Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Crispy baked chicken nuggets. It’s almost a weekly tradition where it’s around 4 pm in the afternoon and Lauren and I are texting each other trying to figure out what we want for dinner. Most of the time I end up picking something but I always bug Lauren to make the decision. And recently she did! Randomly she was craving chicken nuggets, so I scoured the internet for some ideas.

I’ve made chicken nuggets plenty of times in the past, but I always fried them. Wanting a slightly healthier alternative I decided to bake them instead. We weren’t disappointed by the results and satisfied a craving by Lauren on top of it.

It’s important to use panko bread crumbs as it gives the chicken a crunchier texture than regular bread crumbs would. You might almost forget that these are baked and you’re saving some extra calories! And I know I say this a lot, but these crispy baked chicken nuggets are super easy and can be made quickly. It would be great as an appetizer for a party or football game as well. BTW I also have a great crispy baked chicken wings recipe if you feel like wings instead of some nuggets. Enjoy!

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These crispy chicken nuggets are baked instead of fried and are a great healthier option to the more famous fried counterpart.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Servings: 4
Calories: 343 kcal
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1.5" pieces
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. In a medium bowl, mix together the panko, cheese, salt, thyme, basil, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs.

  2. Dip chicken into the egg mixture first, then coat with panko mixture. Place parchment paper on baking sheet and put the coated chicken in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve immediately with a sauce of your choice.

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