Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy homemade chicken recipe for toddlers and adults!

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese then baked until golden.
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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. A delicious recipe to prepare chicken breast that even adults can enjoy served over salad for a satisfying lunch. If you have an air fryer, you can also try Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy homemade chicken recipe for toddlers and adults!

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!

I make these nuggets for Madison for lunch, I often make some at night and put them in her lunch box the next day, she doesn’t mind eating them cold. I’ve even made a bunch and served them as appetizers, because who doesn’t love chicken nuggets!

These also happen to be egg-free, for those with egg allergies, I use oil instead of an egg and it works great and helps get the breadcrumbs golden. 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.

Tips for perfect baked chicken nuggets:

  • Start with organic chicken, when possible. Trim any excess fat.
  • Baking pans will give you different results, these work best in an aluminum pan for even browned and crisp edges. Nonstick doesn’t work as well.
  • Spray the pan with oil to prevent sticking.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy homemade chicken recipe for toddlers and adults!

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Chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love!
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Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

188 Cals 26 Protein 8 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
Chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love!


  • 16 oz 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and black 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


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. 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 through.


Serving: 4oz chicken, Calories: 188kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 427mg, Sugar: 0.5g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: Baked Chicken Nuggets, Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets, Kid-Friendly Chicken
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy homemade chicken recipe for toddlers and adults!
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with chunks of chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then baked until golden. An easy homemade chicken recipe for toddlers and adults!

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  1. I have 4 boneless chicken thighs. Can I use these instead of breasts or will it make a difference in the taste?

  2. Kids and adults alike will love these! I appreciate that you don’t have to dip them in an egg mixture first, it really streamlines the process and makes for less of a mess!

  3. My son adored these! He just turned 4 and helped me pick a ton of recipes from Pinterest. These are the best looking and best tasting breaded chicken I have ever made!

    I did not find them soggy at all. Mine were wonderful and juicy on the inside, and quite crunchy on the outside.

    I misread the recipe and was dunking each piece of chicken (we had grabbed organic thighs) in the oil, and then coating. So we went through a lot more oil, and I think thus ended up with a lot more coating on each nugget, no complaints here 😉

    I had a dark cooking tray, with parchment paper laid down. I also did not have an oil spray, so we skipped that step.

  4. I just made these and they were absolutely delicious!  Thanks for all of your great recipes that have helped me eat healthier and enjoy some of my favourite foods while lowering calories.

  5. After 18 minutes… these were still soggy and not browned for me. I’m sure it’s just me, but is there anything i should try to prevent that next time?

  6. These healthy chicken nuggets are by far the best we have ever tasted! They are way better than any frozen nuggets you might find at the supermarket and they have no questionable ingredients! I used Trader Joe’s All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, which we love, and we have made them three times already! I’m sure they would taste great with good quality chicken breasts from any source, Not only are they perfect for kids but adults love them too! While I would never have eaten a fast food or
    a packaged frozen chicken nugget, I love these and they taste amazing!

  7. Can I weigh out 4 oz for a serving following cooking? Or do I need to weigh it and separate a serving before cooking/while it’s raw? I made this recipe previously and loved it! I’m making it again tonight and just want to make sure I get my servings right!

  8. What would you change for air frying?

  9. I used Pheasant breast instead of the chicken…they came delicious…I served a honey/mustard dipping sauce…this is a keeper and will be made often…thanks for sharing the recipe…

  10. Fantastic easy to make healthy ckicken nuggets!

  11. I made these last night and they were a big hit. I didn’t have Panko on hand so I just skipped it. The process of mixing the raw chicken with the olive oil in a bowl makes sense! The coating stuck on the each piece nicely and it got crispy!

  12. i usually don’t write reviews, but this tastes better than actual unhealthy chicken nuggets. delicious 

  13. Do you know if these freeze well? I want to make a batch for my picky son and freeze them in individual servings. How long would they last in the freezer?

  14. Hey Gina, I just love the way in which you add the nutrition information at the end of your recipe’s. And can we replace the olive oil spray with coconut oil? Will it affect the taste of the chicken more?

  15. So delicious!! This was my first air fryer recipe and I couldn’t get enough. I had to do 10 minutes at 400 as some of my pieces weren’t done after 8. Other than that, perfection! 

  16. Hi Gina, don’t do WW, but I love your recipes! Can you tell me how long I would have to cook these in an air fryer? A friend got me an Actifry, and so far, I have only used it for French fries. My family tries to eat GF, so, I would love to be able to make chicken nuggets and these sound delicious! I love that I can easily figure out how to make them GF!

  17. Would this recipe work with shrimp?

  18. My 2 year old LOVED these! We used turkey cutlets instead of chicken. But my picky eater was very happy!

  19. Crushed rice Chex as GF alternative. 

  20. Superb. I’m a novice cooker and this is now my signature dish, lol. I haven’t gotten the panko yet, though. My daughter loves taking them for school lunch.

    • does she re-heat them or do you heat them in the morning and keep warm in a thermos? If she re-heats, do you change the cooking at all? How long do you re-heat?

  21. It was very tasty, but not a nice crunchy coating. It was a bit soggy. How can I get the coating crispy?

  22. These are my “go to” chicken nuggets. I love them!  Easy and great tasting!  Perfect for kids AND  ADULTS.!  

  23. I’m wanting to make these for a healthy potluck at work. How could I go about keeping these warm until lunchtime?  Thanks!

  24. I love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

  25. Can you freeze them after they’re cooked? If so what’s best way to reheat?

  26. AIRFRYER UPDATE: used airfryer tonight on nuggets, they were amazing… preheat at 330 degrees; cooked for 10 mins, flipped half way and sprayed olive oil when flipped.

  27. DId you ever try these in Airfryer? Just bought one and eager to try it.

  28. If I double the recipe, should I be cooking them longer? 

  29. Does using eggs instead of olive oil make it less crunchy/crispy?

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  35. I couldn’t find the whole wheat crumbs, so I had to use regular. However, I did substitute the olive oil for eggs (since eggs are free on freestyle) and it brought it to 2 points per serving ????????

    Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Love this recipe! easy and delicious!! Have made many times and even made with crushed corn flakes when we were out of bread crumbs-of course the points are all different at that point, but we make Skinnytaste recipes because they taste good and not because we are counting points. Great recipe!

  37. These were amazing!!! Didn’t even need sauce. ?

  38. These healthy Chicken Nuggets are awesome

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  41. I made the chicken nuggets and also put some pickles on the baking sheet and they were all sooo good! The pickles of course weren’t exactly like deep fried pickles, but when your counting macros this works!!!!

  42. My kids love these!! We make them all the time.

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  44. Have you tried these in the Air Fryer? Just wondering how it would effect the crunchiness.

  45. Does anyone know if these are already adjusted for the freestyle plan? Thanks!

  46. what can i substitute with panko? or can i just ignore it? cuz i have no panko now ><

  47. From Edinburgh, don’t know what Panko is ,, help

    • Panko are Japanese breadcrumbs. They’re bigger and fluffier than packaged Italian breadcrumbs. They’re used for tempura. 🙂

  48. Does it matter if you use kraft grated or finely shredded in package parmesan cheese?

  49. So these freeze well after cooking? 

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  51. How many chicken nuggets would be 4 ounces? Just trying to figure out how many make up 188 calories.

  52. Can I use ground chicken?

  53. My store sells catfish nuggets. Would this work with this recipe?

  54. Why do you have to use Panko bread crumbs and  the whole wheat breadcrumbs?  

  55. I started a diet recently and tried these tonight, they’re delicious! Definitely a hit with my fiancé and I, will be making these again!!

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  58. What brand of parmesean do you use… I’ve used some that have 20 cals for 2TBSP and I’ve also had some that have 110 cals for 2TBSP. It’s a big difference. Please help! 

