Spicy Chicken Nuggets

plate of spicy chicken nuggets and a dish of spicy mayo dipping sauce.

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Spicy chicken nuggets are a cayenne pepper spiced nugget perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce! Crunchy, spicy, and a little sweet from the brown sugar in the egg wash, this is an easy snack or dinner!


1lb of chicken breast, diced into 1-inch pieces (about one large chicken breast or two smaller chicken breasts)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 egg + 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and top with a cooling or baking rack. Spray the rack with cooking spray so the chicken won’t stick to it.

2. In a bowl combine the Panko, garlic & onion powders, cayenne pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, and salt & pepper. Stir to combine. In another bowl pour the flour, and lastly in another bowl whisk the egg with the milk and the brown sugar to make a sweet egg wash.

3. To bread the chicken nuggets, coat each chicken piece in the flour, then the egg wash, then lastly the spicy bread crumbs. Place on top of the rack on your baking sheet and spray with the cooking spray. Bake for 15-17 minutes until internal temperature of chicken is 165 degrees. For my oven, 15 minutes was good.

4. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with salt and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the spiciest, I’d rate this about a 3. You can definitely make this hotter if that’s what you like, but I find I like enough heat to tell it’s spicy without burning my mouth off!

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