Homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets: Copycat Recipe

Have you ever found yourself craving those deliciously crispy and juicy McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets, but don’t feel like leaving the house? Well, I’ve got some great news for you! With this copycat recipe, I’ll show you how to make your very own Homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets right in the comfort of your own kitchen. And let me tell you, they taste just as good (if not better) than the real thing!

McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets

Homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets in a classic cardboard container.
Savor the nostalgia with these homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets, cozily tucked in a classic cardboard container. It’s fast-food delight reimagined in your own kitchen!

McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets are a classic fast-food restaurant item that has been enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. These bite-sized chicken pieces of chicken are coated in a crispy batter and deep-fried to perfection.

Close-up of a juicy homemade McDonald's chicken nugget.
A tantalizing close-up of a single, juicy homemade McDonald’s chicken nugget. The perfect balance between its crispy exterior and tender, succulent interior. A bite-sized delight!

They’re perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce and make for a satisfying snack or meal. But did you know that you can easily make this happy meal deliciousness at home using simple ingredients and equipment? In this homemade chicken nugget recipe, I’ll show you how to do just that!

Essential Ingredients for the Perfect Copycat Chicken Nuggets

Alright, apron aces! Here’s a little breakdown of our all-star ingredients for making those delightful homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets. Pay attention, because we’re cooking up something fantastic!

Fresh ingredients for homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
Gathered here are the fresh, high-quality ingredients ready to be transformed into your very own McDonald’s chicken nuggets. Let’s get cooking and create some magic!
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast: The real MVP! Fresh chicken is a must for top-notch nuggs.
  • Salt: Salt Bae, is that you? A pinch brings out the chicken’s inner superstar.
  • Black pepper: A hint of spice, because we’re feeling a little daring.
  • Large eggs: Our binding agents reporting for duty!
  • Corn starch: The secret weapon for that scrumptious crispy armor.
  • All-purpose flour: The trusty sidekick for our crunchy coating.
  • Onion powder: Nugget flavor boost? Onion powder, enter the chat for some great taste.
Close-up of spices for homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
A tantalizing close-up of the aromatic spices that give your homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets their irresistible, savory flavor. It’s time to spice things up in the kitchen!
  • Garlic powder: We’re all about that garlicky goodness. Vampires, beware!
  • Dry mustard powder: The sneaky tang that keeps ’em guessing.
  • Water: H2O, because even nuggets need to stay hydrated.
  • Vegetable oil, for frying: Choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point for that perfect sizzle.

So, there you have it! Our dream team for creating those irresistible homemade nuggets. Ready to get cooking? Let’s do this!

Equipment Needed for Homemade Nuggets

Fear not, my fellow nugget enthusiasts! Here’s a list of equipment you’ll need to make your very own McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. No worries if you’re missing something – just get creative or phone a friend!

Preparation setup for making homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
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The Nugget-Making Arsenal:

  • Food processor or blender: Turning chicken into nugget gold!
  • Mixing bowl: The meeting place for all our flavorful friends.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: Because precision is our middle name.
  • Parchment paper: A non-stick superhero for our nugget-shaping needs.
  • Baking sheet: The pre-frying chill zone for our nugget pals.
  • Pot or deep fryer: The golden ticket to crispy nirvana.
  • Paper towels: To drain the excess oil.

Step-by-step Instructions to Create McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and channel your inner nugget chef! Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of crafting those mouthwatering homemade McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Get ready for some nugget magic!

Thick, seasoned batter mixture for homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
Dive into this luscious, seasoned batter, crafted to give your homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets that perfect crispy coating. Batter up for some nugget-making fun!
  1. Cut the chicken: Cut the chicken meat into small pieces. That is the best way to make sure they grind well.
  2. Grind the chicken: In a food processor, give the chicken a whirl until it’s smooth and ready for nugget stardom.
  3. Add egg and season: Toss in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then blend for a well-mixed concoction.
  4. Shape the nuggets: With wet hands, grab some ground chicken mixture and craft your nuggets. No need for perfection, they’ll still taste amazing!
  5. Freeze: Pop the nuggets on a baking sheet and let them chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. This step is crucial for keeping their shape!
  6. Prepare the batter: Combine cornstarch, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard powder, remaining salt and pepper, eggs, and water in a mixing bowl. The flavorful fusion begins!
  7. Heat oil: Warm up your vegetable or canola oil to 375°F (190°C) in a pot or deep fryer. A thermometer will ensure the right temperature.
  8. Coat and fry: Dip the frozen nuggets in the batter, coat them well, then gently place them in the hot oil. Fry until they reach a beautiful golden brown! If you want to be exact, make sure the inside of the nuggets reaches at least 165 °F.
  9. Serve: Scoop out the nuggets with a slotted spoon. Place them onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil, and serve them piping hot alongside your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy your homemade nugget feast!

