Homemade Chicken Nuggets

by Merissa on January 21, 2014

in Make Your Own

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Pin It We love these chicken nuggets at our house! The recipe is easy to make and these also freeze well so you can make a double batch and freeze what you don't eat. One batch makes around 25 chicken nuggets depending on how big you make them. Sometimes I form large round breaded chicken patties for sandwiches using this recipe as well!

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 T mayo
  • Small Onion
  • 2 c. cooked chicken
  • 1/4 c cheddar cheese
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • salt to season

First I started by making my own bread crumbs I just stuck some old bread in the oven and baked it til it was crispy, then I ran it through my Magic Bullet to make it fine crumbs. I then added some garlic and onion salt to flavor. Put the cooked chicken and the onion in the food processor until the chicken is shredded(but not paste!) Then add the mayo and egg and cheese to the processor and blend until mixed together. Form into lumps and coat with the bread crumbs. Bake at 400F for 18 or so minutes, turning halfway. I served mine with homemade bbq sauce(ketchup, onions, brown sugar) And yummy mini apple pies.

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1 Heather September 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm
2 Merissa September 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I will email it to you and I will get it posted on monday for everyone!

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3 Shelley January 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Hi! My four year old is addicted to Chicken Nuggets but I absolutely refuse to go to fast food for her to get them. I can’t wait to try this recipe for her. One question – the cooked chicken, what kind do you use (boiled, baked, grilled?). Thanks!

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4 Merissa January 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

If I have some leftover cooked chicken in the fridge I will just use whatever. Otherwise I just boil it:)

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5 Brenda February 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

do the nuggets freeze well? my son is addicted to nuggets LOL

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6 Merissa February 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I haven’t tried it yet but I’m guessing they would. If you try it, let us know!

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7 mxgal March 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

We’ve made the apple turnovers with crescent rolls and apple slices coated in a cinnamon/sugar mixture. Then pour a half can of Mt. Dew soda on top and sprinkle with more cinnamon/sugar! Then bake. It’s crazy good.

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8 Merissa March 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

That sounds like something my husband would love!

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9 Peggy Bisard July 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Hi Merissa!
Tried the cheeseburger pie…it was great!
Got a recipe I made up 🙂 That I think you will enjoy.
Brown 1 lb. hamburger,1 onion,finely chopped ,1/2 gr pepper finely chopped.Add 1 pkg. taco seasoning,do NOT add water.Stir until mixed.Crumble a couple of hands full of Fritos in a lightly greased 8 or 9 inch dish.Into hamburg mix add 3/4 C. salsa stir to mix.Top fritos with hamburg mixture.Spread 1 cup cheese on top.Finish off with either Jiffy Cornbread mix(my favorite) or more crumbled Fritos.Bake @ 400F. for apprx. 45 min,
Hope you like this!
Peg Bisard

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10 amanda November 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

My children love these and they are so much better than the garbage u get from fast food restaurants. Thanks so much

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11 Beth February 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

They were so good that only 1/2 the batch made it to the freezer. Even dh liked it :). Since I had used smoked chicken that I had deboned it tasted like barbecue when I dipped it into ketchup.

Thanks for the recipe. This will go on a favorites list.

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12 Merissa February 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’m glad you liked them!

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13 Heidi @ CrockPotLadies.com February 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Those look tasty! I love homemade chicken nuggets or strips. But your recipe with the addition of cheese sounds intriguing. I am going to have to give that a try! I bet my kids will love it!

Thanks for linking your recipe up at Whip it up Wednesday too!

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14 Jennie March 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Hi
Thanks so much for sharing this and all your other recipes and wonderful ideas. I made these tonight for my very picky daughter and she loved them. She also recently got diagnosed with Celiac disease, so i just replaced bread crumbs with GF rice krispies. Worked out wonderfully.

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15 Nicole June 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

I was in the treats section and clicked on mini apple pies and it brought me to this page

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16 Merissa June 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

The apple pie recipe is at the bottom of the chicken nuggets recipe.

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17 julie June 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

I don’t have a food processor and was wondering if I could blend it up in my Blendtec? Looks yummy and now I want an apple pie!

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18 Merissa June 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

As long as your Blendtec has like a pulse setting I think you should be fine. You just don’t want to make kitty food out of it by blending too much! LOL!

