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Healthy Chicken Nuggets

A healthy chicken nuggets recipe that’s kid-friendly and quick and easy to make. It needs 5 fresh ingredients (and spices). Ready in about 30 minutes.

Healthy chicken nuggets topped with fresh chopped herbs, with a tomato sauce in a small gray bowl in the top right corner.

Are chicken nuggets healthy? They can be – when prepared at home using clean, quality ingredients. Most of our favorite “unhealthy” foods that you get in stores or fast food places are unhealthy because they’re highly processed, contain weird ingredients, additives, and preservatives.

When you’re only using a few whole ingredients and high quality breadcrumbs, it’s absolutely possible to have an option for healthy chicken nuggets for toddlers and kids who love this classic, kid-friendly food.

How to Make These Healthy Chicken Nuggets:


  • ground chicken
  • breadcrumbs
  • parmesan cheese
  • eggs
  • milk
  • spices (onion flakes, garlic powder, paprika, thyme)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Healthy chicken nuggets cooking step by step photo grid.
  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the crumb coating.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the egg wash in a separate dish.
  3. Form nuggets shapes using 2-3 tablespoons of chicken at a time.
  4. Dip the nugget into the egg wash until coated.
  5. Transfer to the crumb mix and coat evenly.
  6. Arrange the nuggets on a baking sheet.
  7. Slide the baking tray into the oven for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway.
  8. Serve nuggets while warm!


Can Chicken Nuggets Be Healthy?

Absolutely. Healthy homemade chicken nuggets are a great source of protein. Boxed, store-bought nuggets that are highly processed should be avoided.

How to Cook Raw Chicken Nuggets In Oven?

If you’re making homemade chicken nuggets with ground chicken, 15-20 minutes on a baking tray in the oven will do. Make sure to turn the nuggets about halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.

Is Eating Chicken Good For You?

It depends. Chicken is a great source of lean protein. Chicken is healthiest when it’s unprocessed, organic, and prepared in a healthy way.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

A recipe for healthy homemade chicken nuggets. Quick and easy to make. Kid-friendly. 5 Fresh Ingredients (+Spices).
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 4 people


  • 1 lb ground chicken (can also lightly blend chicken breasts) (500g)

For The Crumb Coating:

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (we use our crumbs made from our homemade sourdough bread)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (this recipe will also work fine using only parmesan cheese, just sub the breadcrumbs for more cheese)
  • 1 tsp onion flakes (can use 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For The Egg Wash

  • 1 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat the oven to 425F/200C.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the crumb coating in a shallow dish.
  • Mix the ingredients for the egg wash into a seperate shallow dish.
  • With the chicken, about 2-3 tbsp worth at a time, form nugget shapes.
  • Dip the nugget into the egg wash until coated.
  • Transfer to the crumb mix and coat evenly.
  • Arrange on the baking sheet.
  • Once you’ve finished all the chicken, slide the tray into the preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, turning once halfway.
  • Serve while warm!



Tips & Tricks:

1. You can make this recipe gluten-free, but replacing the breadcrumbs with more parmesan cheese.
2. When baking, you need to turn them over after 5-7 minutes, but only turn them over if they’re nicely golden.
3. Chicken nuggets are cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165F/73C

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