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Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Recipe!

Ditching fast food but still craving your favorites? This Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Recipe tastes JUST. LIKE. the real thing (except it’s made with healthier ingredients!).

What to Serve With Your Copycat Nuggets

This Copycat McDonald’s Nuggets Recipe can be customized into a healthier dish or a homemade fast-food-style meal.

For a healthier meal, serve with:

  • Salad
  • Grilled veggies
  • Baked sweet potato fries
  • Organic honey mustard dip

For a fast-food-style meal, serve with:

  • Salty fries
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Chips
  • Onion rings

These nuggets are also AMAZING when dipped in honey (don’t knock it ’til you try it)!

Copycat McDonald’s Nuggets Recipe

Scroll to the bottom for the printable version of this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 diced chicken fillets (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup corn starch (divided)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Peanut oil or frying oil

This Copycat McDonald’s Nugget Recipe yields 2 servings, so double the recipe to feed a family of 4 (or according to your family or guest size).

Copycat McDonald’s Nuggets Instructions

Before you get started on your nuggets, you’ll first need to gather your equipment. For this recipe, gather:

  • Food processor (like this one)
  • Shallow bowl or dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large pot (for frying)

1.) Process Chicken & Form Nuggets

Place the diced chicken, salt, and 1 egg in your food processor and pulse until it looks like a thick paste.

Then, put the corn starch in a shallow bowl or dish. Wet your hands with water, grab some of the chicken, and mold into a nugget. Coat the nugget in the corn starch and place it on the parchment paper baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken has been made into nuggets.

2.) Bread the Nuggets & Freeze

Whisk together the remaining egg, water, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, mustard, and flour in a large bowl. Dip each nugget in the batter and place it back on the baking sheet. Repeat until all of the nuggets have been dipped in the breading batter.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour to harden.

3.) Fry Nuggets

In a large pot, heat your frying oil to 350 degrees. Deep fry the nuggets for 5 minutes, remove and drain on a paper towel, and then deep fry the same nuggets for another 5 minutes. This will prevent the breading from burning as the inside cooks.

Drain on paper towels and serve.


And there you have it! The closest you’re gonna get to McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets at home!

Check out some of MomDot’s other copycat chicken favorites before you go:

Leave a rating or comment to let us know how you liked the recipe! Thanks, and ENJOY!

Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets

Why eat out when you can have McDonald's at home? This Copycat McDonald's Nuggets Recipe tastes JUST. LIKE. the real thing (but with healthier ingredients!).

  • Food processor
  • Shallow bowl or dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large pot (for frying)
  • 3 Diced chicken fillets ((boneless, skinless))
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Corn starch ((divided))
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow mustard
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • Peanut oil or frying oil

Process Chicken & Form Nuggets

  1. Put chicken, salt, and 1 egg in processor. Process until it forms into a thick paste.

  2. Put corn starch in shallow dish. Wet your hands, take a handful of chicken, and form into a nugget. Coat nugget in corn starch and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken is made into nuggets.

Bread Nuggets & Freeze

  1. Whisk together remaining egg, water, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, mustard, and flour in large bowl. Dip each nugget in batter and return to baking sheet. Repeat until all nuggets have been breaded.

  2. Put sheet in freezer for 1 hour to allow nuggets to harden.

Fry Nuggets

  1. In a large pot, heat frying oil to 350 degrees.

  2. Deep fry nuggets for 5 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels, then deep fry nuggets again for 5 minutes. (Prevents burning while inside cooks).

  3. Drain on paper towels and serve.

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