Homemade Chicken Nuggets {recipe}

Chicken Nuggets seem to be an American staple, especially for kids. But I don’t like the fact that I don’t really know whats in them, what fillers are used, or what part of the chicken we’re actually eating so I’ve decided to make my own!

I actually like these quite a bit, as do my hubby and kiddo. Can be baked ahead of time and frozen for quick dinners later. If baking from frozen state, bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or so. And I’m also fairly certain you could fry these up to if you’d like, but I stick to baking them.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets {recipe}
Recipe type: Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large spoonful of mayo (or use a second egg)
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken (in large chunks)
  • ½ small onion
  • ¼ cup or so of shredded cheese (I normally just toss in a handful)
  • optional: ¼ -1/2 cup thawed frozen spinach or leftover cooked veggies (broccoli works great as does brussel sprouts!)
  • ¾ to 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs or almond flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease pan with butter.
  3. Pulse chicken, onion, salt, and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. (pulse. If you hold it down it will turn into a rubbery gross mess that you will not want to eat!)
  4. Add chicken mixture to eggs and mayo and stir until combined (I was gonna take a picture as I went along, but seriously, it’s not the prettiest thing at this point.)
  5. Add in cheese and veggies.
  6. Shape into nuggets and roll in bread crumbs.
  7. Bake for bout 18 minutes (turn them over halfway through to brown on both sides)
  8. Can be baked ahead of time and frozen for quick dinners later. If baking from frozen state, bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or so.


homemade chicken nuggets

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. sounds great! can’t wait to try them. i have made your monkey bites and baked oatmeal and both are delicious!
    amanda o

  2. Donielle says:

    Let me know how you like them. and glad you like my other recipes. :-) I need to make both of them again today. Really I should spend a whole day baking, but it’s just been way to nice out lately!

  3. Sounds great, cant wait to try these! My only question is, what about the mayo? I see it in the ingredient list but not how its used in the directions. lol maybe I just dont see it?

    donielle Reply:

    @Ashley C, doh! Fixed it! It just gets mixed in after the chicken is chopped up.

  4. thatgirl says:

    Oh wow, I just came across this and this is an awesome recipe! It takes care of two of my problems: the shreds of leftover chicken that keep accumulating in my freezer (not a fan of chicken soup in the summer) and a toddler working on his 2 year molars who only wants to eat soft foods. Against my better judgement, I’ve been giving in on chicken nuggets at lunch because he needs to eat or he’s a crankypants. These are nuggets I can offer with a clean conscience!

  5. Chrissa says:

    WOW!!! I finally tried these today, they were great. I have to be honest, I was real skeptical….LOL. Which is why I have been putting off trying them for so long, but they were REALLY GOOD!! Thank you for the awesome recipe. My kids even liked them. And I have plenty in the freezer for another day. Thanks again.

  6. How many nuggets does this make?

    donielle Reply:

    @Kari, About 2 dozen – give or take a couple depending on how large or small you make them.