Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Dive into the simplicity and savoriness of these Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets, featuring tender chunks of chicken breast seasoned to perfection and baked to a juicy finish. This recipe stands out for its ease and flavor, making it a go-to for a quick and satisfying meal.

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Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Key Ingredients for Delicious Nuggets

  • Chicken Breast: Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into uniform bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Herb and Spice Blend: A blend of Italian herbs, garlic and onion powder, along with a hint of paprika, black pepper, and cayenne, provides a robust seasoning that elevates the chicken.
  • Butter: A few cubes of butter are added before baking, lending moisture and richness to the chicken, ensuring it remains succulent. For an extra flavor kick, consider drizzling the baked nuggets with melted Cowboy Butter.

Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Serving Suggestions for a Complete Meal

Pair these baked chicken nuggets with your favorite vegetables, such as roasted green beans or a crisp salad, and round off the meal with some warm breadsticks. They’re also great atop a bed of fluffy rice or mixed into a fresh salad for a lighter option.

Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Air Fryer Adaptation

For those who love the convenience of air frying, these chicken nuggets can easily be adapted to an air fryer setting. Coat the chicken in the seasoning blend as directed, omitting the butter. Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for about 8-12 minutes, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in the center, reaching an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Storing and Reheating

Store any leftover chicken nuggets in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat in the microwave or oven to maintain their juiciness. For longer storage, freeze the nuggets for up to two months.

Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients for Flavorful Chicken Nuggets

  • 1 pound (453g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Arrange the chicken cubes in a 9×13-inch (23x33cm) baking dish.
  3. Combine the Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle this mixture over the chicken.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the seasoned chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  6. Scatter butter cubes over the chicken, then bake for 10 minutes. Stir the chicken and continue baking for another 8-10 minutes until fully cooked.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve hot.

These Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets are not just an easy dinner solution but also a healthier alternative to traditional fried nuggets, perfect for pleasing both adults and children alike. Enjoy the tender, flavorful bites that promise satisfaction in every nibble!

Simple Savory Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

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