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Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken

Homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken are a healthy way to make baked nuggets in your oven. Want them extra crispy, cook homemade chicken nuggets in air fryer too.

homemade chicken nuggets recipe

Tired of processed and want to make a batch of homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken for your family? We will show you how to bake them at home. You can even include hidden vegetables inside of them. Know exactly what is in your food from now on y’all. (affiliate links present)

Toddler Chicken Nuggets Ground Chicken

Ok let’s be honest, this is likely your toddlers favorite food group. Anything shaped into a nugget is a win and they don’t flinch before digging in. If you make them yourself you can be rest assured that healthy ingredients will be integrated for their bellies. Especially if they have allergies, this is a great way to tailor it just for them.

Easy to tweak to your liking or dietary needs, you could use ground turkey or even sausage instead. I don’t know about y’all but over the years McDonalds nuggets and other fast food joints have definitely changed. They taste a lot more processed now and aren’t my favorite at all. If you’re with me you should give this one a whirl.

homemade Chicken Nuggets ingredients

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken and Vegetables

Oh yes, this is a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. I have three girls who used to ewwwww every time I served carrots or anything else out of the ground for dinner. Once I started integrating shredded pieces into other foods though (and telling them after they said they loved it) they over time gained a love for them.

This is a great one for little mouths that aren’t so sure about anything green. Softening as they bake, I guarantee they’ll never know it was even in there.

How do I make chicken nuggets?

There are a few different methods. In this post we use ground meat with binder and you could even add shredded vegetables into them. Baked in the oven you can get these crispy. Alternatively you can dice fresh chicken breasts, bread and air fry or deep fry them until crisp.

Below we share how to bake homemade chicken nuggets in the oven. You could throw them into your Ninja Foodi and air crisp as well. There is a link to air fryer directions above the recipe card for you as well. I too love deep fried, but not the extra calories to it.

Chicken legs in air fryer with flour are heathy choices too that taste deep fried but you only use a quick spray of oil to crisp.

Chicken Nuggets with ground chicken

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken Air Fryer

There are a few different steps that go into these. If you love batch cooking you could easily double or triple it, freeze before frying, throw them into a freezer bag and cook when you’re ready. You do not want to cook and then freeze or they won’t come out quite as well.

To make things faster use a food processor for your veggies. Blend chicken mixture in a bowl and have baking sheet ready for after you form them into nugget shapes. Whisk egg in a shallow small bowl, flour in another and breadcrumbs in a third. Make these in a sort of assembly line of sorts.

Way better than store bought kids love these. Keep in mind that the prep and cooking will take about 30 minutes to do.

Chicken Nugget recipe

Ground Meat Nuggets

You can jump to recipe at the bottom of this post but here is a rough run down of how these are made.

  • In a large bowl, add ground chicken, 1 large egg, garlic and/or onion powder, pepper, salt, shredded carrots, ginger, onions, and cornstarch and mix until just fully combined.
  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture, shape it into a small rectangle and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Repeat the process until everything has been shaped.
    • Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  • In 3 small separate bowls, place flour, black pepper, thyme in bowl 1, bread crumbs in bowl 2, and the remaining egg in the 3rd bowl
  • First, dip the chicken nugget in the flour
    • followed by the egg
    • then finish it up by covering with bread crumbs until all sides are coated.
  • In a frying pan, add oil and heat over high / medium heat.
    • Add breaded nuggets and fry for 2-3 minutes cooking time on both sides until golden brown. 
    • Place the fried chicken pieces on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  • To bake – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Liberally spray the nuggets with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes.

Ideally you should flip all of them over to the other side halfway through the baking time to get really crispy on the outside. Serve with chicken nugget dipping sauce options of all kind and enjoy.

healthy Chicken Nuggets

You can make these a gluten free chicken nuggets recipe with the following substitutions. Of course you should ensure that the brand of meat you bought is GF, but the main ingredients that would need to be changed would be;

  • Panko GF breadcrumbs would be best
  • Almond flour or your favorite GF flour is a great flour substitute
  • Arrowroot can be used as a thickener instead of cornstarch

How to Freeze Homemade Chicken Nuggets

To freeze the chicken nuggets that have already been fried and baked, allow them to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container. The best way to reheat is to use your air fryer and follow our air fryer frozen chicken nuggets directions. To have a crispier coating, use panko instead of breadcrumbs

The best way to store them is to follow up to step 4. Lay these prepared pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put this into the freezer for 2 hours. Remove the tray and move frozen pieces into a freezer bag. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to cook them. When you’re ready, lay on a plate to defrost and continue on as directed below with steps 5 and 6 and then enjoy as though they were fresh.

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken

Homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken are a healthy way to bake nuggets in your oven or air fryer to make them extra crispy.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken nuggets, ground chicken, healthy, homemade, nuggets
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 432kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add ground chicken, 1 large egg, garlic powder, white pepper, salt, carrots, ginger, onions, and cornstarch and mix until just fully combined, do not over-mix.
  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture, shape it into a small rectangle and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the process until everything has been shaped. Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  • In 3 small separate bowls, place flour, black pepper, thyme in bowl 1, bread crumbs in bowl 2, and the remaining egg in the 3rd bowl
  • First, dip the chicken nugget in the flour, followed by the egg, then finish it up by covering with bread crumbs until all sides are coated.
  • In a frying pan, add oil and heat until 345 degrees F. Add chicken nuggets and fry for 2-3 minutes on both sides until golden brown.  Place the fried chicken nuggets on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  • To bake – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Liberally spray the nuggets with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes. Flip each one halfway through.

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 1086mg47%
Potassium 758mg22%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 876IU18%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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