Apr 12, 2011

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets



Chunks of all white meat chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love. What can be more kid friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them. Serve them with ketchup, bbq sauce or whatever you like to dip your nuggets into. Adults can serve them over your favorite salad for a satisfying lunch.

Kids love finger foods or anything you can eat with toothpicks so when my daughter was young I would make her a dish of bite sized goodies she liked such as tomatoes, olives, pasta, etc. and served them with toothpicks and she always cleaned her plate! Give it a try, your kids will be so excited!

Once I'm in breading mode I usually make breaded zucchini sticks as well and bake them all at the same time along with some pasta and a salad for a complete meal. 

Double these for more or make half for less servings.


Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th of nuggets • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 164.9 • Fat: 4.6 g • Protein: 22.1 g • Carb: 7.7 g • Fiber: 0.9 g Sugar: 0.1 g

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray (I used my Misto)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.

Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.


Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well so the olive oil evenly coats all of the chicken.


Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then bake 8 - 10 minutes. Turn over then cook another 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked though.

491 comments :

  1. I'm not a "regular" chicken nuggets fan, but yours look GREAT, Gina! I bookmarked it for future use. Thanks! :)

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  2. Ohhhh I am going to be making these this week... thanks for this my boys will love them...

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  3. This looks delicious!! I kind of want to make it for lunch right now haha - but I don't have any Panko! Could I just use extra regular breadcrumbs?

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  4. I haven't seen whole wheat bread crumbs in the store yet. I'm so excited to know about this! I love making homemade chicken nuggets. I have always made them with baked lays potato chips for a lighter version, but I love the sound of yours.

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  5. Jennifer, sure! Panko gives it more crunch but it's just as good without.

    BTW - I also make this with shrimp!! YUM! Sometimes I do both and serve them together.

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  6. Do you know if these freeze well? Sometimes homemade chicken nuggets don't reheat well - the breaking come off.

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  7. looks yummy. i just found the whole wheat breadcrumbs at my supermarket, i'm going to try these this weekend! thanks for the recipe!!

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  8. Can't wait to try these! I have left over parmesan cheese from making your spinach lasagna wraps and now I know what to do with the rest!

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  9. Looks fantastic! Will give it a go!

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  10. Gina, do you have a good guideline for the weight between cooked and raw chicken breasts? I know the points values are usually assigned for cooked chicken which weighs less than raw, but I am not sure how to guess this (ie, what does a 8oz raw chicken breast weight when it is cooked?). If I am cutting up chicken to use in a recipe, I won't be able to weigh it seperately when cooked. Thanks!

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  11. And the verdict... they were delicious!!

    I used 8 tbsp bread crumbs since I didn't have any panko - and I had at least 2 full tbsp of breadcrumbs leftover after I finished dipping - so you might be able to get away with something even lighter :).

    Definitely will eat again. I think the panko would have made it crunchier, maybe even given it a bit more taste, but they were delicious without it.

    I also had to bake mine for about 5 minutes longer than suggested - which is common with my oven - to get them to be as crispy as the ones in the picture.

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  12. Kelly I've never tried freezing them but they are best baked and eaten the same day. You can easily make this for two so you don't have leftovers.

    I always list the raw weight so weigh it raw ad you'll be accurate but 4 oz generally becomes 3 when cooked. 8 oz becomes 6.

    Jennifer - that was quick!! Yes I did have a little extra crumbs left but I think the points would remain the same.

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  13. This sounds nice - recently, I tried a different recipe where the liquid to make the breadcrums stick was a mixture of buttermilk and mustard ( = less fat). Had a very nice taste, too... but I'll make sure to try this variation as well, especially with the parmesan cheese. ^^

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  14. These look delicious!! Going on my list!!

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  15. Diandra, that sounds good too! I like coating my chicken in a little oil or melted butter to help my crumbs get golden and crispy. Even using Italian dressing is delicious for more flavor!

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  16. I noticed when looking for whole wheat breadcrumbs for another one of your recipes that every brand, including 4C which you display here, has HFCS in it. Do you know of any brands that are HFCS-free? I guess I could always make my own, but I haven't been buying whole wheat bread crumbs for that reason.

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  17. If you're looking for HFCS-free bread crumbs, Ian's is great:
    http://www.iansnaturalfoods.com/breadcrumbs.html

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  18. what would you suggest to make these gluten-free? I was thinking that perhaps a mix of GF cracker and bread crumbs?

