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Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Turn this childhood staple into a healthy option your family will love.  Make them in the Air Fryer or stovetop for a quick and fun weeknight go-to.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 Pounds Ground chicken breast
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Tbsp Bragg's Nutritional Yeast


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Pour the ground chicken into large, clean bowl.

  3. Mix in one egg, nutritional yeast, and seasonings until well blended.

  4. Lay parchment paper on the bottom of the air fryer’s fryer basket, spray with a light coat of olive oil.

  5. Using a cookie scoop (or round spoon) place a level scoop of the ground chicken mixture onto the parchment paper.

  6. Repeat this process as many times as space will allow, leaving ½ inch in between chicken scoops for cooking.

  7. Turn the air fryer on. Select the “chicken” setting (if your fryer allows it) and allow to cook for 6 minutes.

  8. At 6 minutes, turn the nuggets over to allow a crisp layer to form around the entire nugget.  * Note: If you don’t have a chicken setting, continue to cook at 370 degrees fahrenheit until cooked through (10-15 minutes, flipping once).

  9. Pull the nuggets out at a total time of 12 minutes.

  10. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

Stove Top Method

  1. Pre-heat a medium or large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Spray lightly with olive or avocado oil to lightly coat the pan

  3. Pour the ground chicken into a large, clean bowl.

  4. Mix in one egg, nutritional yeast and seasonings until well blended.

  5. Using a cookie scooper (like this ONE) scoop the mixture into rounded ball shapes and add to the hot pan.

  6. Allow the underside to cook from roughly 1 minute to 90 seconds. It should start firming up and losing the pink color.

  7. Using a spatula, turn each nugget over and then press the ground mixture into the pan (raw side down) into nugget shapes.

  8. Allow each nugget to cook for 2-3 minutes. Then turn them back over to cook for an additional minute on the initial side.

  9. Be sure that each nugget is cooked thoroughly throughout. There should be no pink, and if you were to use a thermometer, it should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  10. Remove nuggets from the pan and serve with your favorite dipping sauces.