Copycat Burger King Chicken Nuggets

It’s not that I was searching for a recipe for copycat Burger King chicken nuggets. I was looking for any great recipe for chicken nuggets. It didn’t have to be a BK knock-off (though that it is a plus). The nuggets just needed to be tender, juicy and flavorful. And not soggy. Oh, please, no soggy nuggets! Well, I got everything I wanted in these nuggets. I loved them. They’re my go-to nuggets from now on, that’s for sure!

Copycat Burger King Chicken Nuggets

I made these copycat Burger King chicken nuggets as part of a test. I wanted to see if it was possible to make great, tender chicken nuggets at home, freeze them and then reheat them later. They had to still be tasty and moist when I re-heated them. They had to be better than the frozen nuggets I can buy at the store. And they were. These nuggets passed every test I had. I can now keep a big bag of pre-cooked (in my Fry Daddy fryer) homemade nuggets in my freezer, ready for lunch in just minutes. I just pop them into a preheated air fryer or oven for 10 minutes and boom! It’s time to eat!

Substitute Italian bread crumbs for a little different flavor.

Copycat Burger King Chicken Nuggets
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5 from 1 vote

Copycat Burger King Chicken Nuggets

Reheat the nuggets in an air fryer or oven.
Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken nuggets
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1030kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add in the chicken pieces and stir to coat well. I prefer to use my hands for this, ensuring that each and every piece is coated evenly in the mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.
  • In another medium bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a few inches of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven. While the oil is heating you can prepare the nuggets for frying.
  • Working in batches, remove the chicken pieces from the flour mixture and shake off an excess.
  • Transfer the chicken to the bowl containing the egg mixture. Turn the pieces to coat well.
  • Shake off any excess and transfer the chicken pieces to the bowl containing the breadcrumbs.
  • Turn the pieces to coat well. Get all sides.
  • Fry chicken pieces 2-3 minutes per side, turning once. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack-lined baking sheet to drain.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

These nuggets can be frozen and reheated at a later time. I put the frozen nuggets into an air fryer at 365 F for 10 minutes to reheat them.

Nutrition

Calories: 1030kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 338mg | Sodium: 3475mg | Potassium: 1312mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 10mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat KFC Chicken Nuggets

I admit, I’ve never had the chicken nuggets from Kentucky Fried Chicken. I’ve always been more of a give-me-a-bucket-of-crispy-fried-chicken kind of guy. I have been missing out all of these years if this copycat KFC chicken nuggets is even remotely the same as the original. I mean seriously, they’re great. Which begs the question: how many nuggets could you order in the drive-thru before they started to look at you in a strange way?

Copycat KFC Chicken Nuggets

I guess if you were making copycat KFC chicken nuggets for kids you might leave out the cayenne. I could barely detect it. It was there, enough to add flavor and maybe a hint of spiciness, but certainly not enough to burn or make my eyes water. Heck, for my tastes I’ll probably add more next time!

Also try my KFC bean salad.

Copycat KFC Chicken Nuggets
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Copycat KFC Chicken Nuggets

These nuggets are seriously great. Which begs the question: how many nuggets could you order in the drive-thru before they started to look at you in a strange way?
Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken nuggets, copycat, KFC
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 321kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oil to 350 F.
  • In a small bowl or pie plate, whisk together the flours, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and baking powder.
  • In another small bowl or pie plate, whisk together the egg, milk and hot sauce.
  • Working in batches, dip the chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture, and back into the egg mixture and again the flour mixture. Double dipping will get you that fantastic crunchy coating.
  • Fry for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack-lined baking sheet to drain and cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1319mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.