Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Treat yourself and your family to these delicious Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets. These nuggets are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and packed with flavor. They make for a perfect snack, appetizer, or main course that everyone will love.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35-40 minutes


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Cooking spray or olive oil for baking


Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.
  3. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, about 1-2 inches each.

Prepare the Breading:

  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  2. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until well combined.

Bread the Chicken:

  1. Dip each chicken piece into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.
  2. Then, coat the chicken pieces in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing lightly to ensure the breadcrumbs adhere well.
  3. Place the breaded chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they are not touching.

Bake the Nuggets:

  1. Lightly spray the tops of the chicken nuggets with cooking spray or drizzle with a small amount of olive oil to help them crisp up.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the nuggets are golden brown and the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).
  3. For extra crispiness, turn the nuggets halfway through the baking time.


  1. Once baked, remove the chicken nuggets from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.
  2. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces such as ketchup, ranch, honey mustard, or barbecue sauce.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Appetizer: Serve as a finger food with a variety of dipping sauces for a party or gathering.
  • Main Dish: Pair with a side of roasted vegetables, a salad, or sweet potato fries for a complete meal.
  • Snack: Enjoy as a quick and nutritious snack.

Cooking Tips:

  • Uniform Pieces: Cut the chicken into similar-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Breadcrumb Variations: Use Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs for added flavor, or mix in some finely chopped fresh herbs.
  • Crispy Texture: For an extra crispy texture, broil the nuggets for the last 2-3 minutes of baking, watching closely to avoid burning.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Chicken: High in protein and low in fat, essential for muscle growth and repair.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Adds a source of calcium and rich flavor.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: Provide a light and crispy coating with fewer calories than traditional breadcrumbs.

Dietary Information:

  • Kid-Friendly: A great option for kids who enjoy fun and tasty finger foods.
  • Low-Carb: For a lower-carb version, use almond flour instead of panko breadcrumbs.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Quick and Easy: Simple to prepare and ready in under 40 minutes.
  • Crispy and Flavorful: The combination of Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs creates a deliciously crispy coating.
  • Versatile: Perfect for snacks, appetizers, or main courses, and customizable with your favorite seasonings.


Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets are a delightful and easy-to-make dish that everyone will enjoy. With their crispy coating and tender chicken, these nuggets are sure to become a favorite in your household. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauces and sides for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy the simplicity and great taste of these homemade chicken nuggets.

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