Chicken Nuggets – Easy and Kid Friendly

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Chicken Nuggets

Look on any kid’s menu at any restaurant in North America and what will you find? Chicken Nuggets! Hard to believe that this dish hardly existed before fast food engineers came up with it. And of course, all the chicken nuggets you get in these restaurants are bad for you. They are all fried at a high temperature in hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. And let’s not even talk about the source of the meat!

Kid’s love ’em, and my kids begged and pleaded for them just like everyone else’s. What to do, what to do? In the face of such overwhelming demand, I came up with this simple recipe. Over the years I’ve made these with a variety of different frying fats. For years I made them with olive oil, which is tasty but not ideal. Refined coconut oil works out great! I’d been looking for a way to get a little more coconut oil in and this old time favorite fits the bill.

Are you ever too old for chicken nuggets? My kids are grown now, but chicken nuggets remain a favorite in our home. Maybe they’ll be in your home too! I usually make about twice this amount so we’ll have leftovers. Not that they last long though ;-).

Stir Fry Chicken

Stir fry chicken works great for this …

Chicken Nuggets

Recipe Type: Main Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes – PT5M
Cook time: 10 minutes – PT10M
Yield: 4 servings

  • Chicken1 lb
  • Flour1 Cup
  • Refined Coconut Oil1/2 Cup
  • Chicken Nugget Ingredients

    All the stuff you need …

  • Granulated Garlic1 Tbsp
  • Granulated Onion1 Tbsp
  • Salt2-4 tsps
  • Cast iron skillet, enameled or not. If you don’t have one, just use a stainless skillet instead.
  • Small bowl for mixing
  • Knife and Spatula
Flour Mixture

The flour mixture …

  • Cut your chicken into bite sized portions. If you get a stir fry cut it’ll be much quicker. I try to keep some around for busy times so I have something to fall back on.
  • Put the flour, garlic, salt and onion powder in the bowl and mix together.
  • Heat up the coconut oil in your pan.
  • Coat the chicken with the flour mixture then drop in the pan when it’s good and hot.
  • Floured and Ready

    Floured and ready to fry …

  • Let cook till you see some browning around the edges, then flip carefully to the other side.
  • Wait another 3-5 minutes, or so then stir a bit. Continue to stir till it’s browned to your liking. If your unsure if it’s cooked thru, just cut a nugget with the spatula and check :-).
  • And it’s done! Just pair it with some rice or potatoes and some buttered veggies and your good to go.
First Turn

Turn it over carefully the first time …

Browned Chicken Nuggets

Nicely browned …

Chicken Nugget Meal

The finished meal!

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Maria Hoeffer January 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thank you! I love easy healthy dishes my kids love! I also love the Corelle plate in the photo! :)

Kathy January 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

:-) I love the Corelle plate too … just made that photo!

Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) January 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

Sounds delicious! Do you think they would taste good baked?

Kathy January 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I bet they would … haven’t tried it but that’s a great idea!

Kresha @ Nourishing Joy January 29, 2013 at 3:05 am

Heh – chicken nuggets are indeed a kid-favorite. I haven’t tried this method before and I’m definitely going to have to try it! Thanks for the tip.

Thanks, too, for sharing this in this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Monday carnival. I’ve pinned it on our “Thank Goodness It’s Monday” Pinterest page, too. :-)

Kresha from

Lori @ Our Heritage of Health February 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

These look delicious and MUCH better than fast food chicken nuggets! I have the exact same Corelle plates that used to be my grandmothers :)

Kathy February 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

Thanks Lori … love those Granny plates 😉

Hannah@easyrealfood June 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Yummy! I think I will try these tomorrow for a fun Saturday night dinner, I’ve got 3 little ones and I think they’ll like them.

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