  59. Loved the flavor but wish they were crunchier! Any suggestions? 

    • Off the top of my head, you could increase the panko ratio in the crumb mixture, or you could deep-fry them in oil. I’ve fried chicken bits in my wok for General Tsao’s etc. and they come out pretty crunchy. You can use batter if you do that too; a tempura-style batter would be very crunchy.

      • Anytime I want crisp in my fry or faux fry I add some corn starch to my breading mixture. A little goes a long way.

  60. This looks easy and delicious. Anyone try cooking these in a air fryer i/o baking?

  61. What about dipping in egg instead of olive oil?  Or does that make it less healthy?

  62. If you swapped out egg whites for the olive oil, how would that impact the nutrition facts/ww points?

  63. Hi, can I leave out the cheese? We have dairy allergies.

  64. I would make this again. Trader Joe’s does don’t have Italian crumbs so I put in a tbls of dried oregano, basil and thyme. Turned out good! I like it that it’s healthy w no milk and eggs. Thanks!

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  66. Omg!  These are so easy and delicious!!!  Made them today for a snack during football and they were a hit!   Thank you so much for your great recipes!!!

  67. Holy amaze balls of deliciousness. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  69. Just letting everyone know that I prepped everything as Gina did and then froze them raw. It has been a few days and they come out awesome every time. My babies LOVE them!! I placed them in a sprayed pan and spray the top with a bit of olive oil. I baked at 425 for 8 minutes on each side. You would never know they were frozen! Love this recipe and so does my husband! Im so glad I decided to make a large batch. Quick and easy meal for my twins.

  70. Made this tonight and it was amazing! I made them with your chipotle sweet potato fries and my husband and I just loved the dinner.

  71. I sure wish someone would state if they froze these in their raw state. I am about to try since I made a TON!

  72. Made these last week. They were delish!!! 

  73. Oh my and I thought this site was already awesome!!! I’ll never buy nuggets anywhere again! Simple to do and so much better!! I can’t thank my sister enough for turning me onto skinny taste! Keep up the wonderful work and recipes I’m sold for life!!!

  74. These are SO good! I make these all of the time for me and my 3 year old son. We can’t get enough of them 🙂 Thank you for this great recipe!

  75. SO DELICIOUS! I’m a college student and so cooking is a little hard because of the expense, but I had all of this stuff lying around my kitchen (I used breadcrumbs maybe once or twice since I moved in) so it was so cheap and easy! I bulk-made about 7 pounds of this and I’m freezing it to munch on for the next couple of days. Total lifesaver (now I have no excuses for eating breakfast cereal for dinner. Hah!)

  76. These were ok. I think ground chicken would be more like a chicken nugget. These were super chewy. 

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  78. Gina,

    I had planned to try (for my first Skinny Taste recipe) your Skinny Chicken Parmesan from your first book, but for some reason, I was looking up healthy chicken nuggets on Google and came across this recipe. So I decided to try it and WOW! I discovered that I can cook almost as good as my mom.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas for a healthy approach to life; I only wish that I had discovered that back when I was 12 not 52, but it is never too late to turn healthy.

  79. I’ve been making your recipe for these for years now, and tonight I decided to experiment with hot sauce. I cut the chicken in strips instead of nuggets, coated them in this breading, and then tossed them in Buffalo Wing Sauce. The result was AMAZING!!! And the wing sauce only added 30 calories and no carbs! So glad to have this recipe!! 

  80. Gina, this recipe was perfect! Deliciously crispy, tasty, and healthful. Thank you for sharing!

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  82. Not gonna lie I totally destroy this meals nutritional value by coating in flour > egg wash > then bread crumbs lol

  83. I love these chicken nuggets! I've made them multiple times as they are so fast and easy to make when you're an on the go college student. My picky eater boyfriend even enjoyed them!!

  84. These were amazing! I prepared them according to the recipe, but froze them instead of baking. Before use, I thawed them for a couple of hours, and then baked them according to the instructions. They turned out great! Much tastier and healthier than anything I could find in the freezer isle.

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  86. Thank you for this chicken nuggets recipe. It will go along way to make my grand kids happy tomorrow. This is great for me because it will help show them that McDonalds menu is not always the best place for chicken nuggets.

  87. We love, love, love these. I calculate the new Smart Points to be 5 per serving, FYI.

  88. These are great!!!! I make them regularly now and my kids LOVE them!

  89. These are delicious! My son, a very picky eater , told me they are even better than McDonald chicken nuggets! 😉
    Thank you for recipe. Definitely going to be making again.

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  91. As a new wife, it is very difficult to get my "unhealthy" husband to eat anything decent. For the very first time he LOVED my cooking and begged for more meals like this. THANK YOU.

  92. Don't know what to say, when you dont eat chicken. (x i am a vegetarian. ahaha

  93. I like the presentation in the picture- they look so tender

  94. Look delicious and lovely…Although a well-made nugget may not worth as a gold nugget, it can produce joy of taste that make everybody happy.

  95. Just made these! delicious for when you need comfort food!

  96. OMG I love these nuggets!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  97. Could these be baked and then frozen for really quick meals later on????

  98. Made these gluten free with some bread crumbs I had in the freezer. Doubled the recipe for my family. Good! Will definitely make these again.

  99. Those look great. I was just thinking of what I would do for dinner. I have some jalapeno cheese slices that I would probably try as well. I want to know how it would turn out if I used those instead of the Parmesan. I may add a sprinkling of differently spiced crumbs in the recipe.

  100. Yes! I make these quite often and no matter how many I make…they get gobbled up. I personally think they are even better the next day. Great in a salad too!

  101. i know this post is old but i just tried these out with a toddler i nanny. So simple! Thank you !

  102. I do this, but I use egg instead of olive oil in the first bowl.

  103. Thanks for the recipe looks yummy …

  104. made these for the family and they were a hit!! I've been looking to a chicken nugget rec. as my kids love them. I no longer need buy them at the grocer!!! thanks for the amazing recipe!!

  105. These are delicious! For a gluten free version I substituted almond meal for the bread crumbs and it was SO GOOD. I love finding healthy alternatives.

  106. I seem to be working my way through your recipe box and this is another winner! I served your zucchini tots on the side and my husband and son said it was the perfect meal. Thanks!

  107. Awesome Recipe

  108. Gina,

    Are the calories listed really for 1/4 bite size piece, cause I had like 10 nuggets and thats like 2310 calories. please clarify.

    • Angela,

      I’m pretty sure that the nutrition information, including calorie count is for 1/4 of the given recipe. Since I doubled it, I would eat 1/8 of the pieces.



  109. Has anyone ever made these and freeze them for a later time? These are so good! My kids love them and I would love to make some up, bake them, then freeze them. I have done it before with a different recipe and they were real dry when I cooked them from the freezer. Probably cooked them too long! Thanks!

  110. Gina,

    Are you saying that the calories listed are for 1/4 of the bite size pieces, because they were so good I ate like 10 and thats like 2310 calories. This cant be right?

  111. My family loved these. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  112. My daughter loved these…until we found out she needed to be gluten free. So, I took gluten free rice krispies, crushed them up and added some seasoning and used it for the bread crumbs! Problem solved! So good!!!!

    • Udis makes lovely gluten free breadcrumbs. seasoned or not. I am GF and my son never notices when I sub what I make for them.

  113. These are delicious! Husband and child approved!

  114. Had these for dinner tonight with the SkinnyTaste Lentil Salad as a side. DELICIOUS!! 🙂 My husband loooved it; he couldn't believe this was actually a healthy dinner.

  115. I made these last night and they were Great! I made your ranch dressing to dip them in. I just pre-ordered your new cookbook that comes out in Oct. 2014. I can't wait to get it! Because i have a "redcard" at Target i got 5% off the order PLUS free shipping!

  116. Made these tonight, and my kids (very picky eaters) LOVED them. Great recipe and easy to make!

  117. I made these last night. Huge hit with the 4-year-old. My mom was at my house when I pulled them out of the oven & she tasted them. She like them too. So much healthier than buying them from BK, McD's, etc. And they taste even better!