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  19. This is the same mixture I have been using for Baked Chicken for years. Mixing Bread crumbs and parm cheese. SO good. I like to use a mixture of FF Italian dressing, lemon juice and water, to moisten the chicken rather than oil, though I bet the oil helps with crisping it up. Never though to make nuggets with them. Thanks!

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  20. you could freeze these by freezing the chicken without the crumbs in a freezer bag, and putting the crumbs in a separate small freezer bag, when you want to make them, unfreeze, and all that's left to do, would be to dip them in the crumbs (this is how I make chicken fingers).
    hope this helps !

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  21. Yum! These look so good! I have a similar recipe only using panko breadcrumbs and I usually make mine into strips. I'll have to try this next time!

    -Marissa

    http://www.noraisinsonmyparade.com/2010/11/baked-chicken-fingers.html

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  22. I have some stale whole wheat bread ready to be made into bread crumbs. Any guess on how much italian seasoning I should add?

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  23. Would you recommend the same dipping sauces if you use shrimp?

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  24. You can make your own crumbs, or sometimes I get lucky and find homemade whole wheat crumbs in the Italian deli. Add dried parsley, salt, onion powder and garlic powder.

    For shrimp I don't use dipping sauce, I like to top it with fresh lemon.

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  25. These look delicious! I would love to try this preparation with chunks of fish, too.

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  26. Lynn for Gluten Free they sell gf breadcrumbs in the health food store. Also crushed cornflake crumbs or rice chex would work or maybe a combo if both.

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  27. I added some Frank's Hot sauce to the olive oil for some of the nuggets and they turned out great! My 4 year old loved the "spicy" ones! :)

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  28. i've been craving fried shrimp...this might satisfy it - how much shrimp would you use and does the cooking time change?

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  29. These are so much better than any fried version. I know my kids would love these.

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  30. I was just thinking about making homemade nuggets- and now I know how! Thank you :)

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  31. I want that whole tray you made! The heck with any kids! ;) Seriously, everything you make looks SO good. Plus, healthy! I'm going to have to try the whole wheat crumbs, plus baking instead of frying. Thanks!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  32. Great idea Jennifer!

    If you make shrimp use 1 lb extra large shrimp, baking time is about the same. Keep an eye on them you don't want to overcook them.

    Krista, easy!

    Gloria - I actually did eat the whole tray! But it was an 8 point lunch so it wasn't bad.

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  33. What a fantastic dish! These are much healthier than the pre frozen variety. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Kentucky Mary4/13/11, 7:41 AM

    If you want to make your own breadcrumbs, just dry out slices of bread first. Place them on a rack over a cookie sheet and put into a 250 degree oven. Test them every few minutes to see when they have dried out. It depends on the bread so I can't tell you how long this takes.

    Cool. Break up into large pieces and put in a blender or food processor and give a whirl. I like mine a little larger so they are crunchier. Then season before using in any recipe. Gina's recipe is good, but sometimes I add some Italian Seasoning Blend too.

    This is a good use for bread that is past it's prime and you can avoid HFCS or any other ingredient necessary.

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  35. I am definitely going to have to give this recipe a try! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  36. Oh it's NOT about leftovers - for two. We have 4 and I'm thinking of planning ahead! That's the kind of chicken nugget recipe I'm looking for. ... We'll see. I bet they're SUPER yummy! :)

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  37. I made this with your baked, seasoned french fries recipe last night. It was a super easy dinner to bake together, any my husband added it to the list of my list of greatest dinner hits! (It was a very short list until I found your blog). Much better than regular nuggets! Thanks.

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  38. I made this with a some chicken tenderloins that i had in the freezer instead of using chicken breast and I also didn't have the panko. But these were some of the tastiest, moistest, chicken "tenders" that i have ever had. Beat most restaurant fried ones (and restaurant chicken tenders are one of my favorite foods ever!)

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  39. My 2-year-old loved these! Much better than giving him the processed kind in the freezer aisle. He dipped them in ketchup and "ate them all gone", as he would say. My husband and I enjoyed them as well.

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  40. Making them right now! I know they will be excellent, just like everything on your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Tried these tonight and my child loved them (I did too). I made some in the olive oil bath and some with an egg white bath. Both turned out wonderful. Thanks for a great recipe.

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  42. OMG the chicken nuggets were to die for!!! Now i feel better when i serve them to my 2 yr old! :) thanks for recipe!

