Do-it-yourself Rooster Nuggets – A Couple Cooks


This do-it-yourself hen nuggets recipe is your new weeknight dinner hero! Right here’s the right way to make wholesome, tasty nuggets that adults and children will love.

Chicken Nuggets

Alex and I are obsessed with cooking all issues from scratch, from French fries to pizza. So we couldn’t wait to share this do-it-yourself hen nuggets recipe with you! These nuggets are made with actual hen breast, baked as a substitute of fried, with a superbly seasoned crunchy exterior.

Why we love this recipe: I imply, how might we not? Do-it-yourself nuggets are an enormous hit with our youngsters (no shock), however adults completely inhale these too! They’re household pleasant, nice for topping a Caesar salad or energy bowls, and when you add a do-it-yourself dipping sauce like honey mustard or ranch they’re completely subsequent stage.

“These hen nuggets have been extremely tasty! I’m all the time cautious of do-it-yourself hen nuggets however these have been 10/10! Including these to our month-to-month dinner rotation.”

Components for do-it-yourself hen nuggets

These do-it-yourself hen nuggets are a lot tastier than frozen or quick meals and right here’s why: they’re made with precise items of hen breast (sort of extra like hen tenders). They’re baked not fried, however nonetheless crispy and irresistibly seasoned. Right here’s what you’ll want:

  • Rooster breast: Purchase natural hen if in any respect doable. Search for boneless skinless hen breasts, or cutlets if doable.
  • Panko: These gentle and ethereal Japanese breadcrumbs are what make the crispy golden crust. Search for gluten-free panko if desired.
  • Olive oil: A contact of wholesome fats helps crisp up the nuggets with out deep-frying.
  • Spices: Garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder create a taste explosion, whereas salt enhances each chew.
  • Eggs:  Right here the eggs act act as a binder, holding the panko and seasonings onto the hen.

Methods to make this hen nuggets recipe

The important thing to crispy baked hen nuggets is an oven secure baking rack, if in case you have one. This lifts the underside floor of the nuggets off of the baking sheet, permitting it to get crispy as a substitute of soggy whereas it bakes. Listed below are the fundamental steps for the recipe:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl, combine the panko with the olive oil. Pour it in a good layer onto a rimmed baking sheet, place it within the oven, and toast for 4 to five minutes till calmly browned. Pour the toasted breadcrumbs right into a bowl and funky for 1 minute.

Step 2: If utilizing breasts, slice them in half horizontally, then lower into bite-sized nuggets and place them in a big bowl. Toss with kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder. In one other bowl, whisk eggs with ½ tsp water. 

Step 3: Place an oven secure rack on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Dredge every bit of hen into the eggs, then toss with the breadcrumb combination. Place the nuggets onto the baking sheet. Bake 10 to fifteen minutes till the surface is golden and the inner temperature measures 165°F.

💡Why purchase natural hen? We advocate shopping for natural because it’s the high-quality meat that’s raised sustainably with out chemical substances. Natural requirements require that the chickens have entry to the outside and can’t be given antibiotics or progress hormones (joyful chickens!).

Chicken Nuggets on a tray with ketchup.

Sauces for do-it-yourself hen nuggets

When you’ve bought your do-it-yourself hen nuggets, in fact you’ll need a dipping sauce! I’m personally not an enormous fan of ketchup, although I do know extra of the world is. Nevertheless, we do have a do-it-yourself ketchup that I feel is fairly scrumptious. Listed below are a couple of sauces for serving with these hen nuggets:

Food plan swaps

After we began A Couple Cooks in 2010, we ate largely vegan recipes and vegetarian recipes. We now embrace the Mediterranean food plan, so we eat seafood and hen sometimes.

In the event you’ve been round for the reason that early days, this recipe may shock you! However nowadays hen is within the dinnertime repertoire. Need a plant-based resolution? Attempt our breaded tofu from this tofu sandwich, or our good friend Jessica has a fantastic vegan hen nuggets recipe. For gluten-free, search for gluten-free panko.