You’re now equipped and ready to make your very own McDonald’s nuggets. Happy frying! 

Homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets frying to a golden brown.
Watch the magic happen as these homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets sizzle and turn into a mouthwatering golden brown, just moments away from achieving that irresistible crunch we all love.

Tasty Variations and Alterations

Who doesn’t love to mix things up a bit? Here are some fun variations you can try with this recipe:

  • Spice it up: Add some cayenne pepper or chili powder to the batter for a spicy kick.
  • Go gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour and cornstarch to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Try different shapes: Get creative with your nugget shapes – try making stars, hearts, or even letters!
  • Air fry: If you have an air fryer, try cooking the nuggets in it for a healthier option.
  • Bake: You can also bake the nuggets in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Pan fry: If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can pan fry the nuggets in a deep skillet with a few inches of oil.
Crispy, golden homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets on a white plate.
Behold the ultimate comfort food: a plate full of irresistible, crispy, golden homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets, ready to be devoured. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Expert Tips and Tricks for Delicious Chicken Nuggets

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to make this recipe even better:

  • Use fresh chicken: Fresh chicken breast fillets will give you the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t skip the freezing step: Freezing the nuggets before frying helps them hold their shape and prevents them from falling apart.
  • Use a thermometer: Make sure to use a thermometer to accurately measure the temperature of the oil. This will ensure that your nuggets cook evenly and don’t burn.
Homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets draining on paper towels.
Fresh out of the fryer, these homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets take a quick rest on paper towels to shed any excess oil, ensuring the perfect level of crunchiness. So close to being served!

Mouthwatering Sides to Serve with Your Homemade Nuggets

McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets are delicious on their own, but they’re even better when paired with the right sides and sauces. Here are some ideas for what to serve with your homemade nuggets:

Sauces

A selection of dipping sauces for homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
Choose your weapon! A colorful array of tempting dipping sauces awaits, ready to enhance the flavor of your crispy, homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets. Let the dipping begin!

No nugget meal is complete without some tasty dipping sauces! I got you covered. Here are my recipes for making your own delicious Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce or Sonic Crave Sauce.

Or try the classics, Classic options include ketchup, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing. The sky’s the limit! 

Fries

Homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets paired with a side dish.
Feast your eyes on this winning combo: golden, crispy homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets perfectly paired with a scrumptious side dish. Satisfaction is just a bite away!

You can’t go wrong with a classic side of fries. Try making your own at home or pick up a bag of frozen fries for a quick and easy option.

Salad

Homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets served with a fresh salad.
Balance is key! Enjoy these crispy, golden homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets paired with a vibrant, refreshing salad for a meal that satisfies both your

Balance out the indulgence of the nuggets with a fresh and healthy salad. Try a simple green salad or get creative with your favorite veggies and toppings.

Veggies

Serve your nuggets with a side of veggies for a well-rounded meal. Try steamed broccoli, roasted carrots, or sautéed green beans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coating homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets in batter for a golden texture.
Master the art of the perfect batter coating to achieve that iconic, golden texture for your homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets.

Here are some frequently asked questions about this recipe:

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes! Chicken thighs will work just as well in this recipe.

Can I make these nuggets gluten-free?

Absolutely! Replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend and ensure the other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Can I use an air fryer for this recipe?

You bet! Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) and cook the nuggets for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they’re golden brown and crispy.

What dipping sauces do you recommend?

Spicy homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets with a dipping sauce.
Turn up the heat with these spicy homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets, accompanied by a fiery dipping sauce that will make your taste buds dance. Spice lovers, rejoice!

The sky’s the limit! Classic options include ketchup, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing. But feel free to get creative and try something new! Try out my recipes for the Popeye’s Sweet Heat Sauce or the Secret Sonic Crave Sauce.

Can I make a vegetarian version of these nuggets?

Definitely! Substitute the chicken with mashed chickpeas, tofu, or a veggie ground product to create a tasty vegetarian nugget.

