Copycat McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Recipe

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Copycat McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Recipe

Mcdonald’s can serve as an easy treat for the kids. Even as adults, we all have days where we want to indulge. However, we all know that fast food isn’t the healthiest of choices. This shouldn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a homemade version. This copycat chicken McNuggets recipe gives you an easy cheat day snack that tastes just like the original.

Homemade food will always be better for you as you can control what goes into your food. Watching what you eat and your caloric intake also becomes much more achievable. With this McNuggets recipe, you won’t have to feel too guilty for going back for seconds!

Serve these nuggets with a side of fries (why not make your own with our Beer Cheese Fries recipe here!) and with your favorite dipping sauce.

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How To Make Copycat McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

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Chicken nuggets are a kid's favorite meal. Learn how to make a homemade version of the popular McDonald's Chicken McNuggets.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 17 mins
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  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp MSG
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 10 oz chicken breast fillets, boneless, skin off, diced

To Serve:

  • 3 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup

For Garnish:

  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the frying oil to 375 degrees F.

  2. Combine the flour, black pepper, MSG, onion powder and garlic powder in a zip lock bag. Shake until well incorporated.

  3. Place the chicken in the zip lock bag and shake to coat them with the flour mixture.

  4. Remove and dip the pieces in the egg mixture.

  5. Put the pieces in the bag again and shake to add another coat of the flour mixture.

  6. Deep-fry at 375 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned and crispy.

  7. Remove from oil and drain well before serving.

  8. Serve with barbecue sauce and ketchup, then garnish with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

After draining the nuggets, place them on some kitchen towels to absorb any excess oil.

Putting the chicken pieces in a zip lock bag and shaking to coat them in the flour mixture allows you to evenly coat each piece and it's a lot more efficient. Individually coating each piece might result in an uneven or lumpy coat which will affect the taste and appearance of your nuggets

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

If you want to keep the same familiar flavors while creating a vegetarian dish, you can opt to use firm tofu. Press to remove access moisture before tearing to create your nuggets.

Can I bake my Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets?

If you want to bake these nuggets, pre-heat your oven to 400°F and bake them on a lightly greased cookie pan for about 20 minutes. Baked nuggets won’t taste as crispy so if you still want that signature crispiness from McNuggets, replace the last flour coat with a coat of breadcrumbs.

How can I make these nuggets spicy?

If you’re a fan of spice, add some paprika or chili powder into your dredge mixture. This will give your chicken nuggets a nice, spicy flavor. One that you probably couldn’t achieve if you didn’t make them yourself at home!




Keeping your kids both happy and healthy when it comes to their diet can be a bit of a chore. This recipe aims to make your life a little easier. This recipe will satisfy any fast food cravings while giving you better control of the ingredients added.

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