Healthy chicken nugget recipe

Claire Gallam

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Are your kids fast food nuts who can't get enough of McDonald's chicken nuggets or chicken tenders? Feed them a healthier alternative to the deep fried favorite by making your own baked chicken nuggets, with a spicy buffalo kick. They'll soon prefer these over the fried version.

Homemade chicken nuggets

If the buffalo packs too much heat for you or your family, simply substitute it with a more mild marinade, like BBQ or honey mustard!

Baked buffalo nuggets

Serves 6 (about 3-1/2 nuggets per person)


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (panko for a crispier crust)
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper (or garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed pepper
  • 1-1/4 cup buffalo sauce (or your sauce of choice)


  1. Cut each piece of chicken into small nuggets (about 5 nuggets per chicken breast). Place nuggets into a bowl and pour sauce over them. Cover with foil and chill overnight (or at least 6 hours).
  2. Once chicken has marinated, preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Mix breadcrumbs and seasonings together. Roll each nugget into the breadcrumbs, covering liberally, until each piece is thoroughly coated. Place on the cookie sheet and repeat until all chicken has been coated.
  3. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until nuggets are crispy. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.