Cheese chicken nuggets

Cheese chicken nuggets

Cheese chicken nuggets are a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish that combines the flavors of tender chicken and gooey cheese. Here’s a simple recipe to make cheese chicken nuggets at home:


  • 1 pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite melting cheese)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (panko breadcrumbs work well)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Cooking oil (canola, vegetable, or any oil suitable for frying)


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Preheating the oven will allow you to keep the cooked nuggets warm while you finish frying the rest.
  • Prepare the breading station:
    • In one shallow bowl, place the all-purpose flour.
    • In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
    • In a third shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika (if using).
    • Keep the shredded cheese ready on the side.
  • Assemble the cheese chicken nuggets:
    • Take a piece of chicken, place a small amount of shredded cheese on top, and press another piece of chicken on top to create a cheese-filled chicken bite.
    • Repeat the process with the rest of the chicken pieces.
  • Dredge the nuggets:
    • Roll each cheese-stuffed chicken bite in the all-purpose flour, shaking off any excess.
    • Dip the nugget into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s coated evenly.
    • Roll the nugget in the seasoned breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to help the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken.

  • Fry the nuggets:
    • In a large skillet or frying pan, add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom by about 1/4 inch. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
    • Once the oil is hot, add the breaded chicken nuggets in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan.
    • Cook the nuggets for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
    • Remove the cooked nuggets from the pan and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  • Bake the nuggets (optional):
    • If you want your nuggets to be extra crispy or if they aren’t fully cooked inside after frying, you can transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for an additional 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve and enjoy:
    • Serve the cheese chicken nuggets hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing.

Enjoy your homemade cheese chicken nuggets! They make a great appetizer, snack, or even a main course when paired with some sides.

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