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How to Make Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken and Quinoa

This tutorial for How to Make Chicken Nuggets with Ground Chicken is a great way to make guilt-free homemade food your children will love. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy chicken nuggets
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 257kcal
Author Dina from simplyhomecooked.com


  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1 small carrot diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 clove garlic minced or zested
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs beaten together
  • Panko bread crumbs


  • Dice the onion, carrot, and celery into fine pieces.
  • Heat about 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium and sauté the diced vegetables until the onion becomes translucent. Set aside and let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Rinse the quinoa really well, then cook according to the package instructions and set aside until cooled.
  • In a food processor, blend the the sautéed vegetables until they turn into a paste.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, cooked quinoa, garlic, processed vegetables, parmesan, mozzarella, salt, and black pepper.
  • Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the ground chicken mixture and form it into a round nugget.
  • Dredge each nugget into the flour, then dip into the beaten eggs.
  • Coat both sides with panko bread crumbs and set aside on a baking sheet.
  • Heat 2 inches of olive oil in a cast iron or heavy bottomed pan and cook each nugget for about 3-4 minutes on each side.


Note: After you coat the nuggets in panko, you can keep them frozen in an airtight container for later if you want to prepare in large batches and cook only when needed.


Serving: 5nuggets | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1.6mg