How can I make these nuggets spicier?

Kick up the heat by adding a bit of cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the batter. You can also serve the nuggets with a spicy dipping sauce for an extra zing.

Is it possible to prepare the nuggets in advance?

Yes! You can shape and freeze the nuggets ahead of time. When you’re ready to cook, just follow the coating and frying steps. Enjoy the convenience of having homemade nuggets on hand!

A cut homemade McDonald's chicken nugget revealing its interior.
The big reveal! A homemade McDonald’s chicken nugget sliced in half, displaying its tender, juicy insides and the perfectly crispy outer layer. A true nugget masterpiece!

Proper Storing and Reheating

Leftover nuggets? No problem! Here’s how to store them:

Refrigerate

Place leftover nuggets in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Reheat

To reheat, place nuggets on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Enjoy Your Homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Experience

As we reach the end of our culinary adventure, I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey into the world of homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets. With your newfound skills and insider tips, you can now confidently whip up a batch of these golden delights whenever the craving strikes.

A family-sharing platter of homemade McDonald's chicken nuggets.
Gather ’round and dig into this scrumptious family-sharing platter of crispy, golden homemade McDonald’s chicken nuggets. There’s plenty of finger-licking goodness to go around!

No longer will you be at the mercy of the drive-thru or dread the long queue, for you’ve unlocked the secret recipe and are now a nugget-making apron ace! So, gather your friends, family, or just yourself (no judgment here) and indulge in the irresistible crunch and mouthwatering taste of these homemade nuggets.

Remember, life is too short to say no to nuggets. So go ahead, savor the flavor, and most importantly, have fun cooking up a storm in your kitchen. After all, you never know when you might need to impress a chicken nugget aficionado. Happy nugget-making, and may the sauce be ever in your favor!

Homemade golden, crispy McDonald's chicken nuggets on a white plate.

Homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets – Copycat Recipe

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Have you ever found yourself craving those deliciously crispy and juicy McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets, but don’t feel like leaving the house? Well, I’ve got some great news for you! With this copycat recipe, you can make your very own Homemade McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets right in the comfort of your own kitchen. And let me tell you, they taste just as good (if not better) than the real thing!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Chicken, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 food processor (or blender)
  • 1 Large mixing bowl
  • 1 measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 Parchment paper
  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 deep fryer (or large skillet or pot)
  • 6 paper towels

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • tsp salt (divided)
  • ½ tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 2 pcs large eggs
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 4-6 cup vegetable oil (for frying, choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the chicken: Cut the chicken meat into small pieces. That is the best way to make sure they grind well.
  • Grind the chicken: In a food processor, give the chicken a whirl until it's smooth and ready for nugget stardom.
  • Add egg and season: Toss in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then blend for a well-mixed concoction.
  • Shape the nuggets: With wet hands, grab some ground chicken mixture and craft your nuggets. No need for perfection, they'll still taste amazing!
  • Freeze: Pop the nuggets on a baking sheet and let them chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. This step is crucial for keeping their shape!
  • Prepare the batter: Combine cornstarch, flour, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard powder, remaining salt and pepper, eggs, and water in a mixing bowl. The flavorful fusion begins!
  • Heat oil: Warm up your vegetable or canola oil to 375 °F in a pot or deep fryer. A thermometer will ensure the right temperature.
  • Coat and fry: Dip the frozen nuggets in the batter, coat them well, then gently place them in the hot oil. Fry until they reach a beautiful golden brown! If you want to be exact, make sure the inside of the nuggets reaches at least 165 °F °F.
  • Serve: Scoop out the nuggets with a slotted spoon. Place them onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil, and serve them piping hot alongside your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy your homemade nugget feast!

Notes

  • Use fresh chicken for the best flavor and texture.
  • Don’t skip the freezing step to help the nuggets hold their shape.
  • Use a thermometer to ensure the right oil temperature.
  • You can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.
  • Make them gluten-free by replacing the flour with a gluten-free blend.
  • Air frying is possible; preheat to 400°F (200°C) and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Vegetarian nuggets can be made with mashed chickpeas, tofu, or veggie ground.
  • Add heat with cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
  • Nuggets can be prepared in advance and frozen.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve your nuggets with a selection of dipping sauces like ketchup, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing, or try making your own Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce or Sonic Crave Sauce. Pair with fries, salad, or a side of veggies for a complete meal.

Storing and Reheating:

  1. Store leftover nuggets in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  2. Reheat by baking at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcal
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