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Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Who likes soggy chicken nuggets? Nobody. Greasy chicken nuggets? Nope. How about nuggets with a mysterious chicken like substance? Absolutely no. Our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets are made with simple ingredients and 100% chicken inside. Crispy baked breading and tender, juicy, flavorful chicken on the inside. Toasted panko bread crumbs give our baked chicken nuggets the perfect coating. Our recipe is also a great way to cook chicken tenders or cutlets. Oh and pickle juice. What?

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Ok, so panko bread crumbs not really a secret. But we have another trick we used to make these baked chicken nuggets so good.

Pickle juice.

What?

Yep, dill pickle juice.

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Somewhere on the world wide food web, we saw chicken fryer parts brined overnight in a pickle juice based marinade. You had me at pickle juice. We modified it to a much smaller scale for our nuggets.

We mixed the pickle juice with a little oil and seasonings. Covered the chicken nugget pieces well and sealed them up tight for an overnight stay in the fridge. (You don’t have to wait overnight, but I would suggest at least 3 hours for the best flavor.)

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

So what does the pickle juice do? It tenderizes the chicken and makes the baked chicken nuggets extra juicy. You get just a hint of the tangy flavor, but trust me, it isn’t overpowering.

Then we set up our little coating station. First dip is into the flour mix. Then a bath in eggs. Finally a toss into the cheese and toasted bread crumb mix.

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Bake on a wire cooking racks if possible to ensure maximum crisp on all sides of your baked nuggets. Turn the nuggets half way through the cooking time.

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

 

Serve as a kid-friendly lunch. Or, this would be great for appetizers with several different sauces.

 

(Looking for a great appetizer? Try our Cheddar Meatballs.)

 

Or do what we did, serve it up with some classic sides and turn it into a weeknight meal. So good!

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Recipes the Kids will Dig:

Cake Batter Waffles

Dark Chocolate Frozen Bananas

Amie Jo’s Goulash Recipe

 

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

 

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)
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Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Knock their socks off with our Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets. Secret ingredients? Panko Bread Crumbs and Pickle Juice. (No, we aren't kidding around.)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 369 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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For the Chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2 inch sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon all purpose seasoning blend

For the Coating

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Butter flavored non-stick cooking spray

Cook That

  1. Combine the pickle juice, oil, black pepper, garlic powder, salt and seasoning blend. Pour it over the chicken pieces, seal and refrigerate from 3 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Spray a baking sheet well with cooking spray. Evenly spread the panko bread crumbs onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven while the oven is preheating. Watch them carefully and remove when the crumbs are golden, about 5 - 7 minutes. Let the crumbs cool, then pour into a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Spray a large wire rack lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
  4. In one shallow bowl, combine flour with 1/2 tsp salt, the paprika and onion powder. Stir to combine well. In another shallow bowl, beat two eggs until well beaten.
  5. In the bread crumb bowl, stir together the crumbs with the parmesan cheese.
  6. Dip each piece of chicken first into the flour mixture. Shake to remove excess coating. Then dip into the eggs, shaking to remove the extra egg. Then coat in the panko mixture.
  7. Place the coated chicken onto the wire rack. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip the nuggets and bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 1498mg 62%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 20.3%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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