Baked Chicken Nuggets

February 17, 2023 / 5 mins read

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

Makes 4 servings

Total Time: 29 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 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


  1. Remove skin and bone; cut thighs into bite-sized pieces.
  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

    1. Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.
    2. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet, so they are not touching.
    3. 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.


To remove bone from chicken thigh:

  1. Place chicken on cutting board. Remove skin from thighs.
  2. Turn chicken thighs over.
  3. Cut around bone and remove it.

For nutrition information, please visit Baked Chicken Nuggets from USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

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