How to Cook Uncooked Breaded Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are a childhood favorite that many adults continue to enjoy into their college years and beyond because they are so quick and easy to make. Few convenience foods beat the savory taste of the crispy coating and the tender chicken inside of the nugget. You can fry chicken nuggets or enjoy them hot out of the oven for a healthier take on the nuggets.

Chicken nuggets on a plate. Credit: peredniankina/iStock/Getty Images

Fried Chicken Nuggets

Step 1

Pour the vegetable oil into a deep skillet and heat it over high heat. The oil should reach 360 to 375 degrees F when it is ready.

Step 2

Add the chicken nuggets and fry them for three minutes. Turn them over and cook them for two more minutes. If the nuggets are frozen, cook them for four minutes on each side. The nuggets are ready when the breading turns golden brown.

Step 3

Remove the chicken nuggets from the hot oil using a fryer skimmer and place them on a plate covered with paper towels to drain. Serve hot.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Place the chicken nuggets on a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.

Step 3

Bake the nuggets for eight minutes and turn them. Bake for another seven minutes. If the nuggets are frozen, bake them for ten minutes on each side. The nuggets will be golden brown and tender when they are finished.

Step 4

Take the nuggets out of the oven and serve them hot.

Things You'll Need

  • 24 chicken nuggets

  • Skillet

  • 6 cups vegetable oil

  • Fryer skimmer

  • Plate

  • Paper towels

  • Baking sheet

  • Spatula

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