Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

herb crusted chicken nuggets

★★★★★ 12
a recipe by
Stephanie Heitmeier
Cumming, GA

My son is the self-professed fast-food king! But when I showed him an article about what fast-food chicken nuggets were made of well, that put the end to that. So I set out trying to find "chicken nuggets" that he would love but without all the junk. This got a thumbs up from the whole family. Hard to do :)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Kids will love these homemade chicken nuggets. We loved the combination of parsley and dill added to the bread crumb coating. Frying in an electric skillet, deep fryer, or wok will make for easy clean-up. Serve with French fries for a yummy back-to-school dinner. So easy, yet so delicious!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 12
serves 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For herb crusted chicken nuggets

  • 4
    chicken breast
  • 1 tsp
    granulated garlic for marinade
  • 1/2 c
    Mt. Olive Texas Pete pickle juice
  • 1 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1 tsp
    granulated garlic for bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried dill
  • 1
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 32 oz
    canola oil

How To Make herb crusted chicken nuggets

Test Kitchen Tips
If you can't find Mt. Olive Texas Pete pickles, combine Texas Pete hot sauce with Mt. Olive pickle juice. Sweet and spicy pickle juice can be substituted too.
  • Chicken marinating in pickle juice.
    Cut your chicken breast into one inch pieces. Marinate chicken pieces in 1/2 cup pickle juice and 1 tsp of granulated garlic for at least two hours.
  • Setting up a dredging station.
    Set up your dredging station. Bowl #1 Flour (can season with salt and pepper). Bowl #2 One egg mixed with 6 Tbsp of water. Bowl #3 Bread crumbs, salt, pepper, granulate garlic, parsley, and dill.
  • Draining the marinated chicken.
    Preheat a deep nonstick pan to 375 degrees ( I use my electric skillet but any large skillet will do). Drain chicken in a colander.
  • Dredging chicken in flour.
    Dip chicken in flour.
  • Dredging chicken in egg wash.
    Then egg wash.
  • Dredging chicken in seasoned bread crumbs.
    Then bread crumbs. Set aside and repeat with remaining chicken pieces
  • Frying the chicken nuggets.
    When oil is heated fry chicken for about 3-4 minutes per side till golden brown. I did this in two batches.
  • Draining fried nuggets on a paper towel.
    Place the first batch on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes before serving... this helps to set the crust.