Recipe: Herb Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Baked Herb Chicken Nuggets

Baked Herb Chicken Nuggets

..baked for a healthier option. Most people ate freezer chicken nuggets as a child when our mums were too worn out from chasing us around to cook. I can remember loving them; drowned in tomato ketchup and served with potato smiley faces. However, now I think they are vile. My friends at uni sometimes eat them and I really don’t see the appeal. Suspicious looking chicken pieces covered soggy, wrinkly batter. Ew. This baked version is much more appetising and turns a childhood favourite into a sophisticated little morsel of moist chicken breast. Who would have thought that chicken nuggets could be classy?


2 large chicken breasts (with fillets)
2tbsp olive oil
3 slices bread
handful of basil leaves
handful of parsley
4 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1tsp pepper
pinch of salt


– turn on the oven to around 100*c
– place all of the fresh herbs in a small dish and put into the oven for 10 minutes, or until dried
– when out of the oven, use a pestle and mortar to grind up, then set to one side to use later
– place the bread in a blender and blend until you get a fine crumb
– turn off your oven and place the breadcrumbs inside to dry out for a couple of hours
– when dried, grind the breadcrumbs using a pestle and mortar to bread down any larger pieces
– combine with breadcrumbs and herbs in a bowl

(preheat the oven to 180*c and take out 2 baking trays)

– roughly slice the chicken breasts into 1 1/2″ pieces
– place the chicken breast pieces into a large bowl with the olive oil and coat well
– a couple at a time, place the chicken pieces in the bowl of breadcrumbs and coat
– place the chicken pieces on the baking trays and drizzle with a little olive oil
– bake for 10 minutes, the turn over and bake for another 5 minutes

serving suggestions:

– as a snack with a variety of dipping sauces
– use to top a salad
– put in a wrap or flatbread with a dollop of hummus and chunky greek salad, or with lashings of salsa, sour cream and crisp lettuce
– as a main dish with chips or buttery mashed potato and vegetables


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