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These are the best Chicken Nuggets you will make at home. Healthy because they are baked, juicy, perfectly crispy on the outside. You need basic pantry ingredients for this recipe and the result is just outstanding. 
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

These are the best Chicken Nuggets you will make at home. Healthy because they are baked, juicy, perfectly crispy on the outside. You need basic pantry ingredients for this recipe and the result is just outstanding. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 401kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Boneless Chicken Breast

For Buttermilk Brine

  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 egg (to be added later)

For Breadcrumb Coating

  • 2.5 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 tablespoon Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme ref note 1
  • 3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Cut chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Try to keep all the pieces of the same size, for even cooking.
  • In a bowl add buttermilk, salt, pepper, paprika. Whisk it well. Add chicken pieces and mix it well. Cover and let it marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours) in the refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Add breadcrumbs and toast it until it is crispy and nicely browned. Keep stirring it to prevent it from burning.
  • When the breadcrumbs cooled down a little bit, add all the spices, flower. Mix well and keep aside until use.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 Degree Celcius). Set a large wire rack on a baking sheet.
  • Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator. Let it sit on the kitchen counter and come down to room temperature.
  • Add beaten egg to the marinated chicken and mix everything.
  • Spread breadcrumb flour mixture in a tray.
  • Take a few pieces of chicken at a time and arrange it in a single layer.
  • Using a fork toss chicken pieces and coat well with breadcrumb mixture. ( Watch video after the recipe to see how to coat chicken pieces without making your hands dirty)
  • Arrange the coated chicken pieces on the prepared wired rack spaced little apart.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until it is crispy, cooked through and inside temp reaches 165 degrees F.

Video

Notes

  1. Replace thyme with dried Oregano or parsley. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 3mg