Makes: 4 Servings

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Make chicken nuggets at home using cereal crumbs, spices, and herbs. You can cook them in the microwave or the oven.   

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, about 2 cups
  • 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal, cornflakes, crumb
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Non-stick cooking spray
Serving Size: 3 ounces
Total Fat8 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol67 mg
Sodium127 mg
Total Carbohydrate7 g
Dietary Fiber1 g
Total Sugars1 g
Added Sugars included1 g
Protein18 g



  1. Cut thighs into bite-sized pieces. Wash hands and contact surfaces thoroughly after touching raw meat.
  2. Place cornflakes in plastic bag and crush by using a rolling pin.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to crushed cornflakes. Close bag tightly and shake until blended.
  4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake to coat evenly.

Conventional Method (preferred method for crispy coating):

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
  2. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.
  3. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.

Microwave Method:

  1. Lightly grease an 8- by 12-inch baking dish.
  2. Place chicken pieces on baking dish so they are not touching. Cover with waxed paper and cook on high.
  3. Rotate chicken every 2 to 3 minutes. Cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. 

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