7 Healthy, Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipes

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Your New Family Favorite

It's inevitable that chicken nuggets make a nightly appearance on kitchen tables across the country because, well, who doesn't love chicken nuggets? They're kid-approved, making the perfect leftover-turned-lunch addition. And now, thanks to these recipes that are both easy to whip up and super healthy, chicken nuggets are also parent-approved. (We won't tell if you want to pack some in your lunch, too.)

Fed and Fit

Grilled Chicken Nuggets

Forget the fryer (and the added saturated fat and calories)-take your nuggets to the grill! Thanks to their batter-free state, these chicken nuggets are paleo-friendly, but you don't need to eat like a caveman to enjoy the babies. The recipe uses one of our fave healthy BBQ sauces (courtesy of our friends at Tessemae's), but you can totally slather them in your sauce of choice.

Get the recipe: Grilled BBQ Chicken Nuggets

No Spoon Necessary

McDonaldu2019s Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Don't be fooled-these nuggets only look like the drive-through variety. They're made with all white-meat chicken (no pink slime here!) and simple seasonings. Pair 'em with with ranch, bleu cheese, more hot sauce-it really doesn't matter.

Get the recipe: McDonald's Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Chef Savvy

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Add a little Italian flair to your nugget game with these parmesan and garlic-flavored chicken bites that are baked instead of fried (but still crispy!) so they're both healthy and delicious.

Get the recipe: Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Nuggets

The Well Floured Kitchen

Coconut Chicken Nuggets

Coconut has a ton of healthy benefits, but you won't even care once you taste these nuggets-they're just plain good. And whatever you do, don't forget to make the spicy, creamy dipping sauce. Your kids might just give up plain ketchup for good!

Get the recipe: Crunchy Baked Coconut Chicken Nuggets with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Le Creme De La Crumb

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Packed with protein and vitamins, and the perfect sub in your favorite rice dish, quinoa is literally everywhere these days-including your chicken nuggets. These quinoa-breaded bites are loaded with fiber that'll fill your kids up and keep them moving.

Get the recipe: Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Host The Toast

Chicken Waffle Nuggets

With this recipe, the classic Southern pairing of chicken and waffles gets a new look and a convenient, poppable packaging. These nuggets are coated in a waffle batter and served with a honey mustard dipping sauce for kid-friendly deliciousness.

Get the recipe: Maple Waffle Chicken Nuggets

Food Fanatic

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Feeding folks on a special diet can be difficult, especially when they're used to eating great food. But these nuggets definitely make it possible. They're coated in gluten free flour and are perfect for the wheat-free in your family. By the way, they also happen to taste just like those delicious nuggets from Chick-Fil-A!

Get the recipe: Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

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