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Food Factor: Chicken Nuggets for Grown Ups

Chicken nuggets for grown-ups is one of our most popular recipes from the original television series. They are a fun, fast, and easy weeknight meal that cuts calories since they’re baked instead of fried.

Panko breadcrumbs are light and flaky, which keeps these chicken nuggets crispy. Toasting them before coating the chicken is an extra step you won’t regret! With all this flavor, you won’t even need a dipping sauce!

Chicken Nuggets

2 thawed chicken breasts

1 cup plain Panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper


2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1-2 teaspoons parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut two thawed chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.

Season with salt, pepper, and paprika, then toss in olive oil. Mix until coated.

In a nonstick skillet, toast plain panko breadcrumbs until they are golden brown.

In a medium-size bowl, mix toasted breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and fresh parsley.

Coat the chicken pieces with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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