There are few foods in the world that are as loved and appreciated as the chicken nugget. I love to make these delicious chicken bites with my oven. The chicken nuggets cook time and temp are key for a good result. One common question that pop up is this. How long to bake chicken nuggets at 425 degrees in the oven? Let’s cover this in this post and tips to perfect the recipe for homemade chicken nuggets baked in oven.
It takes 16 minutes to bake chicken nuggets in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. This gives you tender chicken nuggets that can rival any other fast food opponents. When you bake chicken nuggets at 425 degrees, you should expect a tender nugget with a crispy breadcrumb coating around it. You wouldn’t want to cook too low because the chicken nugget cooking time would increase. Cooking at too high of a temperature is risky because of the potential to make a crunchy dry nugget. When you cook at 425 degrees, you can expect a great chicken nugget in a reasonable amount of time.
Cooking at 425 degrees is already a pretty high temperature. But you can cook another 25 degrees higher at 450 before you run into problems. Cooking at 450 degrees is really hot, so you won’t have to cook the chicken nuggets for as long. But you will end up with a drier and chewier nugget. Most of the moisture will be cooked out at this temperature, so don’t expect a juicy nugget. But it will be really crispy if that’s what you enjoy. On the other hand, you can cook at 375 degrees and still get a great nugget. The only downside to cooking at this temperature is that the time it takes to cook will increase. This kind of defeats the concept of a quick and easy meal, but the chicken nuggets will be juicier.
The best cooking temperature to cook nuggets at is 425 degrees F for 16 minutes. Unlike most dishes, chicken nuggets don’t need to be cooked for very long. They are the kind of meal you make when you want a quick snack. Or it’s been a long day and you just want to make something easy for dinner. Cooking at 425 degrees makes chicken nuggets quickly and the quality of the nugget won’t be compromised. They may not be the juiciest nugget but the texture and flavor will definitely be something to boast about. Plus, the added eggs and oil will help the chicken to retain some moisture, so you won’t have to worry about the chicken nuggets becoming dry.
There are many recipes for oven baked chicken nuggets. However, I just like to stick to this one easy chicken nugget recipe. Before you start, go to the store and buy chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, seasonings, olive oil, and eggs. And here’s how to cook chicken nuggets in the oven.
Cut the chicken breast into bite size pieces, about 1 1/2 inches. Dry the chicken bites off with a paper towel.
Add oil to the pieces of chicken. Mix 1 cup of breadcrumbs, some seasonings, and 1 egg into a separate bowl. Coat each piece of chicken in the breadcrumb mixture.
Take out a baking tray and lay down foil or parchment paper to prevent sticking. Lay the chicken nuggets spaced evenly on the tray.
Set the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the nuggets for 8 minutes. Flip them and bake for another 8 minutes to ensure even cooking. Take them out and enjoy!
If you have been in the freezer aisle of any store, I’m sure you have seen bags of frozen chicken nuggets readily available. Although you are trying to make your own nuggets, that doesn’t mean you can’t freeze them for easier access. We all have those days where we just don’t want to get anything done, that includes cooking. Typically, a day like this would end with you in line at the nearest fast food place, but not today! If you want to make this process speedier, prepare bigger batches of chicken nuggets and freeze any extras you won’t be eating. But try and eat them before a month and half though to avoid freezer burnt nuggets.
As someone who has eaten chicken nuggets without a side dish, I know how tasty they are by themselves. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get better. Make it a finger food night by adding some fries to go alongside your nuggets. Sometimes keeping it simple is exactly what you need to really make dinner night special. You can also add a little bit of grated parmesan to the breadcrumb mixture to make your chicken nuggets a bit fancier if you enjoy cheese.
Overall, chicken nuggets are a great dish to be able to make on your own. With so many places selling them, it feels extra special to be able to make them yourself. This is also a great meal to consider if you are just starting your cooking adventures. So, grab your ingredients, get to work, and have fun chef!