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19 Cynthia Gheorghiu July 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Yes, I made these last night in our oven. My daughter luvs & there not deep fried in oil ! 🙂

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20 Mel Free July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

No..I haven’t made those yet. On a similar subject..I saw how they made Tator Tots..I now know why my hands are so greasy when I eat the ready made ones..YUK..How about a recipe for those?

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21 Mel Free July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

No..I haven’t made those yet. On a similar subject..I saw how they made Tator Tots..I now know why my hands are so greasy when I eat the ready made ones..YUK..How about a recipe for those?

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22 Little House on the Prairie Living July 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Ooo I actually have a recipe similar to tator tots. I will put it on my list to post:)

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23 Little House on the Prairie Living July 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Ooo I actually have a recipe similar to tator tots. I will put it on my list to post:)

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24 Shelley Megna Horvath July 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

My husband is allergic to mayonnaise- is there an alternative?

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25 Little House on the Prairie Living July 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

What is he allergic to in the mayo Shelley? We actually use vegan mayonnaise since I can’t have too many eggs.

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26 annie @ montanasolarcreations October 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

I’ve been looking for a recipe for homemade chicken nuggets so I’m thrilled you shared this easy recipe!!!!

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27 Hilary Vanderpool October 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Those look so good!

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28 The Backyard Farmwife October 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

Sounds good! Wanna make me some today??? I’m going to be too busy canning cider to make a good lunch… Wait, I never make a good lunch! LOL

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29 Christine January 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

Any one try it with out onions?

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30 Merissa January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

You can just leave those out. 🙂

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31 Jocelyn October 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

These are delicious! I baked mine at 425 degrees on a metal rack coated with oil so they got a bit crispy. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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32 Teresa January 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

What a great way to use up any leftover chicken. Do you think this would work for turkey? Thank you for the great ideas!

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33 Merissa January 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Yes I think it would work great!

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34 Linda Steiger January 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Thank you for this recipe – I cooked a roast chicken the other day and was wondering how to use the rest of the meat – so I will try this as it sounds delicious!

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35 Genesis January 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hello, I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you for all of theses posts-of recipes ideas and resources and this website. I am not sure how I found it but I love it! I have been inspired, and very pleased with what I have tried and a bit overwhelmed by what I want to try next.
Thanks again, Genesis.

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36 Eliza January 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thank you for all your wonderful posts! I was wondering if you (or anyone!) have ever used an alternative flour?….rice? oat? We can’t have wheat in our house, but I think these look so tasty!

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37 Merissa January 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I haven’t yet but I do think these would work gluten free and using gluten free flours.

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38 Kelly February 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I made these for dinner tonight. My family loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

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39 Merissa February 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Awesome, I’m glad they liked them!

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40 jennifer February 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

I am making this recipe as an after-school snack for my 17 year old. 🙂

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41 amber March 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Love your recipes!

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42 bret September 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

we just butchered some roosters,im thinking this would be perfect for those tougher ,older birds.we cook them off in a slow cooker till the meat falls off but its still stringy,there always great for soup if you cut it up (chicken corn soup and chicken chili)but since you run it through the food processor,it makes it perfect,i like the ideas of patties to and knowing whats in them,thanks for the ideas.have a blessed day.

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43 yelena November 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Thank you so much for all the great recipes!!! Is there a reason why this one calls for cheddar cheese? Could I mozzarella instead?

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44 Merissa November 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

It just adds some great flavor! You could definitely try mozzarella!

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45 wanda January 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

What can I use instead of egg? My granddaughter is allergic to them.

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46 Merissa January 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Have you used any egg substitutes before like flax seed + water? A substitute would work in this recipe instead.

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47 Kate September 21, 2015 at 5:01 am

Hi I really want to make the homemade nuggets using left over chicken but wondered if you could confirm the weights and measurements for the UK please?

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48 Amy January 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

I am not seeing the mini apple pie’s recipe?? sorry i must not be able to see it.

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49 Laurie January 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm

OMG I’m doing this with all our leftover chicken from now on! Was looking for a quick dinner solution and came across this. We didn’t quite have 2 cups of leftover chicken so I mixed in about 1/2 cup tofu to make up for it. This of course immediately turned the chicken / onion mixture to paste which you said not to do, so I was a bit worried. I also forgot to add the cheese.

Anyway – my picky eaters are all very happily scarfing it down as we speak! It turned out pretty good and next time I plan to use all chicken and not forget the cheese. I hate buying chicken nuggets but they love them so much. Glad to have this healthy alternative!

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