Healthy Nuggets with the Texture Kids Want

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I invented these because my kids liked frozen, bagged chicken nuggets and fast food chicken nuggets (both GROSS). I tried a lot of methods to create homemade nuggets, but I could never fool them with small breaded pieces of whole chicken or ground chicken meat I purchase at the store. The texture was all wrong.

I finally hit on the texture they were looking for by putting whole pieces of chicken into the food processor. Who knew that with just three ingredients I could replicated the texture of the fast food nuggets that my kids wanted without compromising on quality ingredients?


  • 3 partially frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 14 oz)
  • 1 C panko bread crumbs
  • 2 t salt


Cut partially defrosted (but still somewhat icy) chicken into 1-inch strips.

Process the chicken in the food processor until it is finely chopped, almost pasty.

Divided processed chicken into walnut-sized balls (you can make bigger nuggets or even patties if you’d like).

In a small bowl combine panko and salt.

Press the panko-coated balls onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.

Servings: 6

Nutrition Information is for 1 serving (about 5 nuggets):

chicken nuggets


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