Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Another homemade chicken nugget recipe!  I know!  Craziness!

We have our family favorite, but this time, we decided to shake things up a bit and try to get a similar texture to frozen/fast food variety.

To achieve this, I poached and shredded the chicken, added an egg to help it stick and then made little nuggets!

The breading was a mix of panko (for crunch) and French fried onions (a family favorite).

I enjoyed the versatility of this recipe (if the chicken is shredded/ground enough, it can be cut into shapes!), with about the same amount of work as any other homemade baked chicken nugget!

These nuggets would also be perfect for toddlers, with the softer texture – plus the flavors can be adapted as needed!

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Inspired by Super Healthy Kids

1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 eggs, divided
½ cup panko crumbs
¾ cup French fried onions

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken and cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. 

Immediately place the chicken into a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium speed for 3-5 minutes or until finely shredded. Alternately, cool slightly and blend the chicken in a food processor.

Add 2 of the eggs and mix (or process) until combined.

Place the remaining egg into a bowl and lightly beat.  Crush the fried onions, then place in a bowl and mix in the panko.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Flatten the chicken mixture and cut shapes out with small cookie cutters (this will be more successful the finer the chicken is ground/shredded) or take golf ball sized balls of chicken mixture and flatten into circular shapes. 

Dredge each nugget through the egg, then coat with the panko/crunchy onion mixture and place on the prepared tray.  Continue with the remaining chicken/crumbs.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops are browned.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce & homemade fries!

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