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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
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24 serves
Calories: 57kcal
Cost: 10


  • Oven


  • 500 g chicken mince see notes
  • 90 g (1 cup) panko crumbs
  • 50 g (½ cup) parmesan cheese very finely grated
  • 1 tsp chicken stock powder optional
  • 75 g (½ cup) plain flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten


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.


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.


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