Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade baked chicken nuggets served with a side salad

Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets are actually easy to make.  These chicken nuggets can be made ahead for a quick weeknight heat up.  These nuggets are great for kid friendly dinner meals.

Crispy chicken nuggets on a plate served with salad

Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Do your kids love chicken nuggets? Or do you?  Looking for a delicious but crispy recipe to make these delicious bites?  I’ve got you covered with this yummy combo.  It’s not hard, but yes, there’s a little time involved.  However, that being said….you can make these ahead (see below), freeze them and make your life a whole lot easier in the future.  Your future self will thank you for thinking ahead; just sayin’.   

I love doubling, sometimes tripling certain recipes.  It can be labor intensive, but then I’m covered for a while and my freezer is full and my dinnertime is not so rushed and I don’t have to think and wonder, what’s for dinner?  And, typically I’m the only one who answers that question at my house (? ).

These crispy homemade chicken nuggets go with whole lot of different side dishes; salads, my roasted broccoli, my cinnamon sweet potatoes and so much more.

Crispy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade baked chicken nuggets served with a side salad


  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken strips
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise


  1. Cut the chicken into nugget size.
  2. Place the chicken in a glass bowl and cover it with the buttermilk. Place saran wrap over the top and let it set on the counter while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Spread the Panko bread crumbs onto a baking sheet that's been generous coated with nonstick canola cooking spray. Spray the top of the Panko and toast them until they are lightly golden in the oven for approximately 5-8 minutes. Remove and let them cool.
  5. Stir the spices together in a small bowl; onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
  6. Once the toasted Panko has cooled stir the spices into it until evenly distributed.
  7. Whip the eggs and together with the mayo using a fork or small whisk.
  8. Stir in the flour until it's a smooth.
  9. Drain the excess buttermilk from the chicken, stir in the batter.
  10. Dredge the coated chicken in the seasoned Panko being careful to not bring extra batter over into the breadcrumbs. Push the panko onto the chicken firmly.
  11. Place the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet generously coated with nonstick canola cooking spray. Coat the top of the nuggets with the spray.
  12. Bake for approximately 20 minutes; until crispy and fully cooked!
Make Ahead:  You can actually make these ahead and cook them.  Let them cool completely.  Once they are cooled simply put them into a freezer bag or other airtight freezer container and then simply heat them up on a busy weeknights for an easy dinner.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:  My favorite way to serve these chicken nuggets is with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce.  Stir 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise together with 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 tablespoon of mustard and 1 tablespoon of honey = you’re welcome!

Kids in the Kitchen! Every recipe, even the simple ones, are filled with kitchen lessons for kids.  Here are a few to focus on when making your own homemade crispy chicken nuggets.

  • cutting
  • knife safety
  • marinating
  • dredging
  • baking and oven safety
  • measuring ingredients
  • following directions

More Baked Yum:  If you like taking traditionally fried recipes and finding ways to bake them instead, check out my Easy Beef Empanada Recipe.  It’s another delicious recipe transformation with no excess, fried oil in the mix.  Follow the link below the picture to discover this family friendly yummy recipe.

Baked beef empanadas in a wooden bowl ready to be served

My Easy Baked Beef Empanada Recipe


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