Baked Buttermilk Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe #Dairymom

April 24, 2013

This recipe was sponsored by Dairy Makes Sense.

Along with making some healthy life-changes for my family – we are slowing replacing some of the ‘bad’ foods that my kids have come to love and enjoy.  The first exchange that I tackled was the Chicken Nugget.

My kids adore chicken nuggets – and being that we live 3 blocks from McDonalds and pass it on the way home every day, they often beg for nuggets.  Not that we stop at McDonalds each time – but when we get home, the request of chicken nuggets doesn’t end.  In the past we have simply thrown some Tyson nuggets in the oven.

I wanted that to change – I know that the store-bought frozen nuggets are still not the healthiest option for my kids.

In my previous experience with Let’s Dish (a meal making service – where I go and prepare freezer meals to bring home for easy preparation) our family has thoroughly enjoyed every breaded chicken that I’ve brought home.  Our favorite was the chicken that was marinated in buttermilk.  Buttermilk just seemed to soften up the chicken, and make it extra juicy and tender.  Not to mention that Buttermilk has added protein, potassium, calcium and phosphorus (source)! So that’s where I started.

Baked Buttermilk parmesean Chicken Nuggets

I created the baked buttermilk parmesan chicken nugget.  My family enjoys these, and requests these more often now, than they ever did before!

Now – I don’t always have the time or patience to make the ingredients for these – so I learned from my freezer cooking experiences, and created extra, storing them in proper serving sizes in my freezer – so they’re ready to go any afternoon!

Easy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

While I do have the actual recipe you can print below – I wanted to show you my process:



Baked Buttermilk Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

First – I cut up my chicken.  I like to use semi-defrosted chicken, because it’s easier to cut!

HomeMade Parmesean Chicken Nuggets 01

Coat chicken with buttermilk

Buttermilk Marinade

I use a bowl with a tight lid, and let my boys shake it up to coat thoroughly.

Shake it Up!

Then – I give the kids their next task: crushing the corn flakes.  I put the corn flakes into a strong (freezer style) Ziploc, and let them jump on it!

Getting Kids Involved in Cooking

Meanwhile, I mix up the rest of the ingredients – so when they’re done having their fun, I can just add the cornflakes to the mix.

Parmesean Breading

Mix it all together – and divide it out. – Dividing the chicken, as well.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Coat the chicken with the breading, and place onto baking sheet.  (This time I was thinking that maybe the chicken would be cooked better on top of the cooling rack, and be crispy on both sides – but it wasn’t. It was slightly soggy on the bottom, so I’d recommend placing directly onto the baking sheet or parchment paper.) Bake for 10-15 minutes – depending on size of nuggets.

Often times I also make these little veggie sticks (carrots and/or zucchini) alongside the chicken nuggets – they’re way better tasting then french fries – and my kids gobble them up.  I’ll show that recipe another day!


The chicken nuggets are amazingly juicy and tender. The kids can’t get enough of them it seems – and I love them on my salads!


I hope you enjoy this recipe – I’ve got a more printer-friendly version below!

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

Baked Buttermilk Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

You’ll Need:

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (2 medium breasts feed the 3 of us for lunch, so I usually start with 6)
1-2 C. Low-Fat Buttermilk

2 C. Corn Flakes
1 C. Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
3/4 C.Shredded Parmesan
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 t. Pepper
1 t. Garlic Powder
1 t. Onion Powder


Trim and cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces (you can also cut into tenders). Put into bowl and cover with buttermilk.  This is best done several hours before hand, but also works to marinade for a short time while preparing the breading and pre-heating the oven.

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.

Crush Corn Flakes. Add all dry ingredients into a bowl, and mix well.

*This would be the time to divide breading and chicken into separate bags if you’re making some for future meals – about 1 1/4 cup for each 2 medium chicken breasts*

Coat chicken nugget pieces with breading, and lay on a baking sheet.

Bake for 10-15minutes, depending on size of nuggets.  My little nuggets take about 10 minutes, strips would take closer to 15 minutes. Be sure chicken is thoroughly cooked before eating.

I would love to hear your great ideas for replacing common kids’ meals with a healthier version!

How does your family incorporate dairy into your healthy lifestyles?

Again, this recipe post was sponsored by the Dairy Makes Sense campaign – showcasing recipes that our family loves that incorporate dairy into our lives. All opinions are 100% my own, and in no way reflected by compensation.


  1. These look sooo good – especially on that salad! Going to pin this for later. Thanks!

  2. I know the kids would LOVE to crush up the corn flakes!

  3. I am so going to have to try this! We love Chicken Nuggets

  4. This sounds so yummy! I want to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  5. jamie braun says:

    ive never made my own breading for chicken nuggets! awesome! look delicious and fun!

  6. We make chicken nuggets at home and LOVE them…but next time I’m totally letting the kids stomp the crackers/flakes on the floor!

  7. Chicken Nuggets are my kids favorite so I am always looking for new ways to make them at home. These look amazing!

  8. Oh my gosh my daughter would think crushing things by jumping on them is awesome. What a fun way to include your son in your cooking.

  9. Christine Halstead says:

    Those look Delicious. We always get buttermilk for a recipe then don’t know what to do with the rest. Now we don’t have to worry about the rest of is going bad, we can make chicken nuggets.

  10. Betty Baez says:

    they look really good! and i like that he was in the process of making them how fun!

  11. These look delicious and so easy to make. Perfect for busy families.

  12. This looks great, thank you!

  13. I have all these ingredients on hand! And I’m sure my son would love to help out too! thanks for the recipe!

  14. courtney b says:

    straight out of a five star restaurant! nice work !:)

  15. Robin Wilson says:

    I also enjoy making chicken nuggets for my family ~ they taste better and are so much better for you. My son loves pizza, so I found that was a good medium to incorporate more veggies into his diet when he was younger. If it is under cheese they seen not to mind as much! I would also puree veggies into sauces and stews and sloppy joes!!

  16. Sarah L says:

    Kids seem to eat better when they can help make the meal. I want to try this with mushrooms in place of the chicken.

  17. Richard Hicks says:

    One of ours demands chicken nuggets no matter what. Have to try these….I am sure he will love them.

  18. shelly peterson says:

    These look really good and are so much healthier. The kids would have fun crushing up the corn flakes.

  19. katie m says:

    This looks like such a fun recipe and an even better idea to freeze them for quick lunches.

  20. James Robert says:

    Just copied this and about to print. Have to do this one for the kids. Much better than the frozen nuggets

  21. I love the idea of different textures with the corn flakes, bread crumbs, and Parmesan. Those would all add great flavor too.

  22. Brenda Haines says:

    Oh I love making my own nuggets! I hate the fast food ones..

  23. I like to make my own chicken nuggets – I don’t have one set recipe, but I haven’t made them like this, and I can’t wait to try it!!! I don’t have any helpers to shake and stomp, so they might not come out as good!

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