Chicken McNuggets

Chicken McNuggets

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 nuggets
Calories: 116kcal


  • 1 lb chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • peanut oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup tempura batter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup water


  • Place all the chicken in a food processor
  • Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder and salt, then add it to the food processor
  • Process on low until the meat forms a single solid ball, 1-3 minutes
  • spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, then press the meat ball into the tray to form a large 1/4" thick patty, place the tray in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm the meat up for easier moulding
  • line another tray with wax paper, form the meat into 2"x1.5"x1/4 inch nuggets with your hands or nugget cutters. dip your hand / cutter into the 2 cups of water intermittently to prevent the chicken from sticking to things.
  • Spread the nuggets evenly on the wax papered tray, then freeze for 90 minutes
  • after 75 minutes, heat a pot of oil with about 2" of peanut oil to 325F.
  • Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup tempura batter mix in a small mixing bowl, whisk til smooth.
  • take the nuggets out of the freezer, dredge each in the flour to fully coat, then press into the batter. Use a skewer to transfer the nuggets from the batter to the oil to prevent finger marks in the batter.
  • Fry the nuggets in batches for 1 minute at 325, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Bring the oil up to 375F and fry the nuggets in batches again this time for 3 minutes per batch. IMPORTANT: IF you are using vegetable or canola oil, your oil will smoke at 375F, you'll need to fry the nuggets below 350F for about 4 minutes.
  • Serve with various dipping sauces (hot honey mustard, sweet Thai chilli and buffalo sauces are in my picture.)


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g