Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I was looking for ways to spice up traditional chicken nuggets and came up with this recipe. The chips add a crunchy texture and flavor, while the meat is tender on the inside. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York
Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1 cup sweet potato chips
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces


  1. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 350°. Place chips, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and baking powder in a food processor; pulse until ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.
  2. Mix cornstarch and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss with chicken. Toss with potato chip mixture, pressing gently to coat.
  3. Fry nuggets, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If you're a dunker, try serving this with sweet-and-sour sauce.
  • To reuse frying oil, cool and strain it to remove any food particles. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
  • Fry in small batches to maintain consistent oil temperature.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 308 calories, 17g fat (1g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.