Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These crispy baked chicken nuggets are the perfect kid-friendly meal or party appetizer! They’re made with less than 10 ingredients, take less than 1 hour to make, and are simply delicious. 

chicken nuggets baked on a golden sheet pan with a bowl of honey mustard in the corner.

Today we are talking all about these tender baked chicken nuggets! You’ll need less then 10 ingredients and less the 1 hour to make this super tasty meal.

You can serve these up as an easy kid-friendly dinner or as a game day appetizer! No matter the occasion, they will be gobbled up and so enjoyed. We also love the idea of dipping them into a tasty honey mustard dressing for that extra level of flavor! But of course, if you have another favorite dipping sauce we are all for it.

Ingredients For Baked Chicken Nuggets

Corn flakes: to get that crispy crust you’ll need plain corn flakes crushed into small pieces.
Chicken breasts or boneless skinless thighs: you can use either and cut into small pieces.
Almond milk: or you can use regular milk if you don’t use nut milk.
salt & pepper: for taste and seasoning!
Oregano: we like to use this herb in dried form for this specific recipe.
Cayenne pepper: this won’t give major spicyness, but a pleasant kick to the nuggets. If you don’t like spice you can leave out.
Garlic powder: for flavor!
Eggs: we love using pasture raised eggs.
Oil: we recommend avocado oil or quality olive oil.

Hand dipping chicken nugget into white bowl of yellow sauce.

Extra Cooking Tips

Sauce: we served up our chicken bites with honey mustard dipping sauce (store-bought). But you can also serve with barbecue sauce or ketchup!

Chicken cut types: You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe. Chicken tenders, chicken breast, or thighs (boneless + skinless). Then cut into pieces and assemble.

How to Store Leftovers & Freeze

Freezing: assemble chicken nuggets but don’t bake. Store uncooked nuggets in a ziplock bag or airtight plastic container for up to 2 months. When ready to cook, thaw in a fridge over night or at room temperature for several hours – then cook as instructed.

Store leftovers: store nuggets in a ziplock bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

crispy nuggets baked on a sheet pan with white bowl of yellow dipping sauce in top right corner.

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Hand dipping chicken nugget into white bowl of yellow sauce.

Baked Popcorn Chicken Bites

These crispy baked chicken nuggets are the perfect kid-friendly meal or party appetizer! They're made with less than 10 ingredients, take less than 1 hour to make, and are simply delicious. 

Servings 18 nuggets
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 36 mins

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Tags: baked chicken nuggets, baked popcorn chicken, healthy chicken nuggets
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 83 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain corn flakes
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and brush sheet pan with olive oil. 

  2. Cut chicken into cubes/smaller pieces and set aside. Add corn flakes to ziplock bag and pound until they're smaller pieces. In a bowl mix together crushed corn flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne.

  3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a shallow dish. Set up an assembly line with chicken, milk & eggs, and corn flake mixture. First: coat chicken with egg and milk mixture. Second: thoroughly coat chicken in corn flake mixture on both sides. Lay chicken on oiled sheet pan and repeat process until all of chicken is used up. 

  4. Bake at 400F for 16 minutes - flip nuggets half way through baking time. Time can vary depending on size of chicken bites. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce! 

Notes

We served up our chicken bites with honey mustard dipping sauce (store-bought). But you can also serve with barbecue sauce or ketchup! 

Nutrition Facts
Baked Popcorn Chicken Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.3g4%
Cholesterol 24.2mg8%
Sodium 105.1mg4%
Carbohydrates 12.7g4%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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