Different serving concepts

Rooster nuggets are nice on their very own as a meal for youths: we like including carrot sticks and serving with ranch for dipping every part. (Why eating places don’t do that, I’m undecided!) For the adults, we like including hen nuggets to salads and grain bowls. Listed below are some concepts:

Storing leftovers

Leftovers retailer as much as 3 days refrigerated. To make the nuggets crispy once more, reheat in a 375°F oven till warmed by.

Extra hen dinners

This do-it-yourself hen nuggets recipe is a rock-star recipe in our home! Listed below are a few of our different favourite household pleasant hen dinners:

Dietary notes

This do-it-yourself hen nuggets recipe is dairy-free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free panko. For vegan, strive breaded tofu from our tofu sandwich instead (it has an analogous vibe).

Often requested questions

What can I take advantage of as a substitute of panko?

Common breadcrumbs will work, however they could not obtain the identical stage of crispiness. You may also strive crushed crackers, tortilla chips, and even cornflakes for a unique texture.

Do I would like to make use of all of the spices listed?

Be happy to customise the spice mix to your liking! You may omit any spices you don’t have or desire to not use.

How lengthy do I have to cook dinner the nuggets?

Cook dinner time will rely on the scale of your nuggets, however they usually take 10 to fifteen minutes to bake at 425°F. Goal for a golden brown shade and an inner temperature of 165°F (74°C).

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This do-it-yourself hen nuggets recipe is your new weeknight dinner hero! Right here’s the right way to make wholesome, tasty nuggets that adults and children will love.


  • 1 pound hen breast: 2 boneless skinless hen breasts or 4 cutlets (natural if doable)*
  • 1 ½ cups panko
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Ketchup, honey mustard, or ranch, for serving**


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the panko with the olive oil. Pour it in a good layer onto a rimmed baking sheet, place it within the oven, and toast for 4 to five minutes till calmly browned. Pour the toasted breadcrumbs right into a shallow bowl and permit to chill for 1 minute.
  3. If utilizing breasts, slice them in half horizontally (when you purchased cutlets, skip this step). Lower the cutlets into bite-sized nuggets and place them in a big bowl. Toss with the kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder.
  4. In one other shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with ½ teaspoon water. 
  5. When the baking sheet is cool, wipe any remaining crumbs from the baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If in case you have one, place an oven secure rack on the baking sheet.
  6. Dredge every bit of hen into the eggs and faucet off any extra liquid. Then place it into the bowl with the breadcrumb combination and toss till totally coated. Place the hen nuggets onto the ready baking sheet. When the entire nuggets are breaded, sprinkle them with a couple of extra pinches of kosher salt
  7. Bake for 10 to fifteen minutes, relying on the thickness, till the surface is golden and the inner temperature measures 165°F on the thickest level. Serve instantly. Leftovers retailer as much as 3 days refrigerated; to make them crispy once more, reheat in a 375°F oven till warmed by.

Notes

*In the event you purchase the hen as breasts that aren’t already butterflied or cutlets, butterfly the hen: Place your hand excessive of every hen breast. Use a pointy knife to rigorously slice the breast horizontally, leaving the sting intact so it will possibly open up like a ebook (or butterfly!). Unfold the breast like a ebook, then lower alongside the fold to separate the 2 halves.

**Sauce concepts embrace ketchup, honey mustard, do-it-yourself ranch dressing, Caesar dressing, particular sauce, or yum yum sauce.

Different serving concepts: Add to a Caesar salad to make hen Caesar. Use nuggets in bowl meals like energy bowls, hummus bowls, rice bowls, or substitute the salmon on this salmon crunch bowl with spicy mayo. Use leftovers in hen tacos topped with lime crema.

  • Class: Most important dish
  • Methodology: Baked
  • Delicacies: American

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