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Healthy Chicken Nuggets with 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
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 257kcal
Author Dina


  • 1/2 small onion diced finely
  • 1 small carrot diced finely
  • 1 stalk celery diced finely
  • 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 pressed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs wisked 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 sautéed vegetables until they turn into a paste.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, cooked quinoa, garlic, pureed 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 whisked 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.


Two Freezing methods
  • Before frying: Once the chicken nuggets are dredged in the panko breadcrumbs, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Then transfer into a gallon-sized zip-lock bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months.
  • After frying: Once they are fried, let them cool completely. Then transfer to a gallon-sized zip-lock bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months.


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