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  43. So happy you all liked them :)

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  44. This is great, thank you :-)

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  45. I love making my own chicken nuggets! It's so much cheaper and healthier. If I'm feeling lazy about it, I'll just use Shake-N-Bake to coat my chicken peices, it makes it even healthier to skip the oil.

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  46. This recipe came just in time! I was searching for a baked chicken fingers/ chicken tenders recipe and just couldn't find one that looked great. These are exactly what I was looking for. Can't wait to try them, thanks!!

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  47. You must have read my mind. I was just on the site looking for chicken nugget recipies last week. My son LOVES chicken nuggets and I hate giving him the frozen ones. So I going to make a few batches and freeze them so he can have it through the week. LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog. You have truly made it doable for me to change the way we eat, without giving up the foods we love. I have lost 12 pds so far on weight watchers and it's about 60% thanks to you, and 40% thanks to Beach Body workout videos.

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  48. I made this with shrimp last night. My husband is a really picky eater and he told me several times how much he enjoyed them! He already asked me to make it again! Thanks for the wonderful recipes, you're a life saver!!

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  49. These were so tasty! I was really surprised by how many the recipe made. I was imagining that a serving would just be three or four. I used 16 ounces of boneless skinless chicken thighs (because we had them on hand) but did everything else to the letter. So so juicy and delicious. My boyfriend went back for seconds

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  50. As my kid would say. "nummy nummy"
    http://www.blairlockout.com

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  51. Yum! These were a big hit with my hubby. My question for you is, are these freezer friendly? Thanks!

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  52. Andrea, good question. If I were freezing I would bake half way so it doesn't dry out when it is reheated.

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  53. I made these for my son and a friend and we loved them. Everytime I have guests, I use your recipes because they always get compliments and thy keep me on plan. I actually liked the olive oil better than a buttermilk wash. It stuck better, didn't come off as much on the pan and were crispy. Plus the recipe was downright simple. This is my new go to nugget recipe.

    I see people keep asking about freezing but with the simplicity of the recipe, there seems little point. If you just froze the chicken pre cut, the prep tim would be 5 min. No point in possibily sacrificing texture by frezing.

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  54. You have the best timing! I was thinking to myself that I needed to find a healthy nugget recipe, and low and behold, it appeared on your site! Thanks, Gina! The hubs, kids and I devoured them!

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  55. Gina, you absolutely NEVER disappoint! I made these for some friends with your baked seasoned fries recipe. Oh goodness, we were all in heaven!

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  56. These were awesome!! My kids ate them up! I'm going to make a bunch and freeze them for later! Thanks for the recipe! I didn't have panko, so I just used a pkg of italian seasoned bread crumbs. But they were still good!

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  57. I would like to try this on fish and shrimp as well.

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  58. oh wow, these looks great...i make chicken nuggets by dredging it in flour, then egg and then he bread crumbs mixture, and then i fry it...these looks like a better and healthier alternative...will try this recipe tomorrow for my two girls...
    question though, how do you get it to brown like that when baking? does the olive oil do the trick?

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  59. Divide the batch in 4 portions. It's basically about 4 oz

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  60. These were fabulous!! I am so excited to have some for leftovers. They are most certainly going on the regular rotation. Thank you again for your amazingness!!

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  61. Just made these and they are delicious! I didn't use Parmesan cheese as cheese tends to set me overboard lol (I'm a cheese addict, I can admit it) and it still came out awesome. Had enough to pack some up for lunch tomorrow :)

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  62. My husband made these last night at my request. OMG they were SOOOOO GOOD!!! Did not miss the frying at all. In fact, these may be even better than fried. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  63. Can't wait to try this! You should try these crab cakes they're awesome

    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/courses/healthy-un-crab-cakes-maryland-style

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  64. Do you seem to find Whole Wheat bread crumbs in most grocery stores? I never can find them. :(

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  65. These were amazing, even minus the parm. cheese!!! Thank you Gina for giving me some great options while on WW!!

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  66. Gina- I made these tonight and only had panko in the house, mixed that with some fresh grated parm cheese and voila it was AMAZING... I was so full, but wanted to keep eating. The only thing that stopped me, was wanting to save some for the boyfriend to have for a snack or lunch tomorrow! Gotta share the wealth! Love your recipes and so glad I found your website!!!

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  67. I guess I'm lucky that I find whole wheat bread crumbs in my supermarket but you could use plain instead. The points remain the same I believe.

