Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baked Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Maybe, just maybe this will be my last chicken nugget recipe. First there were the buttermilk whole wheat nuggets. Then the lemony chicken nuggets. Now I give you my latest and greatest recipe yet. These are tasty, crispy, and require less baby-sitting than the other two. They're kind of a mash up of my other two recipes and they are my picky-eaters' favorite.
To keep the panko from falling onto the baking sheet and burning during the cook time, I dredge them on the wire rack set over the sink. Brilliant? Sometimes I am.
Also, although they say to never reuse your dredging materials, I almost always have some leftover, and I do save them. *Gasp!* I just label them, stick them in the freezer and ONLY use them for the same application next time.
Baked Crispy Chicken Nuggets

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized nuggets
salt and pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
about 1/4 tsp garlic powder
2-4 tbs olive oil

Preheat oven to 400.
Season nugget pieces with salt and pepper. Place in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. You can do this a couple of hours ahead of time, if needed. On a plate, season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and garlic powder. Drain the buttermilk from chicken and coat with the breadcrumbs. Place breaded nuggets on a wire rack set over the sink (if possible). Drizzle with olive oil. Place wire rack onto a baking sheet. Bake nuggets 18-20 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown and crunchy.


  1. Sounds easy and yummy...and healthy. The trifecta of nuggets, if you will. :)

    1. They are so good, Erin. I sometimes make a special trip to the health food store to get whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. Those are good, too.

  2. aaaaand, you're back! i hope?

    i was all set to heat up a can of soup last night but darn chicken nuggets started calling my name. ramsey ate at least 7. seriously- and she doesn't usually eat chicken nuggets! points for you, keely!

    1. That means you had panko in your pantry, so...points for you, too Kat!
      I'm glad they were a hit!