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Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets (SO Crispy!)

Amy Palanjian
These chicken nuggets have simple ingredients and a pleasantly crispy exterior. Aim to cut the chicken into similarly sized pieces so they bake evenly.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 29 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 257 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken breast (or tenders)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place a wire rack coated with nonstick spray on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces. I like to use kitchen shears for this.
  • Place the egg, flour, and breadcrumbs, mixed with the salt, into three shallow bowls.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in the flour, egg, then the breadcrumbs and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until completely cooked.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with ketchup, ranch or marinara.


  • Coat the wire rack well with nonstick spray to ensure that the breading doesn't stick.
  • Use all-purpose or gluten-free flour as needed.
  • Use panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier end result. (Regular ones will work fine too, but won't be quite as crunchy.)
  • Use kitchen shears to quickly cut up the chicken into smaller pieces.
  • To reheat leftovers, place into the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet for 6-8 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  • Egg-free: Omit the egg and use 1/2 whole milk instead.
  • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour and gluten-free panko.


Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 29gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 430mgPotassium: 483mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
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