Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Today is National Fried Chicken Day, so Sunday Funday is bringing their best recipes!

I don’t actually deep fry in my house (though Spud is trying to change that - he realllly wants me to make homemade doughnuts), so I’m always looking for a baked option.

I typically make Crunchy Onion Chicken, but I decided to branch out and try something new this time.

And I must say, I was impressed.  This baked chicken recipe really was crispy!  I’ve noticed that  these baked recipes often start out crispy right out of the oven, then the bottoms are soggy or they slowly get soggy as the meal progresses, but these nuggets stayed crispy throughout the meal.

These are a great addition to the chicken nugget rotation - maybe I’ll even deep fry someday!

Sunday Funday

Fried Chicken

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Adapted from Savory Nothings


1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in 2-inch pieces

Flour Coating

¾ cup flour

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons ground paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon salt


2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

Place the flour, parmesan and spices in a large zipper bag and shake to mix.  Add the chicken and shake until well coated.

Place the beaten eggs in a bowl.  Mix together the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan in another bowl.

Dredge the coated chicken pieces through the eggs then place in the bread crumb mixture and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the chicken to coat.  I like to use one hand for dredging and the other for coating to help keep my hands from getting coated in breadcrumbs as well.

Place the coated nuggets on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 16-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Serves 4


  1. Oven fried is my preferred method too but I do pull out the deep fryer once in a while.

  2. I also don't do a whole lot of frying in my house. There are many good baked options and this looks like one of them. Thanks for joining me, Amy.

  3. I use the "two handed" method for breading! These look perfect.


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