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This Homemade Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets recipe tastes JUST LIKE the real ones – but made in your kitchen. Learn how to make these crispy little fun nuggets from home right now!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets – Copycat McDonald’s Recipe
|Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 30 Nuggets
Who needs the convenience of a drive-through when you can create your own delicious chicken nuggets right at home?
Weeknights are busy around our house, and while stopping by our favorite drive-throughs seems easiest, I cringe. Why? Well, they aren’t the healthiest. And I kid you not when I tell you this, my kids can not recall the last time they set foot inside a McDonald’s.
They will, however, tell you when the last time I made these chicken nuggets. We have such a fun dinner when nuggets hit our monthly meal plan. Each kid loves to create their own sauce. It is a condiment fiasco. But making memories is 100% worth it all. Even if some of our sauce ideas become duds.
So you are probably thinking: Are these chicken nuggets hard to make?
The quick answer is “No”. But they do require just a little bit of your time. The convenience of this meal starts with purchasing pre-ground chicken. If you don’t have any on hand and do have some chicken breast not to worry.
How to make ground chicken for nuggets
First, prepare a baking sheet. Covering with foil. Then cut your chicken breast into manageable sizes. I prefer 1-inch squares if I have the time. This makes freeze time faster.
After your chicken is cut, place it on a prepared sheet and freeze for roughly 30 minutes. Once partially frozen, remove from freezer.
Placing chunks into a food processor or blender. Working in batches of about 10 at a time. Chop using the pulse button until your chicken no longer resembles pieces but is now ground chicken. There you have it! You will need about 2 pounds of ground chicken for this recipe.
How to Make Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken
This homemade chicken nugget recipe is not complicated but does require a little bit of prep work.
- 2 lbs. of ground chicken
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- 1 cup of water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of onion powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper
- 1 cup of flour
How to Make Homemade Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets
First, in a food processor or mixer, blend the chicken with one egg and salt. Blend until the chicken resembles a paste.
Now you are ready for the next step, which does take the brunt of your time.
Next, form the chicken into tablespoon-sized nuggets. This does take a little of your time. Especially if your kiddos are looking for the exact replica of McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
Once formed, and you are happy with the look, dredge each nugget in cornstarch to fully coat. Then set aside.
Now you are ready for the second part. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, seasonings, egg, and water.
Mix well until a smooth batter forms. This will be your outside batter for your copycat nuggets.
In a saucepan or deep skillet, bring oil to 350°. Now prepare each nugget for frying. Using a fork, place one formed nugget on top and dip it into the batter.
Gently lift the fork up with coated nuggets and allow the excess batter to drip off. These nuggets are crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
When ready, place battered nuggets into fry. Cooking to fry for 3 minutes until nuggets are floating. Once they begin to float, remove them and place them on a paper towel to let them rest.
Return nuggets to oil for 2 more minutes to double fry. Once all nuggets have been doubled-fried, allow them to cool for a few minutes before eating.
You can serve your McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets with honey mustard, barbecue sauce, ranch, buffalo, hot mustard, or other dipping sauce.
Homemade Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Recipe
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- • 2 lbs. of ground chicken
- • 2 eggs
- • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- • 1 cup of cornstarch
- • 1 cup of water
- • 1 1/2 tablespoons of onion powder
- • 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- • 1 tablespoon of paprika
- • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper
- • 1 cup of flour
- In a food processor or mixer, blend the chicken, 1 egg, and salt until the chicken resembles a paste.
- Form the chicken into tablespoon-sized nuggets. Dredge the nuggets in cornstarch to fully coat. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, seasonings, egg, and water. Mix well until a smooth batter forms.
- Place a nugget on a fork to dip into the batter. Let excess batter drip off.
- In a saucepan or deep skillet, bring oil to 350° and place battered nuggets into fry. Fry for 3 minutes until nuggets are floating and remove to a paper towel to let rest. Return nuggets to oil for 2 more minutes to double fry.
- Allow nuggets to cool before eating.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 224mgSodium: 564mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 40g
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Other Great Family Meal Ideas
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.