Oven-Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Crunchy oven-bake homemade chicken nuggets are a healthier version of everyone’s favourite snack!

A stack of golden crunchy rectangular nuggets with red tomato sauce in a white bowl.

Forget about fast-food restaurant or store-bought frozen chicken nuggets… it couldn’t be easier to make your own chicken nuggets with just a few basic ingredients!

These healthier nuggets are loved by fussy toddlers, on-the-go kids, hungry teenagers and adults! Freezer-friendly, great for lunchboxes or a quick and easy snack.

A plate of golden homemade chicken bites on a plate with a bowl of sauce.

6 Ingredient Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Say hello to the easiest crumbed homemade chicken nuggets!

To make my oven-baked nuggets, you’ll need:

  • chicken mince – either buy chicken mince or mince your own using chicken breast
  • panko crumbs – are a Japanese style breadcrumb that are light and cook to a crunchy texture. Alternatively you can use regular breadcrumbs (but panko crumbs are a million times better!)
  • finely grated parmesan cheese – this gives the crumb on your chicken nuggets the most delicious flavour!
  • chicken stock powder – this is optional however it gives a big flavour boost to the crumb
  • plain flour and eggs – for coating the nuggets

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for ingredient quantities and detailed method.

Bowls of chicken mince, panko crumbs, chicken stock powder, plain flour, eggs and parmesan.

How To Make Chicken Nuggets From Scratch

Have a big batch of homemade chicken nuggets prepped and baked in less than 30 minutes!

Step 1 – Par-bake the panko crumbs

Place the panko crumbs on a baking paper lined tray and bake in the oven until lightly golden. Shake a few times during baking for even cooking.

Panko crumbs that have been baked to golden on a baking tray.

Step 2 – Mix the parmesan cheese and chicken stock powder through the panko crumbs

This mixture is going to give you the most delicious and flavour-packed crunchy crumb.

Grated parmesan cheese on top of a bowl of golden baked panko crumbs.
Panko crumbs mixed with chicken stock powder and grated parmesan in a blue bowl.

Step 3 – Shape the chicken mince into ‘nuggets’

Use your hands (see my tips below) to shape the chicken mince into traditional nugget shapes. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of chicken mince per nugget.

Two hands shaping chicken mince into a nugget shape.
Chicken mince shaped into nuggets on a plate.

Step 3 – Crumb the nuggets

Crumb the nuggets by coating in plain flour, dipping in beaten egg and then covering with the baked panko crumbs.

A chicken mince bite being coated in flour.
A flour coated chicken bite in a bowl of beaten egg.
Chicken bites coated with panko crumbs.
Nuggets coated in panko crumbs on a tray.

Step 4 – Bake until golden

Spray the nuggets with cooking oil and bake until golden and crunchy.

A baking tray covered with parchment paper with crumbed chicken bites.

Recipe FAQ & Tips

Do I have to use panko crumbs?

If you can’t get your hands on panko crumbs (most supermarkets or grocers sell them in the Asian section or with the breadcrumbs), then you can substitute for regular breadcrumbs. However, the panko crumbs are what gives the crumb a delicious crunch!

Why do you bake the panko crumbs first?

Baking the panko crumbs before coating the nuggets gives them a delicious crunchy texture and a golden colour. It also keeps thee crumb crunchy (and avoids any sogginess) when baked with the chicken.

Help! The chicken is too sticky to shape into nuggets!

Wet your hands with cold water before shaping into nuggets. The wetness on your hands will take away the stickiness of the chicken. You may need to wash your hands and wet them again a couple of times during the process if they start to get sticky!

Can I use chicken breast in place of chicken mince?

Yes, absolutely! If you have a food processor or a Thermomix, you can mince chicken breasts to use in the nuggets.

How long will the chicken nuggets last once cooked?

Store the cooked chicken nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven until hot all the way through.

Can you freeze these nuggets?

