Homemade Ground Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Ground Chicken Nuggets
These homemade chicken nuggets (I also call them mini patties) are one of the easiest things to do with ground chicken. Have you ever tried making chicken burger from chicken breast? You simply need to grind chicken in food processor to get a tender base. Adding onion, garlic and paprika adds depth to the flavor of the nuggets. This chicken nugget recipe with ground chicken can be used in a variety of ways, whether it's in mini burgers, as a protein-packed addition to salads or along with a side dish of mashed potatoes for a comforting and delicious dinner (my kids absolutely love the last option :))


  • 3 chicken breasts (medium, skinless, boneless)
  • 1 cup cauliflower (riced, I used frozen)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion (medium)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (finely grated)
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (for coating)
Prep time:
13 minutes
Cook time:
17 minutes
Total time:
30 minutes
Yield: 23 nuggets | Prep time: 13 minutes | Cook time: 17 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
2. If using frozen cauliflower rice, thaw it first and use paper towels to remove excess liquid.
3. Place chicken breasts, cauliflower, onion, egg, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until the meat is thoroughly minced.

4. On a separate plate, combine coating ingredients: Parmesan, tapioca starch and paprika.
5. Form nuggets: drop ground chicken clumps into the coating mixture, then form oval shapes. You can make them as little or as large as you wish.

6. Transfer nuggets to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 min, flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes, until cooked through.

Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Organic Chicken Breasts

Organic Chicken Breasts
Frozen Riced Cauliflower

Frozen Riced Cauliflower


Garlic Powder

Garlic Powder
Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika
Parsley Flakes

Parsley Flakes
Grated Parmesan

Grated Parmesan
Tapioca Starch

Tapioca Starch

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These ground chicken nuggets were amazing! They're so much healthier than the deep-fried versions, and they're packed with flavor. My kids loved them.

Thank you! So glad to hear your kids enjoyed these healthy chicken nuggets! - Alena

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