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Crispy Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Crispy Chicken Nuggets are coated twice for a super crispy coating. Taste better than your favorite fast food restaurant!

Crispy Chicken Nuggets on a plate with bowl of honey mustard dipping sauce.

Homemade Nuggets Taste So Much Better Than Store-Bought

Do you get tired of serving your children grisly, greasy chicken nuggets from the freezer or a fast food restaurant? Cook’s Country Magazine has the solution. A recipe that results in tender, juicy, well-flavored chunks of chicken breast with a crispy coating.

I don’t fry foods often, even though I’m from the South, aka the Land of Fried Foods. Frying makes such a mess, and I hate kitchen clean-up!

But these Crispy Chicken Nuggets, let me tell you. They are well worth the trouble AND the clean-up.

Overhead of chicken nuggets on a plate with honey mustard..

Moist Interior and Crispy Exterior

To keep the chicken nuggets moist, they are first brined in a solution of water, salt, and Worcestershire Sauce. I’m a huge fan of Worcestershire sauce and am always amazed by how many things it can make taste better. If in doubt, use Worcestershire sauce is a perfectly good kitchen rule. Brining helps keep the meat juicy while frying and it also gives a wonderful seasoning to the meat.

To create an extra-crispy coating, the chicken nuggets are coated in a flour/panko crumb mixture, left to rest for 10 minutes, and then recoated. A touch of baking soda in the mixture helps the nuggets brown quickly in the oil.

The recipe calls for crushed Panko crumbs and after a few minutes of rather unsuccessfully trying to crush them with the bottom of a measuring cup, I put them through a quick whirl in my food processor.

I like to fry in peanut oil, but Yikes! that stuff seems to be getting more and more expensive. You could always use Vegetable oil as a lower cost alternative.

Dipping Sauce

I’m a big fan of chicken nuggets and honey mustard so I made a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce. Don’t like honey mustard? Dip these nuggets in BBQ sauce instead. Whether you cook these crispy chicken nuggets up for a weeknight meal or serve them on a platter for a football game, there are sure to be plenty of smiling faces.

Have any leftovers? Try chopping them up and adding them to a salad.

Chicken Nuggets piled up on plate with bowl of honey mustard.

What to serve with these nuggets?

If you love spicy food, be sure to try these Buffalo Chicken Nuggets.

Crispy Chicken Nuggets on a plate with bowl of honey mustard dipping sauce.

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with a crispy coating served with a honey mustard dipping sauce. You won’t want fast food nuggets ever again.
PREP: 45 minutes
COOK: 6 minutes
TOTAL: 51 minutes


  • 4 boneless, about 1 1/2 pounds, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko crumbs, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 4 cups peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together water, 1 tablespoon of salt, and Worcestershire sauce until salt dissolves.
  • Add chicken, stir to coat chicken well, and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • While chicken is brining, combine flour, panko bread crumbs, onion powder, remaining salt, pepper, garlic powder, and baking soda in a pie plate or shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, whisk the egg whites until foamy.
  • Remove chicken from brine and discard the brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Coat chicken in egg white and then dredge in flour mixture. Place on a plate and let sit 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to a temperature of 350 degrees.
  • Recoat chicken in flour mixture, pressing mixture on with your fingers.
  • Working in 2 batches, fry chicken until golden brown, flipping once. This will take approximately 3 minutes total. Place chicken on top of a wire rack set in a large, rimmed baking sheet. Chicken can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven.
  • To make dipping sauce, combine mayonnaise, both mustards, honey, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried chicken

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Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country

Originally published Sept 3, 2013.

Disclosure: Spicy Southern Kitchen is an amazon.com affiliate.

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13 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken Nuggets Recipe”

  1. Carlita Kearney

    what is the sodium content for the crispy chicken nuggets? I try to cook low sodium meals if possible.

  2. looking for a nugget recipe, think i hit jack pot. Making this in the morning for hussy to take to work….
    will let you know the out come.

  3. kacamata murah

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  4. marcie@flavorthemoments

    These look SO crispy and they sound so full of flavor with Worcestershire sauce as a brine and those delicious spices! That honey mustard sauce sounds like a winner, too. I hate frying as well, but when a dish is worth the mess like this one, I will do it!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Marcie! You are right, the Worcestershire sauce does wonders for the flavor!

  5. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    I think adding a bit of spiciness to any dish makes it so much more complex 😉 I miss chicken nuggets, haven’t had them in foreverrrr! Nice twist 🙂

  6. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I use to hate fried stuff because it always look too greasy to me. But, wow Christin, you made these nuggets look so perfect, like, they don’t look greasy in the slightest! I’m sure they must be crispy perfection, I need to try them soon! They’re definitely worth the clean-up 😉

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