Panko Chicken Nuggets

Few foods are more kid-friendly than nuggets, but do you ever wonder what's in them? Rest assured with these easy homemade ones. They can[ be breaded in advance and fried up the day of, or just bread and fry them the night before for maximum convenience. Buttermilk and panko makes them both tender and crispy, and your kids will love them]

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • Ranch, honey mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping, optional
  • Carrot, cucumber and or celery sticks, optional
Directions

Whisk the egg and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Soak chicken pieces in egg mixture while you gather remaining ingredients. Meanwhile, in another shallow bowl combine panko with paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper, to taste. Set a rack on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lift chicken from buttermilk, letting excess liquid drain back into the bowl, then dip into panko and turn to coat on all sides.

Carefully place chicken in oil and cook until they are golden and crispy and cooked through, about for 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to the rack to cool. Place in sealed container. Pack in a lunch box with their favorite veggies and ranch, honey mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping.

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Good but would be better with Parmesan cheese in bread crumb mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great! Very plain coating and needed a lot of salt but you could always dcctor Them up. Panko fries so nicely but had equal results baking with olive oil drizzled. Family loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome! My whole family loves them. So tasty!!! Have only tried them right off the oven. We will see how they are the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome! I heated the leftovers in the oven the morning of school, popped them in a thermos and my daughter said they tasted great at lunch. This is a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great recipe! The kids loved them! No more nuggets from anywhere else! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. We baked ours at 450 for 10 min each side. It was easy and a crowd pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After you fry them they taste delicious. If you put them in the refigerator the next day they will be soggy and gross. Kechup instead of honey mustard too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fresh, tender, and flaky, but bland. I tripled the recipe. Maybe that changes the proportion of spices, but I found that there was a bit too much Italian seasoning and not enough garlic, salt and pepper. Recipe didn't say how much salt and pepper to add. Definitely need to add different and more spices. Good with honey or BBQ sauce. (I baked them, rather than frying them item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy, delicious! The kids loved them and so did I! We ate them right away, in lieu of saving them for lunches. Easy go-to meal that i will use again! Just 1 note: i didnt feel like i needed to use all of the bread crumbs the recipe to call for, would only use 1 cup next time. Thanks for a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DON'T add HONEY to the buttermilk, as someone suggested. Chicken should not taste "sweet". Stick to the recipe. There's a reason why there's no "baking" instructions. Frying your nuggets will ensure a nice golden brown color, and they will turn out juicy and tender. I soaked them in the buttermilk overnight for maximum tenderness. Also, if your breasts are thick, flatten them down with a mallet to about 1/3" for more flavorful results. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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