Easy Baked Breaded Chicken or “Chicken Nuggets”

oven baked chicken tenders

Easy Baked Breaded Chicken or “Chicken Nuggets”
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, or bone-in chicken with skin removed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • other seasonings to taste (I’ve used “poultry seasoning” as well as oregano, garlic, chili powder, etc)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pour olive oil in to a baking dish large enough to hold chicken pieces in a single layer.
  3. Mix flour, salt, pepper, paprika and seasonings into a gallon sized plastic bag. Add chicken pieces to bag and shake to coat.
  4. Place coated chicken pieces in pan and bake in oven until cooked through, turning over once halfway through baking time. For bone-in chicken, bake about 60 minutes total (30 minutes each side) and for boneless chicken bake about 30 minutes total (15 minutes each side).
To make healthy “chicken nuggets”, cut boneless chicken thighs or breasts into 1 inch “nugget” sized pieces and coat by shaking into whole wheat flour/seasoning bag as above. Bake in oven for 20 minutes total, turning over after 10 minutes.

You can experiment with different coatings too. For variety try crushed whole grain corn flakes or crispy brown rice cereal with seasonings.