Invented in the 50’s by Robert C. Baker, today the chicken nugget is enjoyed throughout America. McDonalds introduced their chicken McNuggets in the beginning of the 80’s, but lately everyone is concerned about the stuff they’re made of. Kids love these fatty foods and so do adults. Whether you order them in or fry them frozen from a package, they are a fast way to a full belly. Making them at home is not a tremendous task. You can prepare a load and store them in the freezer. Chicken nuggets don’t need to be unhealthy. If you use the right ingredients and bake them, they can be just as delicious as the store bought stuff. Not to mention, healthy. Here’s our home-baked homemade chicken nuggets recipes. Enjoy!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipes
You can always fry these homemade nuggets, but if you do, make sure you freeze them first. That way, you can make sure the nugget doesn’t melt and disassemble inside your skillet.
Basic Chicken Nuggets Recipes
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or 1/4 cup of oil
Chop the chicken into the smallest chunks you can. If you’re not that good with a knife, you can use a food processor to pulse them to a rough texture. Add 1 egg to the meat, and combine them. Pour the cheese and bread crumbs as well, and mix well. Add 2 tablespoons of oil or butter, or more if the texture is a little dry. You can also add sour cream to soften the mix up. If it’s too watery, you can add more bread crumbs. Make sure you have enough bread crumbs to roll the nuggets in it.
To make the nuggets, rub some oil on your hands and form 1 inch size balls from the mixture. Flatten the balls and dip them in bread crumbs. In a deep bowl, mix the milk with the egg. Dip each nugget inside this mix, then roll it in bread crumbs. Lock the crumbs in place by pressing the nuggets, and arrange them over a baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven to 400 degrees F, or until the tops get crumbly and red-brown.
Cooking tips and tricks
As with all recipes, this homemade chicken nuggets recipe is easier said than done. So before you give up on the idea, you should know you can prepare them in advance and keep them in a freezer. Although chicken can safely be stored in the freezer for months, you can safely store this recipe for 3 weeks, maybe a month. You can also mince the meat and leave the egg out, then unfreeze the nugget mix, mix in the egg and prepare the nuggets for baking.