  118. Can these be made without the panko? I don't have any. Could I possibly just use more bread crumbs?

  119. Can these be made without the panko crumbs? I don't have them at home. I'm wondering if I can just sub more bread crumbs for them?
    Thank you!

  120. OMG! These look so mouthwatering! I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing Gina 🙂

  121. This is amazing!! My daughter has an egg allergy and what a wonderful way to make nuggets! She even helped me make them by dipping them in the oil and then the dry crumb mix. My picky 5 year old son loved them, too! Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.

  122. I refuse to BUY whole wheat bread crumbs! I save the heels of my whole wheat bread and just food processor them into crumbs and freeze them in a bag so they are ready for use whenever I need them! 🙂 I add Italian seasoning for recipes like this:)

  123. I made these about a week and a half ago but wasn't crazy about the parmesan and felt like they needed a little bit more flavor to make me truly love them (and I hadn't baked them long enough, so they were lacking the crisp coating that I wanted). Tonight I've modified them to my liking: Omitted the parmesan completely, but added in some ground flaxseed, and two McCormick seasonings (Perfect Pinch Salt Free Garlic & Herb, Perfect Pinch Original Chicken). They were perfect 🙂

  124. BIG FAN! My husband and I both LOVED them…and BONUS they are super quick and easy!

  125. I made this tonight. I added Italian seasoning to the breadcrumbs and it was fantastic! I will be doing this one again for sure!

  126. Is there a way to just print the recipe without all the pictures?

  127. i think it's all about finding the right bread crumbs.. the chicken nugget turned out ok but I was hoping for something less dry and savory… maybe tweaking the batter from just oil to something else. otherwise, its a great simple recipe that's easy to work with =)

  128. YUMMY. I am going to use crushed Ritz crackers i have a bunch left over from Christmas.

  129. Looks good. Just curious, but how is this only ~8 carbs per serving? The bread crumbs + panko have to be more than that, no?

  130. My boyfriend can be a bit of a picky eater, which makes healthier cooking a bit of a challenge. Your baked chicken nuggets are now his absolute favorite meal. He would eat them every night if he could! I wish I was joking… 🙂 Honestly, thank you so much for the delicious, easy, boyfriend approved recipe! Please keep the great recipes coming!

  131. Can you freeze these? Do you cook completely and then freeze? If so, how long do they take to defrost/reheat?
    Or freeze before cooking?

  132. I have made these several times (as well as the chicken parm) and mine always come out wet and soggy, with no crispiness… and stuck to the baking sheet, even though I spray it well! thoughts?? I do make sure that I dry them well, but it's just hit or miss.

  133. These were SOOO good! I made them last night for dinner with your recipe for Cauliflower Tots and a side of broccoli and no one would have known that this dinner was as healthy as it was. A big hit that will now become part of our favorites!

  134. These were sooo good. The munchkin loved them. Left out the parmesan cheese, didn't have any. And used homemade panko.

  135. Do these freeze well, so I can stop buying the store bought ones my boys love to heat up when they are hungry?

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

  137. SOOO good!!!

  138. Very good, It's delicious

  139. Do you think I could make these with firm tofu instead of chicken for vegetarians? They look so yummy!

  140. I know this is an older post… But I'd like to add, I love to use ground flaxseed on my chicken nuggets. Well really anything that requires a dry mix.. Turkey meatloaf, chicken Parmesan…. It's a great way to get those omegas…

  141. I made these last week. They were very good. I did not use the cheese though. So much healthier than fast food places.

  142. I hope these freeze well, cause I just made a double batch and froze them in a ziplock bag. 🙁 I thought they were under the freezer friendly meals category!

  143. I found this by googling freezer friendly homemade chicken nugget recipes. I found your blog entry discussing once a month mom (oamm). It stated to flash freeze after completing the recipe clear through baking. Then your comments on here say that you've never frozen them before. So has this been tried out and what were the results. I refuse to ever buy chicken nuggets again, so I need to find the best alternate solution.

    • Yes, that is where I found the recipe too and then I also saw the comment that they were never tried from a frozen state. ha ha! Oops. I did end up flash freezing them as I am making a ton of freezer friendly meals for the upcoming months after I have my baby. 🙂

      Would like to hear suggestions on cooking times from a frozen state!

  144. Make your own whole wheat bread crumbs. I use the heels of light whole wheat bread. Dry them on cookie sheets and then put them through the food processor to break down. You may end up with a few large chunks that won't break down so throw them away. Season with any herbs and/or spices you want. Much less expensive than buying seasoned bread crumbs. Don't know about you, but we usually throw the heels away and this is a great way to use them. Store in air tight container.

  145. If I make these as baked chicken breasts or tenders instead of nuggets, will I need to change the cook time so that they will cook all the way through? Sorry, I'm new to the cooking game!

  146. They are great, actually better than i though! kids loved it

  147. Love, love, love this recipe! So easy and quick to make. I will have to find my olive oil mister to give it a little extra browning and crunch but my family of 5 loved these! Thanks for sharing!

  148. Just made these for my 2 year old daughter and my 12 year old nephew, they gobbled them up. My nephew said they were better than the "real" chicken nuggets. He also asked me to please give his mom the recipe. Thanks for another great recipe.

  149. Do you spray just the pan with olive oil spray or the tops of the nuggets too? Sry if this is a dumb question!

  150. I never comment, but I have to comment to tell you that my 2 year old who will not try ANYTHING tore these up! THANK YOU!

  151. Love, Love, LOVE!! I just made these for the first time, and the whole family practically inhaled these! Instead of using 2 large chicken breasts I used an equal weight in chicken tenderloins, which made cutting them into nuggets sooo easy. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly (cooking for 10 minutes and then 5), and they were flawless! These seriously taste like they have been fried, even though they are 500x healthier. Thanks for the recipe!

  152. So excited about these! We're having them for dinner, they're in the oven now. Also making your loaded Texas fries with them, so can't wait 🙂 My kids are excited to know that mama is still letting them eat chicken nuggets hehe.

  153. After making Gina's crock pot chicken taco chili, I had an extra chicken breast and decided to make these with it. So glad I did! They were reaaly good…they were crispy and not greasy. Just wish I had more! Will definitely be making these this week!

  154. My wife and I have made these twice and they're awesome. Our five-year-old loves them to. Thanks for a healthy alternative!

  155. When I make homemade chicken nuggets, I just put all my dry breading mixture and seasoning into a ziploc bag, shake to mix well, then add the raw chicken and shake to coat. My chicken is always sticky enough to hold onto the breading on its own. Then I just spray liberally with cooking spray and bake. It may not be quite as crunchy, but it does help cut down on time and energy expended, and it also might help cut down on oil used. I also usually add some ground flax seed and/or wheat germ to the breading to bulk it up and make it a bit healthier, but I'm not sure I've ever tried adding Parmesan to it. And the Panko would definitely add some of that sought-after crunch. I'm definitely going to have to try it.

  156. these were great! though I did not achieve the crispy golden brown, they were great non the less. I served them with your zucchini tots and it was a hit with the whole fam. For an adult version I made mine lemon chicken bites just by squeezing fresh lemon juice on them.

  157. Made them last week! AMAZING!!! Having them again tonight! Love Love Love!!!

  158. Gina you're awesome!! This is my first recipe from Skinny taste, I saw it this morning and now I'm having it for dinner! It'soooooo good, I didn't use panko, and it's still delicious! We're pairing these with the sweet potato fries. Looking forward to trying more recipes!

  159. Also so good in left over chick fil a dip!!! ( I'm sure a light version can be made)

  160. Made for dinner…. Added some homemade powdered ranch spices and my husband says he wants them every night! S o moist too! Thnaks

  161. Gina, I can't say thank you enough for all the work you do to give us the awesome recipes on your blog. I look forward to your emails and to Facebook postings. Thanks again.


