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Baked Chicken Nuggets that Everyone Will Love

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These chicken nuggets are far better than their Mc__ competitor. The recipe can be doubled and frozen for a quick and easy dinner. My kids love to help assemble these, too.

Ingredients

  • 1-½ pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Dry Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ cups Butter, Melted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare chicken breasts by cutting into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces or to your liking. Remove any fat from chicken and pat chicken dry with paper towel. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except butter, until well combined.

Put melted butter in a separate dish (preferably shallow for dipping).

Make an assembly line and begin by dipping chicken in the melted butter, then coating in bread crumb mixture.

Transfer chicken to a lightly-greased wire rack. Continue with all chicken and sprinkle any remaining bread crumb mixture on prepared chicken pieces.

Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout.

Note: The wire rack helps cook the bread crumb mixture all around the chicken to a nice crisp, keeping it from getting soggy. If a wire rack is not available, a cookie sheet can be used, turning the chicken half-way through cooking time.

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5galsandadad on 3.30.2010

I made these last night. They were really good. Mistakes I made were using ground thyme (could really taste it) and oiling the baking sheet. Otherwise, easy, kid friendly and yummy! Thanks!

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sarahbee on 1.24.2010

These are sooo delicious! I based my recipe off yours (only had Parmesan on hand and already seasoned breadcrumbs leftover from Christmas). The kids (and their dad) were begging for more! Great work!

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maezie on 11.8.2009

I made these for a small gathering of friends and they were gone in 5 minutes. These never fail!! Delicious.

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audreystyle on 10.22.2009

I made these tonight and they were great! The only change I made in the recipe was using homemade gluten free bread crumbs. Also, I used unsalted butter since there was plenty of salt in the bread crumb mixture.

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tjloch on 10.13.2009

Made these last night for the boyfriend and roommate… We couldn’t move afterwards! We ate ourselves past our stuffing zone! LOL! Very good. Only thing is I used a wire-rack and after the 20 mins the bottoms were still pretty buttery and soggy so i flipped them all and stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes to brown them up.

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alwayssmile on 6.13.2011

I find this to be quick and easy to make! Have made many times in this house over the past few months.:)

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kender3 on 1.17.2011

Not bad, but it takes about 40 minutes in prep time. And that’s just too much time to make chicken nuggets–especially ones that didn’t get much of a reaction from anyone at the dinner table.

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alittlenosh on 6.14.2010

These were really delicious…much more so than I expected them to be. Next time, I’ll leave out the extra salt because they were way saltier than I would have liked. Other than that, they were a big hit!

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Erin on 6.13.2010

These were easy and delicious. My husband and I enjoyed them immensely. The breading is very versatile and can be used for many chicken dishes. The only change I made was I only melted 1/4 cup of butter instead of a whole cup.

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elliemb2 on 6.10.2010

These were absolutely fabulous! I didn’t have the basil, parsley, or oregano (I’m a boring cook, apparently) but they were delicious anyway. The butter really keeps them from getting dry while baking. I will definitely be using this recipe over and over! Thanks!

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