homemade chicken nuggets with hidden vegetables {kid friendly & freezer friendly}

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Who doesn’t like a good chicken nugget?

And by good I mean not the cheapo frozen ones.

These homemade chicken nuggets are a finger food for toddlers, children and adults alike. We started making these when our son was just a toddler and they’ve come along for the ride.

To have the convenience of frozen nuggets (but oh, so much healthier) freeze these uncooked. Place them on a tray in a single layer and place in the freezer until frozen. You can then transfer them to a bag or container. Cook frozen (without defrosting) and add an extra 3 – 5 minutes onto the baking time or until cooked through.

The mix makes around 35 nuggets.

Yield: 35

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Enjoy oven-ready chicken nuggets with hidden veggies and without all the nasties by making and freezing your own.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 500g chicken mince
  • 1 zucchini, grated and squeezed to remove excess moisture
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of corn kernels (defrosted), optional
  • 1 egg
  • breadcrumbs to coat


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a baking tray with oil (or spray with oil).
  2. Mix all ingredients except breadcrumbs with your hands until well squooshed together.
  3. Shape teaspoons of mixture into nuggets, roll in breadcrumbs and place on the tray.
  4. Lightly spray or drizzle nuggets with oil and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked through, turning halfway.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

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  1. They sound great and so easy……yeah not necessarily toddler food, how about 30 something single woman food…………….. :)
    If l made 36 and froze them it would last me ages.
    Cheers Melissa!

  2. They don’t last long in our house – they make good meals for us too.

  3. These sound great! Healthy and yummy. I hate the thought of what goes into frozen chicken nuggets – blergh!