healthy Chicken Nuggets

These picky-kid-approved, healthy Chicken Nuggets are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They’re better than ones from a fast-food restaurant and even have hidden veggies inside!

PREP TIME:20minutes mins
COOK TIME:10minutes mins
TOTAL TIME:30minutes mins
YIELD: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch, School Lunch
CUISINE: American
  • 1 1/2 lbs 93% lean ground chicken (organic preferred (not breast only))
  • 2/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (or gluten-free seasoned crumbs*)
  • ketchup, honey mustard, buffalo sauce, BBQ sauce, special sauce, etc. ( optional for dipping)
  • In a large bowl combine the chicken with cauliflower rice, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and mix well. Form into 30 round flat nuggets, about 25 grams each.
  • Place egg in a bowl and bread crumbs in another bowl. Dip the nuggets in the egg, then breadcrumbs and set aside.
  • If baking, place on a sheet pan sprayed with oil. Preheat the oven to 450F and spray the chicken with oil.
  • Bake 10 minutes then flip, bake an additional 6 minutes, until golden. Spraying both sides until golden and cooked through.
  • Place the chicken nuggets in a singe layer in batches as needed, spray the tops with oil and air fry 8 to 9 minutes at 400F, flipping halfway spraying both sides with oil, until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Leftover nuggets last for up to four days in the fridge, but if you want to freeze them, here’s how:
  1. Bake or air fry the chicken nuggets as directed and let them cool.
    Flash freeze them on a sheet pan until solid for an hour or two.
    Transfer to an airtight container.
    To reheat, bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 11 to 15 minutes or 360°F- air fryer for 7 to 8 minutes.
    Freeze up to 3 months.
*N.I. reflects 1 tbsp breadcrumbs that get tossed after.
Serving: 6nuggets, Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 154.5mg, Sodium: 670.5mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 1.5g
– WW Points: 7

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