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Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

My 3-year-old is going through a stage where he'll eat only chicken nuggets and French fries. I like to make these golden nuggets for him so I know what he's eating. They're so good, we like them, too! —Amanda Livesay, Mobile, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Marinara sauce, optional


  • Place butter in a shallow bowl. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese and salt in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in crumbs.
  • Place in a single layer on two 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until no longer pink, turning once. Serve with marinara sauce if desired.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken nuggets. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place on a baking sheet and reheat in a preheated 375° oven 7-12 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
6 nuggets (calculated without marinara): 191 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 309mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 20g protein.
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  • Corwin44
    Apr 26, 2020

    I used a little over 2 lbs chicken, 1 cup panko, and 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs. I served with a variety of dipping sauce ( bbq, ranch, sweet and sour, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing). Everyone liked it. Green beans, applesauce and french fries rounded out the meal. I think this recipe would work great using cod, halibut, or pork.

  • TigerGuy
    Mar 6, 2020

    I made these twice. 1st time just as recipe indicated and it was "Delicious"!! 2nd time I added a touch of cayenne and it was delicious. My daughter at them up. Next time I'll have to quadruple the recipe so I have a midnight snack ;)

  • bigauntpat
    Jan 20, 2020

    We loved these, easy to make and enjoyed by all!!

  • Colleen
    Dec 14, 2019

    Very good in a salad. I ran out of melted butter near the end and used an egg to dip and the butter ones had a much better flavor and appearance.

  • Deborah
    Nov 6, 2018

    Loved this recipe. Quite tasty. To JANENOV46: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. People have the right to do what they want with their kids without judgement from you!!

  • rmbarr059
    Jul 28, 2018

    My husband and I loved them although my kids wouldn’t try any as they didn’t look like the nuggets at chick-fil-a, haha! That’s ok though, will definitely make again.

    Feb 9, 2018

    Quick and easy. I would like to add if a kid is hungry enough he will eat a variety of things. Only serving what they think is all they will eat is a big mistake. Makes for a picky eater that is a pain for anyone stuck with cooking for them the rest of their life. I use pickey loosely because it gives the impression of a person with a palate for good food, wihich of course is just the opposite.

  • walkbal
    May 22, 2017

    These were quite good and easy to make. I wonder if you could make them with a solid fish like cod?

  • terri46311
    Aug 22, 2016

    I made these with a rotisserie flavored turkey tenderloin cut into chucks .. no butter .. I just rolled the chunks into the cheese and Panko and they were great!!!

  • shadey1
    Jul 6, 2016

    I make these for the kids at family gatherings, I soon found out they were also a hit with the adults. Cannot make enough. Tasty and easy and I offer several dips!