Yes absolutely! You can freeze the nuggets either cooked or uncooked. If freezing them cooked, you can reheat by placing the frozen nuggets into the oven and baking until hot all the way through.

A blue plate of golden baked homemade chicken nuggets with a bowl of sauce.
A hand dipping a crunchy crumbed homemade chicken nugget into a bowl of sauce.

More Healthy Nugget & Snacks

Once you’ve fallen in love with the taste and ease of making homemade chicken nuggets, you’ll want to try these yummy nuggets too:

A half-eaten homemade chicken nugget with a bowl of red sauce.

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A stack of golden crunchy rectangular nuggets with red tomato sauce in a white bowl.

Oven-Baked Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Crunchy oven-bake homemade chicken nuggets are a healthier version of everyone's favourite snack!
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade chicken nuggets
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24 serves
Calories: 57kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken mince see notes
  • 90 g (1 cup) panko crumbs
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) parmesan cheese very finely grated
  • 1 tsp chicken stock powder optional
  • 75 g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Place the panko crumbs onto a baking paper lined baking tray and cook in the oven for approximately 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden (give the tray a shake every few minutes). Set the panko crumbs aside in a bowl to cool.
  • Increase oven temperature to 210 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Shape the chicken mince into nuggets (about 1 tablespoon in size).
  • Finely grate the parmesan cheese and add it to the cooled panko crumbs along with the chicken stock powder and mix through.
  • Place the plain flour into a bowl.
  • Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat well.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • One at a time, coat the chicken nuggets in the plain flour (shake off any excess), then the egg mixture and finally the panko crumb mixture.
  • Place crumbed nuggets onto a baking paper lined baking tray.
  • Spray lightly with cooking oil and bake for approximately 12-14 minutes or until golden, crunchy and cooked through. Turn the nuggets over halfway through the cooking time.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Panko crumbs – If you can’t get your hands on panko crumbs (most supermarkets or grocers sell them in the Asian section or with the breadcrumbs), then you can substitute for regular breadcrumbs. However, the panko crumbs are what gives the crumb a delicious crunch!
Baking the panko crumbs – Baking the panko crumbs before coating the nuggets gives them a delicious crunchy texture and a golden colour. It also keeps thee crumb crunchy (and avoids any sogginess) when baked with the chicken.
Shaping the nuggets – Wet your hands with cold water before shaping into nuggets. The wetness on your hands will take away the stickiness of the chicken. You may need to wash your hands and wet them again a couple of times during the process if they start to get sticky!
Chicken breast or chicken mince – You can either use chicken mince or make your own by mincing chicken breasts in a food processor or a Thermomix.
Storing – Store the cooked chicken nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven until hot all the way through.
Freezing – You can freeze the nuggets either cooked or uncooked. If freezing them cooked, you can reheat by placing the frozen nuggets into the oven and baking until hot all the way through.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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29 Comments
  1. Kirsty @ My Home Truths says:

    My kids would love these!

  2. Hugzilla says:

    Thank you for the tip about the panko crumbs – will have to check them out. I have to do a lot of crumbing for the boys, so will definitely see if our one local supermarket has them!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh yes they really are the best!!

  3. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    My beautiful omnivore is going to love these! So much better than the takeaway or frozen ones, and so cute! I can’t wait to make these for him soon!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hahaha oh he will love them!

  4. Pug says:

    *breathes heavily*

    Nuggets are one of those foods I miss SO MUCH! I don’t even know why– if you think about it objectively they’re just unsatisfyingly small parmas… but just look at them. How else could you eat 6 parmas and not get judged?!

    And yours look a billion times better than any other nugget I’ve ever laid eyes on– they’re just so golden and crispy and perfectly-shaped!

  5. tami says:

    Hi can I just cut chicken breast into small chunks instead of mincing it?Thanks.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely! I just prefer the texture of the minced chicken, but it’s certainly quicker!

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