Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets


Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Learn how to make chicken nuggets at home with this simple, kid-approved recipe.

Making chicken nuggets at home is a fantastic way to make kid-friendly meals that are actually healthy. Our easy homemade chicken nuggets recipe is breaded and baked right at home. These easy chicken nuggets without bread crumbs are perfect for at-home lunches and those dinners when you just know your little one will not eat what the adults are munching on. Plus, adults love these, too! Serve these nom-worthy nuggets with homemade ketchup or honey mustard sauce.

From the Chef: There's no need to buy chicken nuggets from the frozen food aisle or the fast food drive-through when it's this easy to make them right at home! If you'd like, experiment with different dipping sauces to please everyone at the table.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Easy Chicken Recipes: 103 Inventive Soups, Salads, Casseroles, and Dinners Everyone Will Love.

Yields24 nuggets

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional; see note)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Honey mustard or ranch dressing, for dipping


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or a silicone mat.

  2. If using whole chicken breasts, cut them crosswise into 6 strips, or approximately 1/2 x 2-inch pieces. (Tenders may be used without further cutting.) In a large zip-top bag, combine the flour, onion powder, salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper and drop the chicken into the bag. Seal the bag and shake well to completely coat the chicken with the flour mixture.

  3. Arrange the coated chicken 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to coat each piece of chicken with the vegetable oil. Bake for 15 minutes, turn over, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

  4. Serve with honey mustard or ranch dressing for dipping.


If you are making these for children, you may wish to omit the cayenne pepper; or increase the amount if you have a family who enjoys spicy dishes.

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These really do look easy! I might make some for myself as a grown up snack. (:

What a brilliant idea. I can't eat take out chicken nuggets as they don't sell gluten-free ones but I can make my own this way with my own flour. I think this is a great idea and will definitely be making it. I would like to eat this with my own dip where I mix mayo with some hot sauce,,,,yummmm!

I had mine with our special home made ranch dressing and they were delish! Of course we dialled up the heat with extra cayenne pepper because (fortunately) everyone in the family loves heat. There was a huge crunchy green salad fresh from the garden and different different sauces so everyone was very happy.


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