Make at Home Chicken Nuggets - Pan Fry

Who doesn't love a chicken nugget? They seem so small and fun to eat and dip. Making them at home is so budget friendly. From a single chicken breast you can yield a dozen nuggets!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, kids
Servings 3
Calories 381 kcal


  • 4 Medium Bowls One for egg, one for flour, one for bread crumb, one for water
  • 1 Mixing Bowl For the chicken
  • 1 Spatula for mixing
  • 1 Spatula for frying
  • Measuring Cups


  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2.5 Tbsp Instant Potato
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Bread Crumb
  • 1 Ea Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Oil for Pan Fry 200


  • Line a cookie sheet or platter with wax paper or plastic wrap
  • Line a plate with a paper towel or two
  • Add the chicken breast to the food processor and pulse until ground
  • Using the spatula scoop the ground chicken into the mixing bowl
  • Add the spices to the chicken
  • Whisk the egg If you are using a small egg add a tablespoon of water
  • Using your hands form a small ball and flatten to a nugget shape
  • Dip the nugget into flour, then egg, then, breadcrumbs
  • Place on lined cookie sheet or lined platter
  • Heat the cooking oil over medium heat
  • Once the oil is at 350 degrees carefully place the first 6 nuggets do not crowd the pan
  • Flip the nuggets to maintain desired level of browning and even heating
  • Once they have reached 165 F internal temperature at the thickest point remove to the paper towel lined plate
  • Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain



Calories do not include dipping sauce
If you are watching calories you may want to check out the nutrition information and opt for the air-fried version of this recipe or forgo the dipping sauce. Also note: 1 chicken breast makes approximately 12 nuggets so serving size is approximately 4 nuggets. 
Now we know why this is typically only served to small children- 4 nuggets may not be enough for an adult serving.  
While the takeout version from a famous fast food restaurant boasts fewer calories it also contains about half of the protein. Our version has more carbs due to the potato flakes. More protein and more carbs makes ours more filling. Think of it like skipping the fries
If calories are not a concern by all means up the serving size, dip away, and enjoy! 


Calories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 23gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 497mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 3mg
Keyword after school, budget, Dinner, family, freezer meal
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