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It’s 5:00 and, once again, you wish dinner would magically appear.

It’s been a long day, and you don’t feel like making a decision about what to eat (again), let alone standing over a stove for 30 minutes.

Some frozen chicken nuggets would be great.  But you feel guilty about serving junk food to the family all the time.

What you really need is a healthy alternative.

What if you had some healthy homemade chicken nuggets at the ready?

Let’s say you spent some time over a more relaxing weekend putting together some frozen chicken nuggets.  That way, you have food at the ready.

And you know what’s in it.

This recipe for Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets is so yummy and filling.  It’s got simple ingredients, and isn’t complicated to make.

I even put some of them in sandwich bags so the kids can thaw them in the freezer and pack them in a lunch.  Yum!

How to Make Your Own Frozen Chicken Nuggets Get this simple homemade frozen chicken nuggets recipe.

Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Some of the ingredients for my healthy homemade frozen chicken nuggets are a little different.  But be sure you try it before you knock it!  You’ll love how rich they taste.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 c breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed corn flakes
  • 3 T grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion flakes
  • 1 c pureed butternut squash (you could probably use pureed pumpkin instead if you prefer)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large chicken breasts or 9 tenderloins cut into nugget sizes

In one bowl combine your breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and spices.  In a second bowl combine your squash puree with your eggs.

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Dip the chicken into the puree mixture.  Then dip them into the breadcrumb mixture.  I find a combination of my fingers and a large spoon does the trick.

Spray a cooking sheet with non-stick spray and place your nuggets on the tray.  Cook nuggets at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

Once the nuggets cool, place them in a freezer bag.

Warm It Up

When you’re ready to serve your frozen chicken nuggets, you can bake them at 400 for 15 minutes.  Or zap them in the microwave for 3 minutes.

But they taste great cold, too.  Sometimes I put 4 or 5 into several sandwich baggies.  Then I put all of the little baggies into a large freezer bag.  When the kids are packing their lunches the night before, they just take out a baggie and move it to the fridge to be packed the next morning.  Easy!

Easy Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Delicious homemade chicken nuggets

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword kid friendly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 c breadcrumbs can use panko or cornflakes if you prefer
  • 3 Tbso grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 c butternut squash or sweet potatoes cooked and pureed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large chicken breasts cut into nugget sizes


  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. In one bowl, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, and seasonings.

  3. In another bowl, combine your squash puree and eggs.

  4. Dip the chicken nuggets into the puree bowl. Then dip them into the breadcrumb mixture.

  5. Spray a cooking sheet with non-stick spray. Place nuggets on the sheet.

  6. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

  7. Once nuggets cool, put 4 to 5 in a sandwich bag. Place all baggies in a freezer bag and freeze. The night before, set them in the fridge to thaw for packing in lunches.

Does your family love chicken nuggets?