  162. These are so good!! I added a bit of turmeric for color. My entire family devoured it and asked for more! No more frozen nuggets in this house 🙂

  163. Made these again last night for dinner, but decided to make a Gluten Free version with Almond Meal instead of bread crumbs and panko. Delicious…but for 7pp for about twelve of them instead of 4pp.

  164. very good! didn't use parmesan as i am lactose intolerant and they still came out great! may try italian dressing instead of olive oil next time.. i know they probably won't get as crispy, but we'll see. thanks for the recipe!!

  165. I agree delicious and 1 year old and 2 year old agree!!! I was sceptical as the color was blah!

  166. Just made these! They taste great and you're helping me become so much better and actually enjoy cooking. Thank you!!

  167. Made these tonight. They are great. Kids loved them.

  168. Made these for dinner with a side of sweet potato wedges and homemade chipotle mayo. Tasted awesome!

  169. I make these all the time and my wife and I love them. A little bit of cayenne pepper takes them to the next level.

  170. I made these and they were SO good. I dipped them in fat-free honey mustard dressing.

  171. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I will never make another recipe for chicken nuggets ever 🙂 Thanks so much Gina!!

  172. This is THE best Healthy Chicken Nugget I have ever had! We pair this with the skinny baked mac 'n cheese for a fun, comfort food dinner…which we start with a nice salad!

  173. Has anyone tried this recipe with fish??? How did it turn out?

  174. Just made these!!
    added them to a salad and it was EXCELLENCE!! they are so lightly breaded! Props!!!

  175. Your web site has been such a joy and help to my family! We LOVE these chicken nuggets! Thanks for all you do 🙂

  176. I made them with Japanese bread crumbs in place of the panko. I love the crunchiness. 🙂

  177. Wowsa. Love this recipe! I used thin chicken that was still a bit frozen, making it really easy to cut into the perfectly sized pieces. I served it as "Chicken Parmesan, Kid-Style." It was the first time my 2-year-old ever ate chicken that I made for him! Thanks, Gina!!!

  178. Just made these for dinner & they were great!! The kids LOVED them too! Will definitely be making again!

  179. These are delicious.! Thank you so much. I'm such a fan of your site. We love the cuban black beans and cilantro rice and the skinny eggplant parm. I just had to write after we tried this recipe. My husband went back for seconds. That is rare! And my incredibly picky 4 year old son ate these without a peep. I did a happy dance in the kitchen and then calmly came back to the table and acted like it was no big deal, but I cannot thank you enough for giving me another recipe that all 3 of us will eat. Bless you. Thanks for sharing.

  180. Took this recipe tonight and rather than nuggets, kept in strips and made buffalo chicken sandwichs out of it with light baby bell cheese and 100 cal bread .. it was delish. a bit higher in cal and fat but for a full meal, worth it!

  181. Gina, if I wanted to make them spicy, what should i add?

  182. I made these for my boyfriend tonight by special request. When I was cooking them, it seemed like a lot of work to do when there are so many easy ways to get chicken nuggets, but when we tried them, it was totally worth it!! It is so nice to be able to eat tasty chicken nuggets that are all white meat and not filled with all of the nasty bi-products you get in the commercial brands. I'd like to know if there's a dipping sauce anyone recommends (maybe something like the Polynesian sauce at Chick-fil-a).

  183. These are delicious….sitting at the table with my kids right now and they are really enjoying them. I think I'll make these once a week and use the extras in a salad for dinner. Great recipe!

  184. OH MY GOODNESS they are FANTASTIC!!! Thank you!

  185. I used entirely panko, since that's what I had on hand and then tossed the cooked nuggets in buffalo sauce, they were awesome!

  186. I made this for dinner last night and they were sooo yummy! The kids loved it! I definitely will make this again.


  187. Made these for my (newly) 5 year olds birthday dinner tonight and they were a big hit with everyone (from the 3 1/2 year old to Grandma and Papa). Thanks for the recipe!

  188. While searching for low sodium recipes, this one popped up. Strange, because it doesn't give the sodium level in the nutrition guide. I'm looking for recipes to make, freeze and transport to my 87 y.o. MIL a couple hours away. She can't cook for herself anymore. My BIL (her main caregiver) can't be with her all the time to prepare her meals, so I've been cooking & freezing a lot of different foods for her to pop in the microwave when she's hungry.
    I looked up the sodium levels for the ingredients. I think I'll make them with only panko (7% sodium) and the parm (8% sodium)(whole wheat bread has higher sodium) and add Italian spices. Of course, leave out the salt & only use pepper. I'm also thinking of using a bit of Dijon (5% sodium) the olive oil (0% sodium) for more flavour. She is a very picky eater but loves white chicken meat, so I'm really hoping this will help with a few meals.
    I don't like white meat, but I might even try these using thigh meat for my husband and myself…after reading all the rave reviews. Thanks!
    Debbie 🙂

  189. I made these tonight with the Broccoli Orzo recipe. Delicious and easy! I followed the recipe exactly except I used chicken tenders instead of breasts. We dipped them in honey – looking forward to leftovers tomorrow night!

  190. Looks delicious! But, any suggestions on what I could use to replace the Parmesan?

  191. Is the cooking time the same for shrimp?

  192. We love these and make them all the time! My toddler calls them "chicken crumb". We don't even use the term "nuggets" b/c I don't want him associating these healthy bites of yummy-ness with the junk that people get from the drive-through. They are truly so much better than any fast food nugget I've ever had! Thanks for creating!

  193. whoever said eating needs to be fattening? with recipes like these, eating is not just for the tummy but for the soul indeed! will try this! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  194. These are now a family favorite! We've even experimented with various seasonings in the olive oil and the bread crumb/panko mixture.

  195. Made these for my boyfriend a week ago and we're addicted to them! So quick and easy 🙂 I'm definitely keeping this on my regular recipe rotation!

  196. Really yummy!! Hubby and 4 year old loved them. Success!! This will now be in the regular rotation. Thanks!! 🙂

  197. Can you please tell me how long I would need to shrimp if I was to use it in this recipe? Thanks.

  198. I have made these once before and my son (9) raved about them. he loved them!! Making them tonight especially for him. My daughter didn't care for them but she is super picky. She would actually rather have the chicken with no breading. She typically picks the breading off at restaurants. I may try to do some very lightly battered for her.

  199. I adore this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  200. These were fantastic!!! So easy to make – my kids LOVED them! Ive tried *a lot* of chicken nugget recipes and this by far is the best one out there. They even taste great the next day.

  201. Very delicious! I served mine over pasta, to make a sort of chicken parm. I will be making these again! I did have a hard time finding the whole wheat breadcrumbs, so I just used regular.

  202. this was AWESOME, so much flavor. My 20 month old is usually not a fan of nuggets, but decided to try these. WOW, AWESOME. Will be making more of these. thank you for making healthy eating YUMMY

  203. I just made these and they're amazing! 🙂 I was so impressed and they were really simple! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, including this one. I'll definitely be making these again. 🙂

  204. Just curious…is there a health benefit to using olive oil instead of a beaten egg as a wash before the breadcrumbs? I've noticed you are pretty religious to the olive oil throughout your reciepes. I would almost think an egg would be better?

    Thanks for the great/easy recipes always!

  205. I just made some of these tonight…they were mmm…mmm…good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  206. Yes, they are great!! And my LO loved them!!

  207. WOW thanks, my son loves these. even used with a gluten free powdered chicken coating, they came out great.

  208. I found you via pinterest. I tried making these tonight and they were DELICIOUS. I am a complete amateur and even I could do it. Any suggestions on how to make a spicy version? Thanks for making me feel like I can cook!

  209. FYI… it works well to sub almond meal (almond flour) for either panko or bread crumbs. Then, it ends up being less carbs and more protein.

