Masarap Pinoy Chicken Nuggets Recipe (Easy & Delicious!)

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Chicken nuggets are a beloved snack enjoyed by people of all ages. They’re crispy, flavorful, and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces. But who says you need to buy store-bought nuggets? Making your own Pinoy-style chicken nuggets at home is surprisingly easy and way more delicious!

This recipe uses readily available ingredients and simple techniques to create juicy chicken nuggets with a satisfyingly crispy Pinoy-style breading. They’re perfect for a quick snack, after-school treat, or even as part of a main dish.

Making McDonalds Style Chicken Nuggets at home - Panlasang Pinoy
Making McDonalds Style Chicken Nuggets at home – Panlasang Pinoy


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 inch)

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed crackers (graham crackers or your favorite brand)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Chicken: In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Let the chicken marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes for extra flavor.

    2. Prepare the Breading Station: Set up three shallow dishes in a row. In the first dish, whisk together the all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt and pepper. In the second dish, beat the eggs. In the third dish, combine the breadcrumbs, crushed crackers, cornstarch, paprika, onion powder, and black pepper.

    3. Bread the Chicken: Dredge each piece of marinated chicken in the flour, then dip it in the beaten eggs, and finally coat it generously in the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated for maximum crispiness.

    4. Fry the Nuggets: Heat enough vegetable oil in a large frying pan or pot over medium heat (around 350°F). Carefully place the breaded chicken nuggets into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Avoid overcrowding the pan, fry the nuggets in batches if necessary.

    5. Drain and Serve: Once golden brown, remove the nuggets from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve immediately while hot with your favorite dipping sauces, like ketchup, honey mustard, or sweet and sour sauce.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, about 4-5 nuggets)

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 20g

  • Please note: This is just an approximate nutritional value. The actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the cooking method.


    These Pinoy Chicken Nuggets are a fun and flavorful twist on the classic snack. They’re easy to make, perfect for dipping, and sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. So ditch the store-bought nuggets and give this homemade recipe a try!


    1. Can I use different types of meat for this recipe?

    Absolutely! You can substitute the chicken breast with ground pork, turkey, or even fish for a different flavor variation. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time depending on the chosen meat.

    2. How can I make these nuggets healthier?

    For a healthier option, you can bake the nuggets instead of frying them. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake the breaded nuggets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown and cooked through.

    3. What dipping sauces go well with these nuggets?

    These nuggets pair well with a variety of dipping sauces. Ketchup, honey mustard, sweet and sour sauce, barbecue sauce, or even a simple soy sauce and vinegar mixture are all great options.

    4. Can I freeze these chicken nuggets?