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Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

These baked buffalo chicken nuggets have all the bells and whistles of the traditional fried version—crispy breading, spicy sauce, and cool, creamy blue cheese dressing—for a fraction of the calories and fat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
cool5 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked buffalo chicken nuggets, baked chicken nugget recipe, buffalo chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 418kcal


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 ½-inch chunks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk or water
  • cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • ⅓-½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup light blue cheese dressing for serving (I like Ken’s)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small shallow bowl, whisk the eggs and milk (just enough to break up the eggs and incorporate the milk). Place the flour in a second shallow bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl, and the hot sauce in a fourth shallow bowl. Set the first three bowls in a row: the flour, the beaten eggs, and the breadcrumbs. Set the hot sauce aside for after baking.
  • Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dredge the piece first in the flour, turning to coat and shaking off the excess (you only need a light dusting), then dunk into the beaten eggs, and finally into the breadcrumbs, pressing and turning to help the breadcrumbs stick to all sides of the chicken. Place it on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  • Spray the breaded chicken nuggets well with cooking spray (this will help them brown and crisp). Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the nuggets are golden brown, crispy, and firm to the touch. Let them cool for 5 minutes.
  • Using a spoon or tongs, toss each nugget into the bowl of hot sauce and set the nugget on a plate. Repeat with all of the nuggets. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks, if desired.


1 serving (5-6 nuggets with 2 tablespoons of dressing): 6 WW Freestyle points
1 serving WITHOUT dressing: 3 WW Freestyle points
338 calories, 16g carbs, 11g fat, 44g protein, 1000mg sodium, 1g fiber, 1g sugar


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 1370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g