If your dinner table is filled with the pickiest of little eaters, chicken nuggets may become a necessary supper staple. Instead of relying on freezer burned frozen nuggets to satisfy tricky toddlers, consider a simple, flavorful chicken nugget recipe you can make at home that even your husband might mistake for Chick-fil-A’s recipe.Our Homemade Chicken Nuggets recipe serves up tasty fried chicken bites fast. But, if you want to dial up the flavor, marinate your chicken bites in a mixture of red, black, and chipotle Chile peppers, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and buttermilk the day before. If you know the kids will ask for chicken nuggets for dinner, you might as well plan ahead.Serve these chicken nuggets for dinner or send them to school in your kid’s lunchbox for a lunchtime treat that’ll be too good to trade with friends. Better yet, this nugget recipe is freezer-friendly, so set aside a few extra nuggets for the next time the kids’ chicken nugget order catches you off guard.

Southern Living


Credit: Jennifer Davick

Recipe Summary test

50 mins
50 mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl; reserve half of spice mixture. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place chicken in a medium bowl, and toss with remaining spice mixture until coated. Stir in buttermilk; cover and chill 24 hours.

  • Tear bread into pieces, and place in a food processor with reserved spice mixture. Process until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in flour. Remove chicken pieces from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk. Dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture.

  • Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Fry chicken, in batches, 6 to 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve warm or cold with blue cheese dressing or honey mustard.

Chef's Notes

Total time does not include 1 day marinating time.