Baked Cheesy Chicken Nuggets (No Bread Coating)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe is for the ever-popular chicken nugget. It uses polenta and finely grated parmesan cheese as the crumb mixture. Should serve 6 children or 4 adults. These are great nuggets and they are gluten free! Feel free to add some spices or seasonings of your choice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Flatten the chicken slightly until it is the desired thickness of your nuggets--you can use a meat mallet or your rolling pin.
  3. Cut the chicken into nugget sized chunks.
  4. Combine the polenta and the parmesan in a bowl.
  5. Dip the chicken pieces into the polenta mixture and ensure they are thoroughly coated.
  6. Place the nuggets onto a paper lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked and golden.
Most Helpful

I thought this was a very great base recipe. I used marinatedchicken breasts and cut them across the grain into 2 inch strips.

I seasoned the cornmeal and parmesan with salt, cracked black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and mixed with a fork. I then tossed the chicken strips individually into the mixture and lay them out on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Cooked 14 minutes total, flipped them halfway through. I really enjoyed this. I liked that I can essentially make chicken strips at home and control the ingredients. For the kid in me, I served with 2 tb ketchup mixed with 1 tsp apricot jam and 1/4 tsp vinegar. Thanks for sharing!

PKG February 25, 2013

We didn't LOVE these. They were OK, very bland as written. Needs some garlic & paprika for starters. I don't think we'll making these again.

Larawithoutau October 25, 2011

Easy and delicious! We dipped them in egg to ensure the coating stuck. I don't see any reason to buy chicken nuggets when these are so easy. Thanks!

sbera007 May 17, 2010