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How to Make Chicken Nuggets from Scratch


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I first saw this on a great channel called MeatManGary – if you haven’t visited him online you should.

Once I saw that it could be done, I both started planning a time I could get the wife out of the house (because if she saw it while I was doing it she would not have ate it) and to do some more research.

Basically chicken nuggets are a breaded and shaped meat paste.
The boy eats LOTS of chicken nuggets.

While it isn’t his only food group like the poor 18 year old girl that ONLY ate nuggets – it is easy to make and he really likes them.

The problem is that most chicken nuggets are made with “mechanically separated” meat – which is a very unappetizing process. Basically the chicken carcass bones and all is ground and turned into slurry and forced through a very fine sieve to catch the bone particles. That is NOT something little WT should eat.

If you want to make your own homemade chicken nuggets, here is the process


  • Ground Chicken
  • Spices (I used Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Oregano, and Parsley)
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Oil


  • Mix Chicken and spices in a food processor
  • Shape mix into ping pong sized balls and mush gently into nugget shape (I found it was easier to do after dredging)
  • Dredge in flour
  • Dip in egg wash
  • Coat in flour again
  • Fry

Alternatively you could bake the nuggets. What I like to do is to fry briefly and then finish in the oven.

What works well is to fry, then freeze on a baking sheet, and then dump in a large Ziploc for bulk storage. Then you can thaw in the oven to finish cooking whenever you need a quick meal.

Two things to consider – ground meat has a large surface area for contamination, so clean hands and cold meat is necessary to prevent food-borne illness and you must fully cook the nuggets.

The boy and his mom both like this recipe, and I do admit it tastes good, but I think next time I am just going to chop the chicken into bite sized pieces and fry up real nuggets…

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