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chicken nuggets with dipping sauce

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Crispy and healthy homemade chicken nuggets! These gluten free chicken nuggets are baked not fried and deliciously crispy without a lot of oil. They have just the right amount of seasoning and pair perfectly with your favorite dipping sauce!


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup almond milk (you can also use coconut milk or dairy milk if you prefer)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups gluten free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½1 teaspoon cajun seasoning like Old Bay (optional)
  • ½1 teaspoon dried dill (optional)
  • dried chives or sliced green onion for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the chicken breast into nugget sized pieces.
  3. Add the eggs, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar to a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the chicken pieces to the mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the panko breadcrumbs to a food processor and pulse until fine, two or three times.
  5. Pour the breadcrumbs into a mound on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add a tablespoon of avocado oil to the breadcrumb mound and stir until the oil is well incorporated.
  6. Spread the breadcrumbs into a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Transfer the toasted breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl, then add in the seasoning and spices. Stir well the seasonings and breadcrumbs are well combined.
  8. Grease a wire baking rack and place it over a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  9. Remove a few of the chicken pieces from the egg mixture, around six to eight pieces at a time, and transfer to the breadcrumb mixture. Use your fingers to toss the chicken in the breadcrumbs until well coated, pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken to help them stick.
  10. Transfer the coated chicken to the wire rack. Bake the chicken nuggets at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  11. Serve warm and with your favorite dipping sauce.