  210. Hi Gina –

    I stumbled across your website when I was on a different diet system, but grew to love your recipes so much that I was inspired to switch to Weight Watchers. I'm not actively trying to lose, just maintain, and your recipes are always delicious. However, I just HAVE to comment on these chicken nuggets – wow! I've made maybe fifteen of your recipes, all delicious, but this one just takes the cake. Better than any fried chicken nugget I've ever had! This will certainly be making weekly appearances in my house. Thanks so much!

  211. I am making these tonight for dinner!

  212. Just made a batch of these yesterday, this recipe was such a huge hit, (I froze and then reheated, the breading didnt come off :-), I am making another huge batch this weekend to replace the store bought ones we usually have in our freezer. THANK YOU so much!

  213. My kids LOVED these!!

  214. Just made these. They were a hit with my picky hubby! He said "Why would anyone buy bags of nuggets when you can make these?!" They are delicious!

  215. We loved it! Easy and delicious.

  216. I made these again last night for dinner. They are so delicious and so easy. They made my boyfriend and I feel like little kids again. =) I used Italian breadcrumbs instead of whole wheat, which are not quite as healthy, but super delicious. Love this recipe!

  217. Great reciepe. However, instead ofwhole wheat seasoned bread crumbs, I just used whole wheat all purpose flower w/ the panko and oliive oil (no cheese). Still came out delicious and I couldn't help but eat the whole thing by myself!!!

  218. I'll be giving this a go next week and can hardly wait.

  219. Soooo so good! Made these today as a part of my lunch! Delicious!

  220. My oven will only heat to about 375 degrees. If it goes over this it shuts off. How long would I need to cook the nuggets for at 375 degrees?

  221. These were fantastic!! No kids, but me and hubby loved them! I'll have to make a double or triple batch next weekend to keep in the freezer. Thanks Gina!!

  222. Hi Gina! I made these tonight, along with your Roasted Parmesan Green Beans, and the whole meal went down a treat with myself, my mum and sister! So tasty!
    Can't wait to make more of your recipes.
    Many many thanks!!

  223. I made these tonight and we really liked them. My husband referred to them as "popcorn chicken". I like that the breading can really be played with. I made it according to the recipe but next time we will probably add other spices to change the flavor. Love that I can feed my family a popular finger food that is healthy!

  224. I keep Kosher, so I can't mix dairy and meat/poultry. Therefore, I can't use the cheese in this recipe; is there a way to make these without the parmesan?


  225. I'm starting to become more interested in cooking since I never really learned. It's even more challenging since my boyfriend is a very picky (snobby) eater. He *LOVED* these and I really enjoyed them! Very easy to make and so quick as well. Great recipe and I'm sure to use this very often!

  226. Thanks Gina! I can't even tell you how often I make these…and for adults. They're delicious! Especially with chili flakes for an extra kick!

  227. I made these tonight along with your loaded baked potato soup! Loved them both!

  228. Wow looks delicious!! have to prepare this recipe for my kid's lunch pack, nust adding the ingredients in my shopping list.

  229. I made these over the weekend and they were SO GOOD and SO EASY! They are crispy and delicious! I'm actually making them again tonight. Thank you for all of the AWESOME, healthy recipes! You've helped make sticking to WW points very easy 🙂

  230. These nuggets are fantastic! They are a great "go to" recipie for chicken that is so easy and fun to make. My (picky) 9 year old daughter LOVES them too!!!!!!! Thanks, Gina!

  231. These nuggets were a BIG hit at our house. Going in my favorite recipe book. Served over a spinach and strawberry salad with sugar pecans. I found this recipe on PINTEREST. Thanks and Happy Summer from us in Norway. Warmly, Kristina 🙂

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  233. I just made these for lunch today for myself & my 1 year old. We both absolutely loved them! I used Pecorino-Ramano cheese instead of parmesan because I had some freshly grated. I prefer fresh cheese whenever possible and personally like the taste of pec-ram cheese better. But yummy!I used 1 huge chicken breast and just eye-balled the breadcrumbs. They were delicious! & with some bbq sauce..yum. My daughter now looks like a bbq, crumb monster. Thanks for the recipe!

    Brittany from Seattle

  234. I use the end pieces of whole bread.Tear it up into the food processor and toast in the oven until cripy.Homemade bread crumbs that are whole wheat.

  235. This recipe is fantastic!! My husband made these for dinner a couple of nights ago and we ate all of them… He said it was easy, and it was so yummy! Thank you for the great recipe!

  236. These were very tasty! I made them with your mozzarella sticks for my hubby & I for supper with some low fat tuna noodle salad. Delish 🙂

  237. My girls who are famous for not eating anything we make for them LOVED these! Thank you for a healthy take on one of their favorite not-so-healthy (at all) foods.

  238. made these a while ago.Delicious!!!!!!!!

  239. My very picky children loved these and so did I. Thanks for the much needed healthy version of a family favorite.

  240. My daughters are SO picky and they are (through my own bad influence) big fans of MCnuggets. Trying to eat healthier as a family, we made these on Friday and to my surprise THEY LOVED THEM! These are SO delicious, WAY cheaper than MCnuggets and so much healthier! Thank you!

  241. I am so glad I ran across this recipe! I was looking for a good alternative to the mcnuggets my girls love because I want my whole family eating healthier and these look DELICIOUS. We're making them tonight!

  242. My almost 4-year-old and 14-month old gobbled these up. great recipe!

  243. I just made these for lunch…they were awesome!!! Anytime I need a new recipe to try, I visit your website! Thanks for your hard work 🙂

  244. My 7 year old and 4 year old neice said they were better than "the happy meal"place.

  245. I made these tonight…YUMMY! Thank you so much for this recipe. I have 5 year old twins and this is such a better, healthier option than the Tyson Chicken Nuggets….

  246. If I made this using boneless skinless chicken tenders, how many points would it be per tender?

  247. OH EM GEE! I just made these for my bf and I but in a bigger version (I butterflied a single breast and we had one side each) I also added some chilli flakes and dired herbs into the crumb. The only thing was my didnt look as covered as yours but were still tasty.

    You are now in my favourites bar on my lap top and one of my top three food blogs to follow! THANK YOU!

  248. Hey Gina! Would this work with fish?

  249. Gina these were amazing! I made them one night in attempt to advert my family's attempt to make some pretty gnarly-looking bbq pork. They LOVED them. In fact, they've requested that I make them for parties which is FANTASTIC because I can spread the love of healthy food!

    In fact, this recipe was a start in getting my younger Autistic brother to eat healthier. He's having some health issues, and I hope that this recipe and more can help put him on the right track to eating healthier with foods he loves!

  250. I can't tolerate dairy, is there any substitute for parmesan cheese?

  251. Just made these tonight they were great! Another great recipe. Thanks Gina,

  252. these were very good…my husband complained bc I was baking them and then ate 2 servings (so that tells you that it didn't matter that they were baked). My picky toddler ate 3 nuggets to herself and she rarely eats meat!!!! These are def going on regular rotation!

  253. I'm confused by the WW points value of this recipe. When I enter it in recipe builder, I get 6 points per serving not 4. I think the discrepancy is from the chicken. Two large chicken breasts are 6 points; however, if you use 16 oz of chicken breasts as stated in the recipe (1 lb) it should actually be 16 points.

    Overall, it was worth the 6 points (ate it with WW spicy fries – a healthy version of my favorite MCD meal).

  254. unbelievable. I used some shredded parmesan cheese instead of the ground up kind and it turned out great. I will be making these regularly. I also didn't use panko because I have no idea what that it.

  255. I'm so excited to try these for the kidlets. Thanks for doing this post!

  256. Thank you for this recipe, they are delicious! I doubled the recipe and my whole family loves them.

    Here's a tip that saved me a lot of time and might help some fellow cooks–I used a bamboo strainer/skimmer tool to bread them–it made it really easy to move them from the olive oil mixture to the breading mixture without getting my fingers wet and crumby.

    Thanks for your fabulous recipes, Gina!

