Healthy family recipe: Homemade chicken nuggets

Looking for a healthier version to prepackaged chicken nuggets? Give these homemade nuggets a try. They have much less fat and calories, and more protein then your typical prepackaged nuggets.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets


1 pound (2 large) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken breast tenders cut into 24 even bite-sized pieces

1 1/2 cups Whole wheat bread crumbs

1½ teaspoons smoked paprika or sweet paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

2 egg whites

Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Coat a baking pan with olive oil spray.

2. Melt butter in a small shallow bowl. Let cool slightly and mix in egg whites.  Add bread crumbs in another shallow bowl and toss with paprika, black pepper, garlic and onion powder. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then coat chicken evenly with bread crumbs and place on baking pan. Continue until all chicken has been coated. Spray top of chicken with cooking spray.

3. Bake chicken for 10 minutes. Turn over, spray with a little more olive oil spray. Bake an additional 7-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked and golden brown.

Makes 6 servings (4 nuggets per serving)

Adapted from Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox


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