Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

oven baked chicken nuggets

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? Beat the fat and high-calorie drive-thru versions with these flavor-packed, crunchy golden delights: the Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe.

Feeding a family nutritious food that they’ll enjoy can be quite a challenge. How about a tried-and-true food made healthier? I’ve developed a chicken nuggets recipe to meet the challenge.

It’s hard to find a more loved food than chicken nuggets, especially with kids. Fast-food restaurants typically deep fry their chicken nuggets, adding a lot of unhealthy fat. The quality of the chicken inside the nugget varies. Why take your chances on fast food when you can make my simple Healthy-Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe? I worked out a perfect blend of flavorful seasoning and used Panko bread crumbs to create the crunch that nugget-lovers crave.

You may wonder if baked nuggets are just like fried nuggets. I tried to mimic the crunchy breading and moist tender chicken of a great tasting nugget. The result is a satisfying crisp texture that lets you taste the chicken, breading, and seasoning, not the oil. You’ll enjoy the lightness of the nugget without missing the fried food feel.

Here’s a bonus benefit of my oven baked chicken nuggets recipe: the nuggets are dairy-free! Many kids and adults are lactose intolerant, so I created this version of tasty, nutritious bites with almond milk. Mix the almond milk with eggs, separately mix the Panko breadcrumbs with the seasonings, dip the cubed chicken into the egg mixture and toss them in the breadcrumbs. Put the cubes on your pan as you go and bake in your preheated oven! The nuggets of your dreams will be ready in 20 minutes or less. 

Have you heard the saying, “Easy as pie”? This oven baked chicken nuggets recipe is much easier than baking pie and just as delicious. Try it! You have nothing to lose but those hunger pangs in your family members’ stomachs!

oven baked chicken nuggets recipe

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe Serving Suggestions

My oven baked chicken nuggets recipe is healthy and satisfying but it’s not a whole, well-balanced meal. Fast food restaurants offer French fries. Try homemade baked or air-fried potato or sweet potato fries. Other alternatives include zucchini, carrot, and green bean baked fries, which you can make based on what your family enjoys.

Most kids will eat applesauce. You can buy unsweetened applesauce or make your own and flavor it with another fruit or cinnamon. Cut apple sliced, sliced grapes, and mixed fruit also make great nutritious treats, adding fiber and nutrients to the meal.

If you like the convenience of frozen nuggets, make several batches and freeze them to eat later. When you’re pressed for time, you’ll be glad you have heat-and-eat, healthy chicken nuggets to serve and enjoy.

baked chicken nuggets

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Calories 270 kcal


  • Oven
  • Baking Tray


  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking tray withbaking paper.
  • Place the panko breadcrumbs into a medium bowl, add thedried spices and mix through. Set.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs andalmond milk.
  • Dip the chicken first into the egg mixture and then toss inthe breadcrumbs until completely coated. Place each cubeof chicken onto the lined baking tray and bake in the ovenfor 15-20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve with sauce of your choice.


Storage: Once cooked and cooled, store the chicken nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Keyword chicken, dairy-free, low carb, oven baked

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