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  68. Hi Gina,
    I'm from Canada, and couldn't find seasoned Italian bread crumbs, just the regular kind. Will they work? How should I substitute the seasonings flavour?

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  69. Gina- as always, this recipe was AMAZING! I made these for dinner tonight along with your Lighter Baked mac-and-cheese... it was fantastic, guiltless comfort food! My fiance said it was a contender for his favorite meal I've made. :) Thank you SOOO much for your blog, I've found many favorites here that have made WW much less boring, and I pass it along to EVERYONE! Keep up the great work. :)

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  70. OMG soooo good! Like others, I had to use non-whole wheat crumbs, but man... these are amazing!

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  71. Hannah - add dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder and salt to make seasoned Italian crumbs along with the grated cheese.

    Chicken nuggets and mac and cheese sounds like the perfect comfort meal!

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  72. Making these tonight along with your slow cooked black eyed peas! Gina I just wanted to say thank you! I'm a college student that loves to cook and your recipes make it so easy to eat healthy and it still taste good! Every recipe of yours I have tried has been awesome.

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  73. I just made these chicken nuggets, and seriously the best chicken nuggets I have EVER had. I will NEVER buy frozen nuggets again. These we so easy to make and my husband and I both loved them. Gina you rock my world :)
    ~Danielle

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  74. Gina, I made these for company tonight and they were enthralled. They made sure to enter your website into their phone for later before they left the house. My family loves your recipes. We've had the turkey meatballs, spinach lasagna rolls, and a few others. Thanks so much for making such a great site that houses easy, tasty, gourmet recipes for dieters!

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  75. I love chick-fil a nuggets. They are a huge weakness for me. However, I just made these amazing nuggets today, and OMG these are soooooo good. I love these things, I'm going to make them tomorrow for lunch. Thank you Gina, these are a winner!

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  76. I love your blog because it causes me to try new things. I never heard of panko before, but I tried it with these nuggets and wow!!!!! I actually feel like I can cook, when I make your food :)

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  77. Just made these today..and OMG they are delicious! My husband even loved them and asked me to make them again soon! Made some honey mustard dipping sauce to go with them...wow! Thanks for the recipes! Keep them coming!

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  78. I've made these 3 times already since I found the recipe last week. They are brilliant and so is every other recipe I've made from here.

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  79. I love these little nuggets. They taste great and are so easy to make.

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  80. Made these again with chicken breast this time (last time we used boneless skinless thighs) still soo delicious but I have to say that the thighs were way tastier and also cutting them into equal sized pieces was a breeze. Thanks again for the recipe

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  81. I just made them with your avocado chicken soup. Both turned out great! I must also say that I had about 3 tbsp of breadcrumbs mixture leftover. So next time I think I will put in only 4 spoons of breadcrumbs. Saving on the calories! :)
    I really loved these! I always assumed that since the chicken nuggets have to be fried, I would probably never be able to have them. But thanks to your recipe I get to enjoy them again!

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  82. I'm confused. It's 4 points for 1/4th of a nugget or 4 points for 1 nugget? Either way it seems like a lot.

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  83. WOW!!! These are the best chicken nuggets I have ever had. My boyfriend said they were addicting. This recipe will definately make it into my regular meal rotation!

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  84. Nikki it's 4 points for 1/4 of the whole tray of nuggets. The way I cut mine that gets me five or six nuggets

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  85. I had another baked chicken nuggets recipe that I used to make that mixed oil with the Italian breadcrumbs & you dipped in egg first. this recipe topped this in calories (yours is less) and in taste. Thanks for improving even my "healthy" recipes! :) (My kids said this was the best recipe ever!)

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  86. Wow Gwen, so happy you liked them. Who knew chicken nuggets would be such a hit!!

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  87. these were delicious! i used your skinny ranch dip with them, so amazing. thanks so much!

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  88. I started making my chicken like this about a year ago and they are nummmy! The best part is that they are very quick to prepare after a long day at work. I hadn't thought about using whole wheat crumbs as a healthier choice I am going to have to give that a try.

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  89. OMG, these were awesome. My son who is an expert in eating chicken loved them. I will fix them like this forever.

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  90. made these & they were delish! thanks for yet another wonderful recipe!!!

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  91. Mmmm, that looks yummy.
    The most important lesson I have learned as a former overweight person is that I do not have to starve to lose weight!
    You see, most people believe that in order to lose weight you need to starve yourself and eat “rabbit food”. This is not so, you can eat tasty food and lose weight!
    What can I say? I am into healthy food and life. Thank you for your recipes and advice. You are an inspiration!

