Faux Chicken Nuggets Recipe
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Faux Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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Here's a recipe for "chicken nuggets" that's poultry-free. It calls for pound cake in place of chicken, rolled in a "batter" of chopped peanuts. Kids will think they're having dinner for dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 snack-size cups (3-1/2 ounces each) vanilla pudding
  • 2 teaspoons dark corn syrup
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 342 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Cut cake into 12 slices; cut each slice in half. Cut into irregular nugget-shaped pieces; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, corn syrup, butter and vanilla; beat on low speed until sugar is moistened. Beat on high until smooth. Dip cake pieces into glaze, then roll in peanuts. Let stand until set.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with nuggets. Yield: 2 dozen (1 cup sauce).
Originally published as Faux Chicken Nuggets in Country Woman March/April 2006, p39

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Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"Great treat! I used corn flakes instead of peanuts due to allergies. And I mixed red frosting with butterscotch pudding to make ketchup."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I made and took this to my husband's work, which happens to be on April Fool's Day. They were a hit and really fooled a lot of people!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"My daughter lives on chicken nuggets so it was a no-brainer to make this recipe for her birthday school treat. I couldn't use peanuts so I mixed a combination of crunchy oatmeal cookies and cheerios (crushed in a food processor) as the coating. Also, the sugar "wash" for the pound cake was too thick and had to be thinned with water so the pieces could soak up the liquid. So fun!! I also make an extra "sauce" with red food coloring for ketchup."

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