  257. I found your site about 2 months ago & I have been totally addicted ever since! I also introduced my MIL to all your fabulous recipes..she made this the other night and said it turn out very delicious, I have some chicken cutlets left over from my favorite recipe (Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken) and I figured I'd try this tonight, although I'm thinking I might make them into patties instead of nuggets 😀 I can't wait to see how they turn out!

  258. I made this last night for dinner and my kids loved it! They wanted more!

  259. These are fab, going to try them this weekend as I think my children will love them.

  260. Another great recipe, Gina! 🙂

    I made these last week for dinner, and they were simply amazing!

    My small local store doesn't carry any whole wheat breadcrumbs, so I had to use reg. italian breadcrumbs. I used a bit more panko, for some extra crunch, and a bit more parmesan (what? I like things cheesy! 🙂 ). To season the chicken, I used some extra things, to use less salt nad still have tons of flavor– a bit of garlic and onion powder, a pinch of Mrs. Dash and Salad Supreme, etc. Oh, yum!

    I couldn't believe how crispy these came out–much better (and healthier) than fast-food nuggets and this time I actually KNEW what kind of meat (or lack thereof…) that I was eating.

    I will definitely be using this recipe again–this week I think I'll make chicken strips instead, serve them on a salad for a quick dinner!

    TBQ's Book Palace

  261. Made these yesterday for dinner and they were delicious!! Even my picky eaters ( 7 yr old son, husband and sister)loved them. Will definitely make again.

  262. I made these but the texture came out very gritty with the breadcrumbs and panko combination… did I do something wrong?

  263. I entered all the ingredients onto My Fitness Pal, and they don't add up to what you have listed. It's very confusing….:/

  264. I just made these for dinner tonight and Everyone loved them 🙂 so good!

  265. I have been looking for a recipe for healthier chicken nuggets for my special needs son who has texture issues. Thank you for this one I really hope it works

  266. Made these tonight. Delicious! LOVE, Love, love your food!

  267. I looked quickly and didn't see if anyone mentioned this, so apologies if this has already been addressed… I followed the directions exactly, and the nuggets were good but had a crumby texture that I didn't care for because of all the breadcrumbs. Anyone else have that problem? Did I do something wrong?

  268. I made these tonight and they were REALLY delicious. And so easy. Love your recipes. Thanks

  269. OMG this was soo good and so easy. Everyone was happy. I was happy because it was healthy, hubby was happy cause he loves chicken nuggets and my 11 month old finally ate her chicken 🙂

  270. I was trolling your site for dinner ideas and came upon this recipe again. I always love it! I actually usually dip them in HP sauce. They are always good just plain, too. Thanks for the recipe, Gina!

  271. This is about the 7th review i'm leaving today for your recipes. Everything has just been so good. My family loved these. I actually substituted Gluten Free bread crumbs, as I have to eat Gluten Free and wanted these, and everyone loved it. I now have to make double becuase everyone wants seconds and the kids want to take them to lunch the next day.

  272. SO yummy! Happy husband tonight!

  273. Gina, I am nursing and trying to lose weight without cutting out a lot of calories so I Love your site. I would LOVE a good chicken tortilla soup recipe, got one for me :)))

  274. Yum, yum, yum! Another great one! Thanks- my children gobbled these up! And the toothpick idea was so fun- we at tortellini, chicken nuggest and vegetables, all with toothpicks:)

  275. Just whipped up a HUGE batch of these for the 9 people my future Mother-in-law randomly walked into my house with. Apparently surprise hosting is another test… AND I just passed with these nuggets, assorted sauces, and enough cocktails to fill a swimming pool. Thanks SO much!!! Back to the party!

  276. any recipes for bbq or sweet and sour sauce for these puppies? I will try this Friday but need a sauce that rocks! Thanks so much dears!

  277. I made these last night. They were soooo delicious! Definitely going to be making them again! Thanks for the great recipe.

  278. Made homemade wheat breadcrumbs just for these since I couldn't find them in my local stores.Can't wait to have these for dinner!

  279. these were delish!! A must try! EZ to make.

  280. I'm really curious could you make these using just the panko? It's the only whole wheat breadcrumb I can find in my local supermarkets but I'm not very experienced with it.

  281. I made these for dinner last night. My children (4 & 2) loved them!! This is definitely going to be part of our regular menu rotation.

  282. These Nuggets are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good !!! They are a must try

  283. These looked delicious so I tried them on my kids 4 and 15 months….big hit ate them all none left for my husband! My 4 year old said these were the best chicken nuggets he ever had!!!

  284. My husband made these a couple of weeks ago! They are DELICIOUS! I'll eat these over fast food ones any day! I'm making them for dinner tonight! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  285. I don't know what more I could say, it looks like everyone else has already covered it… But I have liked this page on Stumbleupon and I will be back to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing.

  286. Just made these and gobbled them all up! It was so tasty. Love love love…

  287. OMG they look SOOOO yummy! Do you ship orders? 😉

  288. Made these tonight for my famiy. We enjoyed it a lot, especially my daughter. Thanks

  289. Just made these tonight! They were FABULOUS! Thanks!

  290. And Of course. I read tablespoon instead of tea spoon for the olive oil lol. Rinsed then off the best I could with water, We will see how it tastes when they are done 🙂

  291. When I put it in recipe builder it came out as 5 points plus per serving… did you subtract points for the left over breading or could it just be the difference in our brand of products??

    They are in the oven now and look yummy!!!


  292. Yum! These are amazing. My daughter loves chicken nuggets but I'd prefer if they were healthier. She absolutely loved these more than any other chicken nuggets!

  293. loved these! my three year old helped make them, too! we will never buy frozen again!

  294. What a phantastic recipe. I wil try it out soon. Thank you!

  295. I just made these for lunch for some very picky eaters, and it was loved all around. No leftovers! These are definitely going in the rotation. They are great for toddlers to grandpas and everyone in between!

  296. We loved these as well! I did it on the fly. I had no Panko or bread crumbs so I put six slices of whole grain bread in the toaster. After it was toasted, I broke it up into small pieces and put it in the blender on "crumb" mode. The end result was so tasty that I plan on making lots to freeze for quick cooking. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  297. Hello, I just find this site from someone on WW. I love it all ready. I will be making the skinny cheese fries for dinner tonight. Thank you sooooo much for the great recipes. I'm so glad I can still eat one of my favorite dishes while losing weight. Thanks again. 🙂

  298. These were so easy to make, and absolutely DELICIOUS. I'll be making them again, plus the hubs loved them!

  299. Hello Gina… I have made many of your recipes and each have come out so darn good …. this one I just came across and ironically enough, I made a version of this recipe and used only panko (w fresh grated parmigiano) and it was awesome!! My son loves hot sauce, so I took a few pieces and marinated them in some hot sauce (Frank's) then carried on w the regular prep – and my son LOVED them… so next time I will let the whole family enjoy the hot/spicy experience…. Love your blog! Meg

  300. Thank you!! A friend posted this link on her facebook page and I am so glad I discovered your page. This was the first recipe I've made with chicken that my toddlers ate up without my begging, and they were great on a salad for me.

  301. I am making these tonight for a NCAA basketball party. I hope that the game will be as good as the nuggets !

  302. Made these yesterday and they were practically life-changing. I'm not much of a cook, but these were so easy and my husband and very picky 13.5 month old both loved them. 🙂

  303. A lot healthier and tastier than the purchased processed or fast food nuggets

  304. I love this recipe! It's quick and easy and my kids loved them! I know it's not chicken parts or reconstructed pieces of chicken. I have yet to make anything from this site I didn't absolutely LOVE! Thanks so much for your hard work!

  305. I do the same thing for fresh fish my hubby catches!

  306. This is a great recipe, may I Pin it on Pinterest?


  307. I know I'm just one more person to tell you (but I don't think I'd ever get stick of people telling me how good my recipes are) so…
    I just made these and they are great! I've never had chicken nuggets except from a fast food place so the wonderful surprise was the moist, tender texture of the meat. Also, the breading mixture was perfect! Thanks for sharing!!!