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  92. Had these last night, and loved them!! Very moist, and tons of flavour. Thanks Gina!

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  93. these are delish!.. my family ate them up and asked for more.. needless to say i had to make them twice in one week lol thanks for sharing

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  94. Best Chicken nugget recipe ever! Hands Down! I never thought to bread them in olive oil! I didn't use panko just left that out. My husband and kids gobbled them up! No leftovers! Thanks for the healthy recipe!

    Happy Mother's Day Gina! Hope you get a cook free day today!

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  95. Jen Lepley-Callan5/9/11, 11:34 AM

    My son picked these off the site (he's 8) and made them for me for Mother's Day dinner...of course I helped...but he did wonderful and was so proud that he made one your recipes...very great recipe for chicken nuggets!

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  96. SOOOOO GOOD!
    Love making healthy chicken nuggets for my family, instead of the frozen "mystery meat" nuggets that you buy at the store!
    Thank You for all that you do! So HAPPY that I found this site....out of the ten recipes I have tried ALL of them are winners!

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  97. Delicious, as usual! Made these tonight with the skinny macaroni and cheese and my kids gobbled it all up. SO much better than store bought chicken nuggets!

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  98. If I use perdue chicken tenders would that change the nutritional value?
    PS . I am just in love with your recipes !

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  99. As long as the weight is the same it shouldn't change.

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  100. Between this recipe and using a variation on the chicken rollatini(the bread crumbs held on by lemon and a smidge of oil) I had some serious happy campers at my house! My older son told me that these were the best chicken nuggets, ever. This coming from my finicky kid! Even my father in law, who is not a chicken nugget fan, enjoyed them. They could not tell the difference between the two versions I made. Kat Proof Recipe! Thanks again Gina!
    Kat Creamer

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  101. Thank you for this recipe - now me and my boys are gonna ask the lady in the house to make these for us.

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  102. Served this yesterday - they were so easy and quick when I needed a fast dinner. And we loved the flavor!

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  103. I made these as part of a dinner party with some girlfriends and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the recipe, will definitely become part of my rotation!

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  104. My sister used the recipe but used turkey breast (wild, that our husbands killed a few days earlier)and it was YUMMY. It is a must try, if you havent done so already!!!

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  105. Thank you, thank you - i just made this tonight and my 5 year old that sticks his nose up at every type of chicken except orange chicken, gobbled these up - my husband declared them delicious and my 15 month old chomped happily on them...these will be a regular in our household as my boys are chicken nugget lovers but I hate fast food nuggets. These are healthy, light and delicious.

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  106. Great! Who knew chicken nuggets would be so popular!

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  107. I just finished making this and it is DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for a great great recipe

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  108. Just made these tonight.......it was a hit!!!
    My kids and husband loved them. Thank You!! :)

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  109. I haven't had chicken nuggets in forever because the fast food versions seem so unhealthy. These however look awesome!

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  110. Super yummy! Thanks for another great recipe! I've been trying a few lower calorie nuggets/finger recipes, and this is BY FAR the best!! =D

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  111. OMG yummy!! and EASY! Last night we had garlic lime pork chops with fiesta rice and today these easy, yummy chicken nuggets!!! i'm usually so intimidated and lack creativity in the kitchen!! your website is truly inspiring, and i might actually enjoy cooking!! I enjoy that your recipes are few ingredients, quick, and easy!! These nuggets were delicious!! Maybe our "dining-out" expense will finally start decreasing!! THANK YOU!!!

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  112. They were super yummy and hit the spot. The kids loved them and I happened to have everything on hand no need to leave to go get extra ingredients. Really really good.

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  113. Made these tonight... My two kiddos (ages 5 and 7) didn't like them, and I just can't figure that out, because I think they're delicious! I've seen this exact recipe in the community recipe swap area on WW.com, and it is listed as having 5 PP points. Any idea why the discrepency?

    Thank you! I'm loving your website. It's my go to website when planning my meals now!

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  114. Teresa, now that's a first! No, I never look at the community boards so it's hard to say, maybe they changed something.

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  115. very good idea, not for kids only, as I can't erat fatty foods this seem to be superb idea, I would avoide parmesan in favour of seasoning to make them even less caloric

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  116. I didn't read comments, so I don't know if anyone already asked... but what dipping sauce did you pair these with in your photo? :)

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  117. It was ketchup and sweet and sour sauce.

