This great recipe for homemade Chicken Nuggets is sure to be a winner at your house! Easy to make, simple ingredients and you can freeze it for quick meals!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
I’m not sure what it is about chicken nuggets, but they seem to be loved by children everywhere. Unfortunately, I don’t love the ingredient list or the cost of prepackaged chicken nuggets. But I do like how simple they are to heat up on a busy day so I decided to make up my own version, without any yucky stuff, that can be frozen and enjoyed just as easily as the storebought ones.
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken and can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs. We all love these chicken nuggets at our house!
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Freezing Chicken Nuggets
The recipe is easy to make and these also freeze well so you can make a double batch and freeze what you don’t eat. One batch makes around 25 chicken nuggets depending on how big you make them. You can also use this recipe to form large round breaded chicken patties for sandwiches.
To freeze, make the recipe below and allow them to cool. Once cooled, place them in a freezer bag or container. When you are ready to enjoy them, just take them out of the freezer and reheat!
Chicken Nugget Recipe
What you need:
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise (Make your own Homemade Mayo)
- 1 small onion
- 2 cups of cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup of bread crumbs*
If you don’t already have some bread crumbs, you can easily make them. Just stick some old bread (regular or gluten free) in the oven and bake it until it’s crispy. Then run it through a blender or food processor until you have fine crumbs. You can leave them plain or add a bit of garlic and onion salt to flavor.
How to make leftover chicken nugget recipe:
Start your chicken nuggets by putting the cooked chicken and the onion in the food processor until the chicken is shredded (but not paste). Then add the mayo and egg and cheese to the processor and blend until mixed together. Form the mixture into small shapes and coat with the bread crumbs.
Bake the homemade chicken nuggets at 400F for 18 or so minutes, turning halfway. Since you are using cooked chicken, you just need them to bake long enough to cook the egg and to stick together.
I serve mine with this Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe. I’ve also made this Chicken Nugget dip to go with them before as well.
Here are some more easy dinner ideas that your family will love:
- Cheesy Chicken Crescents Freezer Meal Recipe
- Freezer Beef N Bean Burritos
- Pizza Roll Ups Recipe
- Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe You Can Make With 5 Ingredients
- Easy Lasagna Rolls Recipe
- The 30 Minute Pizza Recipe
- Hamburger Helper Mix
Have you ever tried to make your own homemade chicken nuggets?
This Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in January 2018. It has been updated as of January 2020.