Simple Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Chicken Nuggets crept into my family’s diet about the time Little Buddy was a little over two years old. We were at a friend’s birthday party and they were serving Chic-fil-a chicken nuggets to all of the children that were there. This was the first time my son had tasted them and with one little bite, he was completely hooked.

Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Since then, I’ve tried so many ways to prepare chicken nuggets that are simple, quick, and really flavorful. This recipe is one of my absolutely favorites. Start to finish, these chicken nuggets are ready in 30 minutes. They deliver on the flavor and the recipe could not be simpler to make.

Oh yeah, and my family loves them. I think that’s probably the number one reason this recipe is such a keeper!

Here’s how I make them.

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix together your flour, thyme, paprika, and salt.

Give it all a quick stir to mix it up really well.

Take a package of chicken tenderloins and cut them into about 1″ – 2″ pieces.

Then, just drop them into your herbed flour.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour your melted butter into your baking dish.

Add you chicken nuggets to the baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and watch them disappear!

These chicken nuggets also make a great make-ahead recipe. You can easily make these and then refrigerate to be reheated later.

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Simple Chicken Nuggets Recipe

A simple, quick, and flavorful recipe for oven-baked chicken nuggets. Perfect for a quick supper or lunch!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds chicken tenderloins about 12
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 425º F.
  • Mix together flour, thyme, paprika, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cut chicken tenderloins into 1"-2" pieces depending on preference.
  • Spray baking dish with butter flavored non-stick cooking spray. Pour melted butter into baking dish.
  • Dredge chicken in flour mixture and place into baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, turning about halfway through cooking.


28 comments on “Simple Chicken Nuggets Recipe”

  1. Yum – great recipe! Nuggets are always a hit at my house, will have to try these soon!

  2. These look tasty AND they’re baked? Cool.

  3. These sound so good!! You can’t go wrong with chicken nuggets, especially when there’s melted butter involved 🙂

  4. I am so glad you posted this recipe!! I thawed some chicken tenderloins last night but then my husband had to work late and I didn’t cook them and I need to TODAY!! I will be making these now 🙂

  5. My daughter loves chicken nuggets (but I guess most kids do, right?) and I need to try these out for her asap!

  6. Looks great and simple to make. Will definitely be baking these up! Thanks!!!!

  7. I’m DEFINITELY trying these…yes!

  8. I need to make these sooner than later! Love the little kick of paprika! And I love that they are baked! A win-win! 🙂

  9. These look so flavorful!

  10. Robyn, these nuggets look awesome! I have done similar with rice flour.

  11. These look fabulous Robyn! I’m putting them on my list of quick evening meals. I need more of those!

  12. YUMMY… I can not wait to try these! I just had chick-fil-a at my sons pirate party and it was a HUGE hit…. Nuggets are a staple in this household I have a 3 and 1 1/2 year old!

    Thanks for the reciepe!!!

  13. What a simple recipe – and they don’t look like they are bad for you either! Yay!

  14. Robyn, these look delicious and so easy!

  15. These look fantastic – I love coming across new chicken recipes!

  16. Weeknight meal ready in 30 minutes? Yes please! Included these nuggets in my 25 quick meal ideas blog post I did today. Check it out!

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  18. Hi………….

    What a simple recipe,and they don’t look like they are bad for you either.
    I like these all so much. These make me hungry.
    Thanks for sharing.. 🙂

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  20. Just shared your recipe on my blog!! Thanks!

  21. am I missing something? where is the actual recipe? or do you all just guess at amounts without using measurements?

  22. Hey Robyn. These look really good, but I was wondering, how crunchy do they come out? I know it’s just a tiny bit of flour, but have you tried them with panko or cornflake crumbs? I guess a thicker coating might need to have egg wash or yogurt or something to make it adhere better. I will definitely try yours first, as it looks so much simpler! Thank you for posting!,

    • Hi Susan,
      You would definitely want to use something like buttermilk or yogurt before coating in a thicker coating so it would adhere. Hope you enjoy these!

  23. Love these they are trualy amazing! They’re so easy and quick too make. A big hit in our household. Thank you for posting this yummy nugget recipe!

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