Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

by Howard Land

Do you want to enjoy the heat of delicious buffalo chicken and want a delicious and super quick side for dinner?

Buffalo chicken nuggets are right up your alley then! Forget about frozen nuggets and read this article to learn how to make your own buffalo chicken nuggets from scratch!

Best Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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How to make buffalo chicken nuggets

Making buffalo chicken nuggets is super easy!

First, start by cutting two large chicken breasts into nugget sized pieces.

So, just do some strips first and ten it so you have a bunch of bite-size pieces. Once you have all the chicken pieces cut up, set that aside for a bit and start putting together your breading.

Starting with one cup of dried breadcrumbs, add three tablespoons of Italian seasoning, half a teaspoon of salt, stir it together, then add in half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

You’ll notice that the cheese gives an amazing flavor to the breading, which is going to up your nuggets a notch.

To add a little bit of heat to your chicken, use half a cup of Buffalo hot sauce.

Pour that into a bowl with half a cup of melted butter and whisk it together until it’s all homogeneous. 

All of this is going to add an amazing flavor to the chicken, the parmesan is going to give it that tiny bit of bitterness and sourness that we love, and the hot sauce is just going to spice it up a bit.

Next, lightly grease a baking sheet and use a fork or your hands to dip a piece of chicken into the hot sauce and butter mixture, then place it into the breadcrumbs.

Roll around your chicken in the breadcrumbs and get it all nice and coated.

Do the same with the remaining pieces of chicken and bake them in a 400-degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken has become nice and golden and has reached an inside temperature of 165 degrees.

After 25 minutes, put it under the oven broiler for a few minutes to crisp up that bread coating.

Keep on reading for more information on how to perfect this recipe.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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Can I use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can definitely replace breadcrumbs with almond flour.

The coarse texture and nutty flavor of almond flour makes it the perfect substitute for breadcrumbs. To prepare, mix it up with spices that fit the flavor of your dish.

Then, heat this mixture up in a pan with some olive oil until the crumbs are as crispy as desired.

Tips for breading your gluten-free chicken nuggets

Gluten-free gets a bad rap, but gluten free chicken nuggets can actually be amazingly good if you know how to make them. 

When breading your chicken nuggets, the trick is do not think of them as gluten-free, but as simple, deliciously-bad-for-you chicken nuggets. Using finely ground almond flour is the way to go.

Simply put your almond flour in a food processor or a coffee grinder and work it through. Why super fine almond flour, you ask? 

Because it will help coat the chicken easier and offer even more flavor. Who said gluten-free was born?

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Can you make buffalo chicken wings with frozen chicken?

The answer to this is yes and no. We all know that before baking frozen chicken, you have to let it thaw. Of course, frying is not an option. 

Frying frozen chicken wings can go wrong pretty quickly unless you have industrial cooking equipment with the proper fire control system. And not all of us are professional chefs, so that’s not an option. So, always make sure to use an oven for frozen wings.

So yes, you can cook wings that are frozen properly, but does it offer better results than thawing them?

First of all, thawing will allow spices and seasoning to work much better, because they will be able to sink into the chicken. 

But, if you can’t wait for your chicken to thaw, here’s what you do: Preheat your oven, space your wings evenly on a baking sheet, then when you’re halfway through the cooking process, pull the chicken out and cover it with the spices or sauce of your choosing, And put them back in the oven. 

Continue baking until the juices run clear and the chicken is fully cooked on the inside.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

How do you make buffalo sauce?

So, you want to make Buffalo sauce from scratch? 

No need to worry about it, this delicious spicy sauce is pretty easy to whisk at home.

Simply put 1 1/2 cup of Frank’s red-hot sauce, 1 cup of unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon of paprika, and salt to taste to a saucepan.

Allow the butter to melt over medium heat. When the sauce starts to simmer, remove the pan from the stovetop and allow it to cool. All of this will take less than 15 minutes.

Can other sauces be used?

What a question! After all, there are no rules when it comes to chicken nuggets. So yes, of course other sauces can be used. 

you can swap out the Buffalo sauce for any other wing sauce that you prefer such as sweet and sour or honey barbecue. 

These nuggets are simply a base recipe and work perfectly with any sauce.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

These juicy chicken nuggets are the perfect dinner or midnight snack. All they take to put together are some spicy Buffalo sauce and a lot of chicken. Keep on reading to learn how to whip these meaty golden nuggets for when you want to indulge.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Nuggets
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 253 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Trim your chicken breasts of any fat and cut them into 1-inch, nugget sized pieces.

  3. Mix together bread crumbs (or almond flour), parmesan cheese, salt, an Italian seasoning in a small bowl.

  4. In another bowl, pour in the Buffalo hot sauce and melted butter and whisk them energetically to combine.

  5. Dip your chicken pieces into the hot sauce and butter combination and then roll them around in the breadcrumb or almond flour mixture until they are well coated.

  6. Place your chicken nuggets onto a greased baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes until they are browned and cooked through.

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