homemade chicken nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potato

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 22
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: about 14 nuggets 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


You can double this recipe to feed a family of 4-6. Or make this smaller batch and serve to your toddler throughout the week. Try serving these with ketchup, ranch, or marinara sauce.


  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup fully cooked and cubed or mashed sweet potato
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup regular or panko style breadcrumbs, plain or Italian-flavored


  1. 1. Mash together the chicken, sweet potato, salt, and onion powder in a medium bowl with a potato masher.
  2. Form into 1-tablespoon size balls and roll in breadcrumbs. Flatten and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 22-24 minutes at 375 F or until golden brown on the bottom and cooked through. Remove from oven, let cool for a minute or two and serve warm.


Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees F or for about 15-30 seconds in the microwave. (They will crisp up in the oven and be soft when reheated in the microwave.)

*To roast a medium sweet potato, wash and poke with a paring knife. (The holes will let steam escape.) Place on a foil lined baking sheet or pan and bake for 45-60 minutes at 400 degrees F. Remove from oven, let cool, and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

*To steam a medium sweet potato, remove the skin with a vegetable peeler and dice the flesh. Place into a steamer basket in a pot filled with a few inches of water. Cover, bring water to a simmer, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until sweet potato is soft. Let cool before storing or using.

Use traditional breadcrumbs or panko-style. Panko will make the exterior a little crunchier.

Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.

Plan to prepare the sweet potato ahead of time so it has a chance to cool.

You can omit the salt if making these for a baby.


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