  308. Wow, I love it! You are inspiring!!! I just found your blog, I like it because i was seeking for such type of info.
    I hope it benefits all one who land up here.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  309. Made these tonight and they were so good! Only problem was I was alone and could of ate the whole batch! Thanks for another great recipe Gina!

  310. These were amazing! I added a little Tony Chachere's seasoning to spice it up without adding calories and it was even better. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  311. I just made these, but only had panko on hand. Delicious!

  312. wow, these look great. I love to find healthy alternatives that still taste good without frying. I've tried making my own, but I can never get the batter/flour mix/bread crumbs to stick just right. I do like to pan fry with a little cooking spray as well. great post, thanks!

  313. I made these last night. SOOOOOOO good. I wanted to eat them all.

  314. Gina,
    Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes with everyone! I made the chicken nuggets last week and my 5 yr old twins devoured them! I like to cook healthy and i'm loving all the recipes because they are super easy to make and delicious 🙂 Thank you for all your hard work you put into this site!

  315. Totally Aw-some, Ive been cooking for years and used some of your style, Great Results… I Might add…

  316. Made this for the kids and since they were a healthy recipe my husband and I could eat them too. Kids actually ate them! They were delish.

  317. Made these 2 nights ago and they were fabulous!!! Everyone devoured them and begged for more. I served them with home-made honey mustard (a blend of mayo, mustard and honey). Fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing.

  318. 2 Tbsp of olive oil did not coat all 16 oz of the chicken. Is this the amount for one serving? I also needed to cook the chicken about 5 minutes longer, but very tasty!

  319. These were so yummy!!! My kids, husband, and I gobbled them up. Great flavor and easy to do.

  320. Tried these and my family LOVED them! I didnt have any bread crumbs on hand so I toasted 3 pieces of wheat bread in the toaster and then blended them in the chopper…worked GREAT!!!

  321. My 2 year old nephew stays with his favorite "Auntie" quite often and I struggle to come up with healthier meal ideas- I never thought about making baked chicken nuggets! Now I can give him something he enjoys without having to wonder what I'm really feeding him (and myself!)

  322. I just made these for a group of friends and myself, everyone loved them, they were delicious and so easy. It took me maybe a total of 10 minutes to mix the bread crumbs, chop the chicken, get them breaded and in the over. They were delicious and much better for you than fried chicken nuggets. Thank you for the recipe.

  323. These are def a new family favorite. My hubby keeps asking when we are having them again!

  324. Made this tonight, super easy and SUPER DELICIOUS!!!!

  325. OMG Gina, I have read some of your recipes…Where have you been all my life? My co-worker introduced me to your site. great job

  326. Just made these tonight (didn't have panko) – my notoriously picky husband told me he "loves" these. I think he has used the word "love" to describe 3 dishes I've made for him in 9 years. Thank you for this!

  327. AWESOME!! I haven't even tasted them yet but they smell dlish and I am just about ready to take them out of the oven. I know the kids will love these!! Mmmmmm! Thank you for the recipe!!

  328. I made the whole recipe's worth and then froze half of them. Just cooked some of the frozen ones and they were great! Thanks!

  329. Made these the other night. SUPER easy & I the fam really liked them! Thank you for sharing!

  330. I volunteer at my kids' school teaching an elective cooking class. We made this the other day and the kids loved it. I plan to make a big batch and freezing so we can have them on hand all the time.

  331. These are so simple! I made them in my college dorm kitchen!

  332. I made these for dinner tonight, and they were absolutely mouth watering. I didn't even come close to needing any condiments for these suckers. My man gave them an A+, he said they were the best nuggets he has EVER had, and he is not one to lie, he always gives constructive criticism on my cooking. We will definitely be making these over and over again. This is the first recipe from your blog that I have tried, and I have 3 more picked out that I already bought ingredients for! I can't wait!

    P.S. Substituted the wheat bread crumbs for just regular store brand, couldn't find any wheat but the calorie count was the same either way (I don't do Weight Watchers, just count calories). Still tasted amazing!

  333. Looking forward to trying the oil method. I've always made breaded chicken using the egg and flour coatings. Looking forward to trying it, but replacing the parm (we don't do cheese) with flax seed meal to give it a nutty flavor. Looks great!

  334. what is panko?

  335. I made these nuggets on a Monday and we loved them so much we ate them again onThursday and again on Saturday. We can't get enough!

  336. I made these last night and they were amazing!! My non-healthy eating boyfriend even said they were delicious. He couldn't stop talking about them even today! Insanely easy and quick to make. Will definitely be making these again.

  337. Why use Misto versus Pam Spray?

  338. Hi Ladies, I am new to the website. I have got to get the lbs. off. I have a very hard time staying on track. These recipes are amazing. One question….what is panko?

  339. I ADORE your site. This is the dream healthy site I've been looking for!!!! 1,000 thank you's!!!!
    I just made these chicken nuggets & they are delicious!!

  340. I'm 14 and I made dinner last night. I made these and my parents and sister loved them! Thank you! They were delicious and healthy! 🙂

  341. Thank your for the recipe! I just made them and they were GREAT! My picky 3 year old just gobbled them right up!

  342. These were SO GOOD! I made 1/4 of the recipe for lunch and they were so good that I cut up more chicken to make for dinner! How are these as leftovers? Probably not as good, right?

  343. These look amazing! I've been looking for something healthy and easy to make for my chicken nugget addicted 3 year old. What are your thoughts on making many and freezing them for future use?

  344. I made these this weekend, I had tenders to use or lose. Needed something easy since I wasn't feeling great. My kids loved them! My youngest who always complains we always eat chicken, said they were the best, and so moist! But the same non chicken lover ALWAYS picks your Asian glazed drumsticks (I use boneless skinless thighs) when I have her pick a meal for the week!


  345. These were wonderful!! My entire family loved them! I made 2 different kinds. One with the Parm. cheese and one without (my husband and daughter do not like cheese). Instead of oil, I used low fat Italian dressing. So very good!! My kids said these are a keeper!! We have made several of your recipes, and they have all been great! Thanks!!

  346. Beautiful photography

  347. I was searching for a healthy chicken nuggets for my children and this is the first site I found. The pictures and instructions seems really easy. Many people also liked your site. I will definitely try this recipe and other recipes posted. Thank you for sharing.

  348. I just made these with breadcrumbs I made myself (from rye bread) and some corn flakes. I put the rye bread in the food processor then baked them for a few minutes and added Italian seasoning and paprika. Then I gave the corn flakes a spin in the food processor. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. Had them with honey mustard, and they were delicious!

  349. Very good!

  350. Just made these for lunch bc I already had all the ingredients on hand(shockingly enough!) — they were really good! My 3 year old loved them, my picky 2 year old, not so much… but hey, can't please 'em all.

  351. I made these tonight…did not use wheat bread crumbs but the regular ones…they were still delicious! Wish we would have had this recipe when my kids were growing up! My daughter LOVED them!!! They are worth the "trouble" of having to cut up the chicken!


  352. Made these, and they were awesome! I will be saving this recipe!

  353. Yummy…it looks delicious! I'll try the recipe…thanks for sharing!

  354. Tried these today for lunch and they were great. I followed the recipe exactly and they were wonderful. I think next time I will make a triple batch and then freeze some for an easy meal.

  355. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this recipe! I made these last night and my 2 year old daughter loved them. You took all the guilt out of chicken nuggets….lol

  356. I'm so glad I found your blog! A friend and I have just started WW and I've been trying to find things my children will be ok with eating with me, and this looks like a hit! Thanks! Can't wait to try them!

  357. These are absolutely DELICIOUS! I tried them as strips rather than nuggets, and my whole family loved them! Not as good reheated, though, so I guess we'll just have to eat them all next time!