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  118. I made this the other day, but I switched some things around. They were to die for, thank you!

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  119. I just made these, along with your baked zucchini sticks and garlic biscuits. All were amazing! My husband says, "tell Gina thank you! You've never cooked like this for me!" haha he loves it! I've just discovered your site like 2 weeks ago and have made 10 of your recipes. All have been a hit! THANK YOU!
    -Kristen

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  120. So happy the hubby aproves!! :)

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  121. You know, the generation that came right before you still doesn't recognize "nuggets" as food for anything but kids. Just sayin'...

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  122. SO yummy! (as your recipes always are) I didn't have panko but next time I will try it with it. I made some chicken AND shrimp. I mixed tobasco with the olive oil and used red pepper to season....spicy deliciousness!!!

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  123. Gina, these were delicious, but when I made them they were not crispy! What do you think I may have done wrong?

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  124. Maybe sraying them with more oil would help. Or turning the temperature up. I'm assuming you followed the directions exactly? The Panko is pretty crispy.

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  125. This recipe got me addicted to your site! I have made these more times than I can count and they are always amazing - my only issue is figuring out a way to make them not stick to the cookie sheet.
    I also added a little more to these - I add balsamic, lemon juice, and sometimes a little garlic to the olive oil.

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  126. These turned out GREAT!! Seasoned them with some cajun seasoning first (we are big fans of spicy) and they were so easy, and so good. Made with the light mac n cheese. Yummy dinner. And I have been struggling with wanting some comfort food lately, so this just hit the spot! Thanks so much!!

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  127. We made these tonight for dinner, super fast and so good! Thanks!!

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  128. I can't wait to try these chicken nuggets! Thanks so much for your post!

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  129. I made these tonight for my family of 4 along with your zucchini sticks. The nuggets were a hit with all while the zucchini sticks were a hit with 3....can't appease everyone all the time. Thanks for the great tips.

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  130. Hi Gina!
    New to the blogging scene here. LOVED this recipe!!! Had a busy day so I only got to make these for dinner tonight, but I can definitely see using this recipe on a regular basis. SO much better than store bought!! Think I may even try cutting them in strips and using them for sandwich wraps for hubby!! YUM YUM!!!!

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  131. We make these all the time in our house. My husband likes these so much he has renamed them "tasty nuggets."

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  132. Made these tonight. My 2 yr old devoured hers, the hubby went back for seconds, and the 4 yr old (who isn't a fan of anything with meat) ate two of them! A huge round of success! Thanks so much!

    Oh, and I originally picked this recipe out because my youngest is allergic to egg whites and soy. I liked that you used olive oil instead of egg. She also can't have most chick nugs b/c they have soy in them. So... thank you!

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  133. I discovered your site about a month or so ago and have tried many of your FABULOUS recipes! Your Skinny Cheesecake is now a family favorite. I finally got around to trying these and my family DEVOURED them! I love how easy they were - I even made a batch as a snack for my boys at 11:00 p.m. the other night! Thanks so much for all the work you must put into the site - love the photographs, too! Thank you! Thank you!

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  134. Fabulous!! Any idea if it will change the points if I do not use the cheese? We are a lactose free family! :) Thanks!!

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  135. Hi!
    Could I re-heat these in the microwave for a weekday lunch at work?

    I love your recipes!

    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  136. I'm not sure if the points go up without the cheese, you'll have to chk on recipe builder.

    You could re-microwave later in the week, I do if I have leftovers. It's best fresh out of the oven of course.

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  137. These are AMAZING! We will never go back to frozen or refrigerated "chicken nuggets" again! I love this recipe, almost as much as this website! Thanks, Gina! :)

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  138. As I type they are in the oven I decided to make chicken strips and "patties" instead of nuggets, but they should turn out just as good.
    Also Gina, I couldn't find any whole wheat Italian bread crumbs at my local Kroger. Do you know what the difference in calories are?

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  139. Brittany, it shouldn't effect the calories much since it uses a small amount of crumbs.

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  140. YUM YUM YUM! this was so good...great treat but not going to clog my arteries!!

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  141. These were awesome! My Two year old ate them up like crazy! He is very picky when it comes to eating meat. Also, my husband said they were unbelievable as well. Thanks for the recipe

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  142. I made these, let them cool, froze them individually on a cookie sheet, then bagged them in freezer bags. When we were ready to eat, I let them thaw some in the fridge and then baked. They turned out great. I actually made 3 lbs.

