Honey Garlic Chicken Nuggets

Honey garlic chicken nuggets are the grown-up dinner for the inner child in all of us. Crispy oven baked nuggets served with a sweet and tangy sauce!

We rarely eat meat on our homestead, but when we do, we do it RIGHT!  These baked honey garlic chicken breast nuggets are full of tender white meat chicken served with a bold tangy sauce made from raw honey.  A truly family-friendly meal both kids and adults will devour.

These Honey Garlic Chicken Nuggets Are:

  • Crispy
  • Sweet
  • Tangy
  • Crunchy
  • Tender
  • Satisying
  • Baked in the oven, not fried!
  • Made with a sauce from raw honey
This recipe was my hubby’s idea (thanks Brett!) and was unbelievaly, mouth-wateringly good. We served these with Crispy Oven Baked Fries and my dad’s homemade coleslaw recipe for a fantastic and filling meal. The chicken was super tender, perfect dipped in the sauce, and made completely on one sheet pan.  We made about 2lbs of chicken, and while there were leftovers… there weren’t many.  We took these babies down.

What’s In These Honey Garlic Chicken Nuggets?

  • Chicken: I used chicken breasts, cut into cube ‘nuggets.’ You can use a different cut of chicken meat if you prefer, or a different protein all together.  I can’t wait to replicate this recipe using tofu!
  • Breading: the chicken breading is made from flour, paprika, garlic and onion powder, cayenne, and Italian seasoning.  The breading gives the chicken that golden brown crunchy crust in the oven.
  • Eggs: to hold the breading to the chicken.
  • Raw Honey: for the sauce!  As beekeepers, we have a ton of raw honey, so I only use raw for my recipes. I find it has a better flavor… and I like that it is unprocessed from the hive.
  • Raw garlic: also for the sauce, you can mince or use a garlic press.
  • Worcestershire sauce: gives the sauce a bright and tangy flavor, without all the sodium of using a soy sauce.
My recipe for Raw Honey Garlic Sauce is what we used for this recipe, and was absolutely perfect on this crunchy, crispy white meat chicken.  The sauce would be great on any protein, baked veggies, or rice.  Made with 3 simple ingredients: raw honey, raw garlic, and Worcestershire sauce!

AreThere Meatless Options for Chicken?

Don’t eat chicken?  No worries!  There are so many amazing vegan chicken options out there – if you are plant-based and don’t eat meat, you can substitute any of those.  You can also use tofu, tempeh, seitan, or  soy curls.  The plant-based possibilities are endless!

How Do I Make These Honey Garlic Chicken Nuggets?

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a large sheet pan (or two smaller sheet pans) with parchment paper, and add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil to each pan, tilt pan to coat the parchment paper evenly with the oil.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  3. In another medium bowl, crack the eggs and scramble well to combine.
  4. To bread the chicken, dip in the flour mixture, then egg, then flour again.  Place the dredged nuggets on the sheet pan in an even layer.  Repeat for all pieces of chicken.
  5. Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5.  Chicken should be cooked through and golden brown on the outside.
  6. Pour honey garlic sauce over chicken, or sip each nugget into the sauce before eating.  Enjoy!

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Honey Garlic Chicken Nuggets

Honey garlic chicken nuggets are the grown-up dinner for the inner child in all of us. Crispy oven baked nuggets served with a sweet and tangy sauce!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 16 ounce chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes *
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil or other high heat oil
  • 1/2 cup Raw Honey Garlic Sauce recipe below

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a large sheet pan (or two smaller sheet pans) with parchment paper, and add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil to each pan, tilt pan to coat the parchment paper evenly with the oil.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • In another medium bowl, crack the eggs and scramble well to combine.
  • To bread the chicken, dip in the flour mixture, then egg, then flour again.  Place the dredged nuggets on the sheet pan in an even layer.  Repeat for all pieces of chicken.
  • Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5.  Chicken should be cooked through and golden brown on the outside.
  • Pour honey garlic sauce over chicken, or sip each nugget into the sauce before eating.  Enjoy!

Notes

*There are so many amazing vegan chicken options out there - if you are plant-based and don't eat meat, you can substitute any of those.  You can also use tofu, tempeh, seitan, or  soy curls too.  The plant-based possibilities are endless!
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