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The BEST Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These are the BEST crispy baked chicken nuggets you'll ever make! This delicious, healthy chicken nuggets recipe takes just about 30 minutes from start to finish and uses super simple ingredients like panko breadcrumbs, chicken breast and spices. Serve with honey mustard, ketchup or your favorite BBQ sauce. Kid-friendly and adult approved!

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Low Carb, Nut Free
Keyword crispy baked chicken nuggets, easy baked chicken nuggets, homemade chicken nuggets, the best crispy baked chicken nuggets
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 227 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into into 1 inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add panko breadcrumbs to a large baking sheet and spread out in an even layer. Spray breadcrumbs with nonstick olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 2 minutes, then stir breadcrumbs (or just give the pan a shake) and then bake for 2-3 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Keep heat in the oven.
  3. Transfer breadcrumbs to a medium bowl. Whisk in spices: salt, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and almond milk. Set aside.
  5. Line the large baking sheet with an oven safe wire metal rack. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Dip each chicken cube into the egg mixture, then use a tong to grab each chicken nugget and toss into the breadcrumb mixture to completely coat with breadcrumbs. Use tongs to transfer to the wire rack, placing about 1 inch apart.
  7. Generously spray the tops of the chicken nuggets with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and temp reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer. Serves 4. Serve with BBQ sauce, honey mustard, ketchup or whatever sauce you’d like!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use a gluten free panko breadcrumb if you can find them. Panko breadcrumbs are essential to the perfect crispy chicken nugget!

To store in the fridge: leftover chicken nuggets can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week. To reheat, place the tots on a baking sheet and broil them on high for a couple of minutes until heated through and crispy on the outside.

To freeze & reheat:

  1. Let the chicken nuggets cool completely before transferring them to a cookie sheet.
  2. Freeze them on the cookie sheet to ensure that they don't stick together, then transfer the frozen chicken nuggets to a freezer-safe bag or container and place in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  3. To reheat, I'd recommend heating them in the oven so that they're nice and crispy.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.7g7%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 29.2g58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.