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  143. These were AMAZING!!! my husband wants me to make them everyday! we all couldn't stop eating them! I couldn't find whole wheat breadcrumbs so I used Italian flavored Panko, mixed with regular Panko and a parm & herb seasoning...delish!

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  144. Gina, these were such a delight for dinner. I will be making this recipe often!

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  145. Uh, these are DELICIOUS. I made them tonight and will for sure be making them in the future. :) Yum!

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  146. Thanks so much for this recipe! We used to make chicken nuggets 'the old way' in a big vat of canola oil. Sure they were yummy, but that greasy feeling leaves your stomach unhappy. After loosing a lot of weight, this is the only way I will make them again. I followed the directions to the letter. The breadcrumb/panko/cheese method is just yummy! Pair with some pasta and sauce and your home smells like an Italian restaurant! :-) Thank you!

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  147. These totally remind me of the Shake-N-Bake chicken nuggets that my mom used to make me and my siblings when we were kids. It was my favorite thing in the world. I don’t have any kids either but I totally agree that we should know exactly what is going in our mouths (and theirs in the future). It’s time consuming, but important and worth it. Plus, it’s more fun!

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  148. YUM! My kids loved them as did my husband. Served with baked broccoli mac&cheese. Kids asked to take leftovers in their lunchboxes today.

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  149. I plugged this into WW recipe builder and it came out to 5 points plus per serving...

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  150. These are delish! In fact, this is how we make our chicken breasts now too. We get tired of all the chicken we eat but these are always SO tasty!

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  151. OMG my family loves these! I have a very picky 6 year old and he eats these up. My 3 year old usually eats 2-3 helpings of these! I have not found a recipe of yours that we do not love!

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  152. I made the recipe w/o panko and it was delicious! a little dry but next time will turn up the heat a little, the taste is very good.
    Thanks!

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  153. These were so good my 3 year old asked to take the leftovers to preschool for lunch the next day and he is SUCH a picky eater usually! We used your skinny ranch as dip and it was just perfect!

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  154. Quick, easy, and simple!

    After my sweet and sour chicken turn out a disaster I decided to make these because it's extremely quick and easy!

    However, I used regular Italian bread crumbs as I couldn't find whole wheat at Target and did not use parmesan cheese since I had none.

    Really enjoyed, but I'll make sure to season it more and cook it longer than suggested times.

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  155. Beautiful! I love baking chicken nuggets! They taste awesome!

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  156. Looks delicious. BF is like an overgrown kid when it comes to food, so maybe I can make these up to slip him something reasonably healthy. Could also see throwing some on a salad.

    I have italian seasoning but not bread crumbs. Would it work to smash some crackers, or would it be better to toast and crush some bread?

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  157. I just made these and used a Wheatabix biscuits crumpled up instead of the bread crumbs. I think the parm cheese adds so much flavor. These were wonderful! And I love that there are no perservatives, fillers, etc.

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  158. You could use stale bread to make the crumbs, I've made them with crushed pretzels too.

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  159. Having these tonight, as in eating them right now lol. They are delicious! Our 23 month old loves them, hubby tells me they taste like "real chicken nuggets." We are eating with with strawberry and lettuce salad.

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  160. I made these last week and over the weekend and they were amazing! the 2nd time I used dijon mustard instead of olive oil (save a point - add more flavor) I could have eaten the whole thing myself!

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  161. How do these do after they're frozen? My daughter loves chickrn nuggets so i usually make HUGE batches and freeze them.

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  162. These nuggets are insanely GOOD! I usually end up doubling the recipe we love these nuggets so much! Thank you for an incredibly simple, yet delicious recipe!

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  163. Hi Gina, I accidentally added the seasoning for your baked seasoned fries to your nugget recipe. Wow! They tasted fantastic and a little more grown up. Thanks for sharing. I just love your site and use it more than any of my extensive catalogue of cook books.
    Cathriona

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  164. Anna- I haven't frozen them but I assume if they sell them frozen, these should freeze fine.

    miss- I bet that was great!

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  165. A big hit with my kids! This is now my go to recipe for chicken nuggets! I am throwing away my old ones. Thanks a lot!

