuggets. It complements the other seasonings and adds depth to the dish.

Cooking Spray or Olive Oil: Cooking spray or olive oil is used to grease the baking sheet and coat the chicken nuggets before baking. This helps to achieve a crispy texture and prevent the nuggets from sticking to the pan.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

When serving Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets, consider adding dipping sauces such as barbecue sauce, honey mustard, ranch dressing, or buffalo sauce. These sauces add an extra layer of flavor to the crispy nuggets.

  • For a healthier alternative, try using whole wheat breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs in the recipe. This will increase the fiber content of the nuggets.
  • Instead of plain flour, try using almond flour or coconut flour for a gluten-free option.
  • To add a kick of spice to the nuggets, mix in some cayenne pepper or chili powder to the breadcrumb mixture.
  • For a cheesy twist, add some grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese to the breadcrumb mixture before coating the chicken nuggets.
  • Try cutting the chicken breast fillets into smaller pieces to create bite-sized nuggets that are perfect for appetizers or snacks.

Overall, Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets are a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your preferences. Get creative with your seasoning choices and try out different variations to find your favorite way to enjoy these crispy, flavorful nuggets.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make sure my chicken nuggets come out crispy?

For extra crispy chicken nuggets, try coating them in breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes before baking. You can also spray them with cooking oil before they go in the oven for an extra crunch.

Can I make these chicken nuggets gluten-free?

Yes, you can easily make gluten-free chicken nuggets by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed rice cereal as a coating.

What is the best way to reheat leftover chicken nuggets?

To reheat leftover chicken nuggets, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.

Can I freeze these chicken nuggets for later?

Yes, you can freeze unbaked chicken nuggets on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, simply place the frozen nuggets on a baking sheet and bake at the same temperature for a few extra minutes.

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Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets

by Nabeela Kauser
Enjoy crispy, flavorful chicken nuggets without the guilt. These oven-baked bites are a healthier twist on a classic favorite. Packed with savory seasonings and a crunchy coating, they are perfect for a quick and satisfying meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 358 kcal


  • 400 g Chicken Breast Fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 150 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray for greasing


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-assisted) and lightly grease a baking tray with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • In a shallow dish, combine the plain flour with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • In another shallow dish, place the beaten eggs.
  • In a third shallow dish, spread out the breadcrumbs.
  • Coat each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour mixture, then dip into the beaten eggs, and finally coat evenly with breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  • Place the coated chicken nuggets on the prepared baking tray, leaving a little space between each piece.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the chicken nuggets with cooking spray or drizzle with a little olive oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the nuggets are golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through cooking.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.


For extra crispy nuggets, you can double coat the chicken by repeating the egg and breadcrumb process.
Feel free to customize the seasoning according to your preference. Adding herbs like thyme or rosemary can add extra flavor.
These oven-baked chicken nuggets are a healthier alternative to fried nuggets and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 29gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 487mgFibre: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 3mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 80mgIron: 3mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Baked, Chicken, Chicken Nuggets, Cooking, Food, Kids Snacks, Recipe, Snack
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