Even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to get enough of this homemade chicken nugget recipe. 

How to Make Chicken Nuggets

You’ll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let’s go over the basics:

What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of? 

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this homemade chicken nugget recipe: 

Chicken: Three skinless, boneless chicken breasts will make about six servings. 

Bread crumbs: Use store-bought or homemade Italian seasoned bread crumbs.

Cheese: You’ll need ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.

Seasonings: Season the chicken nuggets with dried basil, dried thyme, and salt. 

Butter: Dip the nuggets in melted butter before coating them in bread crumbs. 

How to Make Chicken Nuggets In the Oven

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make chicken nuggets:

Cut the chicken breasts into nuggets. 

Mix the bread crumbs, cheese, and seasonings. 

Dip the nuggets in melted butter, then coat them in the bread crumb mixture. 

Bake until the chicken is brown and cooked through. 

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Test Kitchen Tips

“With this recipe, you can get a couple dozen chicken nuggets for less than $10. You won’t find that at a drive-thru or in the freezer aisle.”

You can make these chicken nuggets in your air fryer — just follow the recipe, but cut the cook time in half. 

“Use this recipe as a guide,” Nicole says. “You can flavor them however you like.” She suggests adding cayenne pepper for spicy nuggets or leave out the seasonings all together for a plain version. 

Nicole recommends flipping the nuggets halfway through the cook time, as one side may get crispier than the other. 

What to Serve With Chicken Nuggets

Serve the chicken nuggets with ketchup or your favorite homemade dipping sauce – check out our Best Copycat Sauces From Your Favorite Restaurants for delicious inspiration. The nuggets also pair well with these homemade side dishes:

Baked French Fries

Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad

Easy Roasted Broccoli

How to Store Chicken Nuggets

Store your leftover chicken nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in the microwave, in the oven, or in the air fryer. 

Can You Freeze Chicken Nuggets? 

Yes! You can freeze cooked chicken nuggets for up to three months. Reheat the nuggets in the oven to re-crisp them. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“I’m using crushed cool ranch Doritos for the coating for the Super Bowl … delicious,” says rdmelinda90. “Once a year treat and still healthier than store bought!”

“These are delicious,” raves one Allrecipes community member. “I added some garlic and extra Parmesan cheese. My family LOVED them!”

“These were great,” according to Kathryn. “I put the dry ingredients in a baggie so everything got coated, then flipped half way through cooking. They came perfect, crunchy outside but tender inside. Will definitely make it again!”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, melted

½ cup butter, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, basil, thyme, and salt together well in a medium bowl. Put melted butter in a bowl or dish for dipping.

Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, basil, thyme, and salt together well in a medium bowl. Put melted butter in a bowl or dish for dipping.

Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter first, then coat with the bread crumb mixture. Place the well-coated chicken nuggets on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer.

Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter first, then coat with the bread crumb mixture. Place the well-coated chicken nuggets on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake nuggets in the preheated oven until browned and chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

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Bake nuggets in the preheated oven until browned and chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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