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  166. Stumbled across your blog today while stumbling. I've tried several ways of cooking nuggets for my son and I think this might just work. I'm so over buying the frozen greasy nuggets and I'm more into whole food cooking. I also dip into the archives of http://www.gourmetnutritionist.com/ who also wrote The Best Homemade Baby Food on The Planet. I think a lot of your recipes work for wee ones. Nice work and thanks!

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  167. I made these tonight for my roommates. Although we've tried (and loved) some of your other recipes, we were a little doubtful about these because we love our fast food nuggets. They were phenomenal. I did leave out the bread crumbs, just using panko crumbs and I added more herbs. They were so crispy and juicy. Thank you so much!

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  168. made these tonight, they were amazing! I couldn't find any whole wheat bread crumbs so i used regular plain. does that change the nutritional information? and if so what would the numbers be? Thanks!

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  169. I made these last night. I still can't believe that my entire family enjoyed them, even my picky 9YO!! OUTSTANDING! Slight modification was to use chipotle panko crumbs only and left out the parmesan cheese. Also, this was the first time that the breading actually stayed on the chicken :)

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  170. These are so quick and easy to make! I am a pharmacy student and live at home by myself, so between all the studying, it's not easy to find the time to cook! This such a delicious recipe! Definitely will keep making these as a study snack :)

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  171. I love these! I add a little lemon to the olive oil and serve it with your zero-point tzatziki and 1 point whole wheat mini pitas. It makes the best low point lunch ever! You are a lifesaver Gina!

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  172. These were so great! Made them last night. Flavorful, juicy and crispy! My 22 month old loved them too!

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  173. I would like to make these using gluten free bread crumbs, but I'm concerned that using corn flake crumbs won't give it the same great flavor. Can you recommend any seasoning perhaps to add to the the cornflake crumbs or if there is possibly a gluten free shake and bake out there?

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  174. You made those in the oven?! They look really great. Delicious and healthy recipe thanks for sharing :)

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  175. What about taking some baked corn tortillas and crushing them and using that instead? Seasoned ones would give you added flavor.

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  176. I've been combing the internet for a good chicken nuggets recipe. I have to try this one out. I might even toss in a few sesame seeds, too!

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  177. Very good

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  178. Im a college student and I made these for dinner tonight. Needless to say these were AWESOME!! I'll be making these more often

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  179. I tried these last night and they were yummy! Added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to kick it up a bit. :)

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  180. Made these tonight, We all loved them! Thank You so much for the hard work you put into your site and recipes...and for sharing!

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  181. OMG these nuggets are looking mouth watring... yummy yummy ;) .. thanks for the recipe dear! :)

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  182. Oh...I have a similar recipe that we use. They are fantastice! I love how they're good for you, but have that 'fast food' feel that the kids like!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Willa

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  183. These are super yum. We even make chicken breasts this way now. So easy and so yummy. Thanks!!!

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  184. My son loves chicken nuggets so much I'm afraid he's going to turn into one. ;) I hate buying the prepackaged nuggets at the store because of all the other nasty ingredients in them. These look easy enough to make in bulk and freeze! Thanks!

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  185. Made these tonight- they were really tasty and I'll definitely make them again! Mine however, totally did NOT get brown and crispy looking like the picture - but they still tasted great. :-)

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  186. I made these last night and we loved, loved, loved them! Can't wait to have them again. The Panko seemed to make a difference...I've never used that before, and glad I did last night. One variation was that I used the Perdue Perfect Portions that wefe pre-marinated in italian dressing, so I just cut up the raw chicken and put right into the breadcrumb mixture. They were so fantastic! Thank you, Gina!

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  187. These are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MY 3 year old loves them!

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  188. YUMMY!!!! That's the only thing I have to say!

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  189. just so i know, is the serving size about 100 grams? i'm so glad i found this, i entered weight wacthers and i was sick of eating grilled chicken breast every day!

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  190. These are so delicious! My husband, who is not a healthy eater, loved them. They were delicious to pop in your mouth cold for a little snack.
    Gina, what supermarket do you shop at?
    Thanks! Vicki Newman

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  191. I served this as an app at a party not too long ago and everyone LOVED them! They are a staple for me - for a snack or to toss in my salad! Thanks for all the great recipes, Gina!!!

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  192. I've made these several times and they are wonderful! Everyone who tries them really enjoys them! They are very similar to Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets. I recommend this recipe to anyone who wants a quick and easy meal or even a snack!

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  193. Just made these an hour ago...They we're DELICIOUS!!! Thanks so much for the new recipe!!

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