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Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Homemade chicken nuggets are easier to make (and healthier) than you might think. You’ll never want to go back to pre-frozen, store bought nuggets after you make these!


  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a sheet pan about 1” apart. Press them down just a bit to flatten them out.
  3. Place the sheet pan in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, to help the nuggets hold together for breading.
  4. Pour the panko breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Carefully toss each nugget in the panko, breading all sides, and placing back on the sheet pan.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until the nuggets are cooked through. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

To freeze, cool completely on the pan, then put the entire pan into the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Once the nuggets have partially frozen, toss them into a sealed container or zip-top bag. Reheat in the microwave or oven.

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