Healthy Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, homemade baked chicken nuggets are 1000x healthier and tastier at home! 
Healthy Baked Parmesan Chicken NuggetsChicken nuggets are one of my daughter’s favorite meals. She has them on a weekly basis and I honestly can’t think of anything else more versatile then chicken nuggets. I usually have a bag of nuggets in the freezer ready in hand, just in case.

But because chicken nuggets are so greasy and highly processed, I began making them at home. This way, I can add any flavors we like and they are also much healthier. I shape them into little patties and bake them to perfection. The result is nuggets that are crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. Healthy Baked Parmesan Chicken NuggetsThey can be frozen for up to 1 month and reheated in the microwave or toaster oven. I used parmesan to flavor the nuggets but if parmesan is not your thing, feel free to add any other type of cheese or substitute it with breadcrumbs. We how you enjoy these nuggets as much as we do! Healthy Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

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Healthy Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese divided in half
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a food processor place the chicken breasts, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, cold water, and salt +pepper. Pulse for 1 minute or just until the chicken is minced and everything is well combined.

  3. Pour the panko breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup parmesan into a shallow dish. Shape the minced chicken mixture into small nuggets and coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Line nuggets on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil or spray with cooking spray.

  4. Bake 12-15 minutes then transfer under the broiler for 2-3 minute or until nuggets are lightly golden. Serve warm with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

Nuggets will keep fresh in the fridge for 2 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Re-heat in the microwave or toaster oven.

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    Comments

    Tom

    what is the carb count in these , I’m a retired cook , do all the cooking because my wife is Diabetic & needs to watch her carb intake .

    Elp

    Anyone try adding some kind of veggie into these to try to get their little ones to eat a vegetable too? Lol

    Jillian Toole

    I’ve made these a bunch of times now with the kids. Great with cookie cutter shapes too. I also use them for crispy chicken tacos. Wonderfully crunchy, healthy, and really quick.

    Vanessa

    Very tasty. From the pictures it looks like you added some herbs to your breadcrumb mixture? Any suggestions for types and amounts? Thanks!

      Layla

      The breadcrumbs are seasoned. I believe Italian seasoning!

    Krista

    I made these yesterday and they are absolutely delicious! What a fantastic recipe. The texture is just like a chicken nugget from your childhood. Perfect! I flash froze them afterwards so they wouldn’t stick together, and now have a baggie of them on hand for a quick and easy supper for my toddler, and myself. The only thing I changed was to use the traditional breading method of flour dredge first, then dip in beaten egg, then in the panko/cheese crumbs. Otherwise I didn’t change a thing. A great healthy take on a toddler favorite. Thanks so much!

      Layla

      Glad you enjoyed them! They remind me of my childhood nuggets too. Thanks for the tip!

    Noelle

    Can I do this with ground chicken? I am a college student without a food processor! 🙂

      Layla

      Yes you can! just combine everything with the ground chicken.

        Bree

        If you use ground chickeN wouLd you still need the extra quarter cup of water?

          Layla

          Yes, you would still need the water.

    Anonymous

    Yummy.. i just love this blog.. thanks!

    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    gotta love a healthified classic! Chicken nuggets never go out of style 😀