Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 197.5
  • Total Fat: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 46.8 mg
  • Sodium: 149.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 11.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 21.2 g

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Instead of reaching for fried chicken or frozen chicken nuggets, turn to these spicy, crunchy ones instead. Instead of reaching for fried chicken or frozen chicken nuggets, turn to these spicy, crunchy ones instead.
Number of Servings: 6


    1 pound chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
    3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed
    1 clove garlic
    juice of two limes (about 1/2 cup)
    2 T apple cider vinegar

    2 egg whites

    1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
    1/4 cup raw almonds
    1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Pinch salt


Dunk them in your condiment of choice, serve with baked potato wedges on game day or chop them up and place them atop a salad. They're quite versatile!

These grown-up chicken tenders are easy to make, and they freeze well.

If you really want to pack in the heat, leave in the seeds in the peppers. I did this the first time I made the recipe, and no one in my family could eat them--they were just too hot.


Prepare marinade by pureeing the garlic, peppers, lime juice and vinegar in a food processor or blender.

Place chicken in a glass pie plate or dish and cover with the marinade. Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Roughly chop the almonds and sunflower seeds by hand or pulse in a food processor.

Combine the nuts, bread crumbs, pepper, and salt in a small bowl.

Set up a breading station: place the flour on one plate, the egg whites on a second, and the nut topping on third.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with foil or parchment paper.

Use your left hand to dip the chicken into the flour, then switch to your right hand to dip it into the egg wash, and use your left hand for the nut topping.

This method keeps your hands from getting clumps of breading all over them.

Place the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Approximately 6 nuggets per serving (Assuming 36 nuggets total.)

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    28 of 37 people found this review helpful
    16 oz divided by 6 = 2.5 oz. prepare that much chicken and weigh. Write that weight down and that is a serving. That was hard. Not. Chef megs recipe are good. the prep time is long because of the marinating takes about an hour, but I don't think you have to watch it. - 5/31/12

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    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
    To the people discussing portion size, doesn't the bottom of the recipe say 6 pieces is a serving? Am I confused or is that what you are referring to? Or if you have 1 lb. of chicken as the recipe calls for and the recipe offers 6 servings... Can't you just "weigh" for 2.5 oz yourself? - 8/31/12

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    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
    I haven't tried this particular recipe but I make one similar with Panko. I line a pan with foil for easy clean up but I put a metal rack on top of the pan and place the chicken on it. It cooks evenly and crispy on both sides. Delish! - 6/26/12

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    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    The nuggets were crunchy and the coating was good but there was WAY too much lime juice - I would recommend cutting the lime juice in 1/2 - 1/4/12

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    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
    i cooked this recipe. it's mouth-watering. You can actually keep the chicken(before baking) in the freezer packed in the ziplock bag and bake it just before meal to save time. - 8/22/12