  358. These were great! I took out the parm cheese and added a blackened seasoning to make them spicy – then threw them over a salad! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  359. Made these tonight and LOVED them! Kids ate them until they were gone!!! 🙂

  360. I'm adding these to my menu plan for next week, they look amazing! I make something very similar but use crushed corn flake cereal instead of the bread crumbs. I'm hoping my family will like the whole wheat bread crumbs that you use in your recipes. 🙂 Thank you so much for all of the amazing recipes!!!

  361. Just made these, and it only took less than an hour from walking into the kitchen to sitting down to dinner with pasta salad side and all!

    Since I sent my fiance to the store, I ended up having Roasted Garlic Bread Crumbs and Pam Spray instead of olive oil spray, but a few dashes of dried Italian spice mix and the substitutions were no problem at all! The nuggets were so delicious the fiance has forbidden me from turning the leftovers into chicken salad! Thanks so very much for the easy and healthy recipe!

  362. I've been making variations of baked/healthy/fried/panko crusted chicken for years. I've never tried "nuggets" and also never thought about olive oil before coating them with crumbs. I wasn't too emotional about the whole thing but was so pleasantly surprised by how unbelievably moist they were! I left out the parm because I wanted to dip them in sweet chili sauce for me and my husband. Of course 10 year old son had ketchup. LOL. And I served them with roasted red potatoes and steamed asparagus. Very nice simple meal.

  363. I have a 12 year old that would eat buffalo chicken tenders for every meal if I would let him. We had these tonight and I served his with a side of hot wing sauce. He was in heaven as were all of us. They even gobbled up the steamed broccoli I served on the side! 🙂

  364. These were soooo goood!!!!

  365. Just finished these, hit in my house! My 3 year old had seconds and told me they were better than fast food! I served with oven baked fries and a salad! Yum!

  366. Just made these last night, and they are everybit as amazing as they look! So easy to make too. Highly recommend 🙂

  367. chicken nuggets are one my favs. Can't wait to try this recipe

  368. Made these tonight….great recipe

  369. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe. I want to try this out because I love chicken nuggets!

  370. They are just as easy as breaded nuggets to make and so much better tasting and better for you…my family loved them. We did add some red pepper flakes to the Panko, which i made with the leftover rolls from a Christmas dinner! Will definitely make again.

  371. Made these tonight! Way better than shake n bake (my husband's go to) and so easy. Most baked chicken fingers don't taste nearly that good. Thanks for another great recipe!

  372. So just saw this and they look extra good. How many nuggets are in a serving? It sayw 1/4th, what does this mean.

  373. We have made these several times. They're so quick and easy and the kids just eat 'em up as fast as we can pull them out of the oven.

  374. OMG we have been making this recipe once a week since we've discovered it. So easy and soooooooo yummy.

  375. I've made these twice now, so much better than the store bought, full of who knows what ones!

  376. I just made these for my friends (we're all in college) They loved them. We didn't have panko, and they were great even without them

  377. I usually just make my own! I'll have to post a recipe soon.

  378. These were great! They could not have been any easier!! I was sad to read that the 4C WW bread crumbs have high fructose corn syrup 🙁 Do you have any suggestions for a brand without it? I love this blog!

  379. Just made these & wow are they delish!! And really easy to make which is key for me. Thanks!

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

  381. 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!

  382. 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!!!

  383. 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

  384. 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!

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

  386. These are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MY 3 year old loves them!

  387. 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!

  388. 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. 🙂

  389. 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!

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

  391. 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!

  392. OMG these nuggets are looking mouth watring… yummy yummy 😉 .. thanks for the recipe dear! 🙂

  393. 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!

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

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

  396. Very good

  397. 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!

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

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

  400. 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?

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

  402. 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!

  403. 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 🙂

  404. 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 🙂

  405. 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!

  406. 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!

  407. 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 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!

  408. 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!

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

    miss- I bet that was great!

  410. 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.

  411. 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!

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

  413. 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!

  414. 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.

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

    • We eat mostly lo-carb, so I'm going to try rolling the chicken pieces in crushed spicy pork rinds (instead of bread crumb & panko)…they're very lo-carb & have good flavor.
      Still plan to add the parm. for added flavor.

      I'm new to your site… great recipes!!
      Thanks, Lynne

  416. 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.

  417. 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?

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

  419. 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.

  420. 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!

  421. 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.

  422. 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!

  423. 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!

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

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

  426. 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!

  427. 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!

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

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

  430. 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!

  431. 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.

  432. 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

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

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

  435. 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?

  436. 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! 🙂

  437. 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.

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

    I love your recipes!


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

  440. 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!

  441. 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!

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

  443. 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!!!!

  444. 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.

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

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

  447. 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!!

  448. 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.

  449. 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.

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

  451. looks yummy

  452. 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!!!

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

  454. they are DELICIOUS

  455. So happy the hubby aproves!! 🙂

  456. 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!

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

  458. It was ketchup and sweet and sour sauce.

  459. 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? 🙂

  460. 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

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

  462. 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, 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!

  463. 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.

  464. 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!!!

  465. 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

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

  467. Just made these tonight…….it was a hit!!!
    My kids and husband loved them. Thank You!! 🙂

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

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

  470. 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.

  471. 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!!!

  472. 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!

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

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

  475. 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

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

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

  478. 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!

    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!

  480. Aww, Jen that is too sweet!

  481. 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!

  482. 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!

  483. 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

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

  485. 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!

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

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

  488. 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.

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

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

  491. 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!)

  492. 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

  493. 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!

  494. 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.

  495. 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!

  496. 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

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

  498. 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.

  499. 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!

  500. 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 🙂

  501. 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!

  502. 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!

  503. 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 🙂

  504. 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.

  505. 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!

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

  507. 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. 🙂

  508. These nuggets look great!

  509. 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?

  510. 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.

  511. 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!!!

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

  513. Do you seem to find Whole Wheat bread crumbs in most grocery stores? I never can find them. 🙁

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

  515. 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!

  516. 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 🙂

  517. 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!!

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

  519. 1/4th?

  520. 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?

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

  522. 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!

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

  524. 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!

  525. 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.

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

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

  528. As my kid would say. "nummy nummy"

  529. 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

  530. 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!!

  531. 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.

  532. 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!!

  533. 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.

  534. This is great, thank you 🙂

  535. So happy you all liked them 🙂

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

  537. 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.

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

  539. 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.

  540. 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!

  541. 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.

  542. 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! 🙂

  543. 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.

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

  545. 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.

  546. 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!

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

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

  549. 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! 🙂

  550. 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.

    • Kellog's Corn Flakes have gluten – you will need to look in the GF section of your grocery store for the GF corn flakes – they actually taste very similar, the GF ones are just a bit chewier.

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

  552. 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.

  553. These look wonderful!!

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

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

  556. 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 !

  557. 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!

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

  559. If you're looking for HFCS-free bread crumbs, Ian's is great:

  560. 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.

    • I made my own. I think the taste is far better plus its a lot cheaper. I was giggling to myself while reading all the posts about not being able to find WW breadcrumbs since it is sooo simple to make your own. Plus you can avoid some of the nasty ingredients used to preserve them. I make big batches at one time and freeze it so they stay fresh.

  561. 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!

    • I'm making these tonight…glad I read this post about using Italian dressing…what a great idea! 🙂

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

  563. 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. ^^

  564. 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.

  565. 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.

  566. 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!

    • Chicken typically shrinks about 25% when cooked. If you look up chicken in etools or in your WW books, you will find point value for both cooked AND raw 🙂

    • Chicken typically shrinks about 25% when cooked. If you look up chicken in etools or in your WW books, you will find point value for both cooked AND raw 🙂

  567. Looks fantastic! Will give it a go!

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

    • Maybe you can prepare them and freeze uncooked…then cook them as you need them. I have done this before with making breaded chicken and it seems to work out fine.

    • Hey! I made these and a ginger sesame version of the same kind too. I then portioned them into snack baggies (the right portion size for me), and froze them inside of quart size bags. They've lasted me over 6 weeks so far in the freezer and they do really well!

  569. 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.

  570. 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?