Homemade chicken nuggets - yum yum yum!

Do your kids love chicken nuggets? Do YOU like them too? 

Well if you'd like to see what's in a McD's chicken nugget, have a look at this post on cheeseslave.com.

Not something you really want to feed your family is it, but there are times when you want something fast-foodish and tasty that you can whip up in an instant.

Try out this recipe, it's pretty simple though not quite instantaneous, but it can be frozen in advance.

Chicken nuggets
(or strips or bites or whatever you want to call them)

  • Slice 3 chicken breast fillets into 1cm or 1/2 inch thick strips. Now you can either leave them long or cut them into shorter pieces, I tend to leave them long.
  • Marinate them in yoghurt or kefir for a couple of hours. 
  • Prepare a plate of breadcrumbs (homemade from the dry ends of the loaves work a treat).
  • Add some salt and pepper to the crumbs, and a pinch of paprika. You could actually use any combination of spices you like. Mix.
  • Roll each strip in the bread crumbs, then lay them out on a greased tray.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at about 200c/400F for approximately 20 minutes.  

Dipping sauce
(I am not a fan of sweet sauces, but I imagine if you are, a sweet chilli sauce would work well with these.)
This is the sauce I made: 
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • garlic
  • spring onion
  • salt and pepper
  • Chop the garlic and spring onions very small - DON'T use too much garlic, raw garlic is pretty strong.
  • Mix everything together with just enough milk to get the sauce to a consistency you like.


I bake these rather than fry them because if I do fry them I tend to leave the breadcrumb coating stuck to the bottom of the pan...

And the oil spits, which I really don't like.

You could probably use other cuts of chicken successfully.

You can dredge the strips in flour rather than crumbs, but my family prefer the crunch the crumbs give.

If you want to prep these in advance, freeze them individually on a tray while they're still uncooked.
Then bag them up in usable portions.

And if you can, use pastured chicken, like these happy gals below.
Funky Chickens

Happy eating!


  1. yum yum! We like chicken nuggets, and this doesn't seem too be too unhealthy if you're baking them!! Thanks, I think I'll add it onto the menu for this upcoming week!

  2. Hope you like it, I always make enough for leftovers, as they make a tasty snack cold from the fridge too. Enjoy!

  3. Following you from the Friday hop! My boys love their nuggets......I have made homemade as well...dipped in coconut...they where delish with some mango sauce!

  4. Ooh, dipped in coconut, great idea!

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  6. What a great idea! So much healthier!

  7. Chicken nuggets are the best with dipping sauce. Yum is right!

    Visiting and following from Friday Follow, and so glad you joined in this week! Have a terrific weekend.

    ~ Lynn

  8. Thanks for the recipe! We just started buying all organic meats and it could get expensive!