Homemade chicken nuggets recipe

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Ever had a go at making homemade chicken nuggets? Kids will love the crispy batter and the tender chicken breast taste

Homemade chicken nuggets
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time28 mins
Total Time43 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories301 Kcal15%
Sugar1.5 g2%
Fat8.7 g12%
Saturated Fat1.3 g7%
Salt0.73 g
Protein40.8 g82%
Carbohydrates14.9 g6%
Salt0.73 g

Chicken nuggets are the perfect fakeaway meal to make at home.

The secret to these tasty homemade chicken nuggets is the light crisp batter, which can be flavoured with spices and herbs of your choice. To get the perfect homemade chicken nugget it is important to cut the pieces to the right size so that the nugget can cook through without the batter becoming too dark. Serve with homemade chips (opens in new tab) and a crunchy salad for a healthy addition. This recipe for homemade nuggets will serve a family of four.


  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • beaten 100ml skimmed milk
  • 1/2tsp onion salt 500g boneless
  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying




  1. Sift 50g flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and gradually blend in the milk to form a smooth batter (opens in new tab). Season with the onion salt.
  2. Cut the chicken into 3-4cm pieces and put in a bowl. Sift the remaining flour and some seasoning on top, and mix well until the chicken is dusted all over. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer or a large saucepan to 180°C (365°F).
  3. Pour the batter over the floured chicken and mix gently so that all the pieces are covered. Using tongs, lower 6 or 7 pieces of chicken into the hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, for about 7 mins until golden all over and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm whilst cooking the other pieces. Serve as soon as possible after frying accompanied with homemade chips (opens in new tab) and salad if liked.

Top tip for making homemade chicken nuggets

Make a dip for your nuggets by mixing together mayonnaise with spicy sriracha sauce.

If you like a 'kick' with your chicken, add 1tsp hot chilli powder to the batter, or try 2tsp mild curry powder for a light Indian-spiced flavour.

Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

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