There’s just something about little pieces of chicken that appeal to kids of all ages. Like wings and tenders, they’re crispy, savory and comforting, and their size makes them a perfect vehicle for hot sauce and dips (OMG the dips!). It’s enough to make us want to order off the kids’ menu well into adulthood. Satisfy your nugget cravings with these 15 homemade recipes and you may never feel the need to hit the drive-thru again.


1. Baked Honey Garlic Chicken: Sweet, garlicky, spicy — what’s not to love here? (via Jo Cooks)


2. Crispy Chicken Nuggets With Pickled Yogurt Dipping Sauce: These nuggets aren’t just grown-up, they’re downright sophisticated. (via A Tasty Love Story)


3. Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets: For those who require a healthy dose of crunch in their nuggets, this one’s for you. (via Give Me Some Oven)


4. Korean Chicken Nuggets: Korean BBQ fans, rejoice! You can now get all that spicy goodness in nugget form. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)


5. Nashville Hot Chicken Nuggets: Nashville-style chicken gets the nugget treatment, complete with the traditional slice of white bread and pile o’ pickles. (via Creole Contessa)

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

6. Chicken Parmesan Nuggets: Mozz sticks meet chicken nuggets. Appetizer worlds collide. Just be sure to add marinara. (via No Recipes)


7. Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets With Orange Sauce: If sweet-and-sour chicken is your jam, you’re in luck. This sauce has actual jam (well, marmalade) in it. (via The Urban Baker)


8. Crunchy Baked Coconut Chicken Nuggets: Give your grown-up nuggets a little taste of the tropics, and a spicy Greek-yogurt-based sauce to dunk them in. (via The Well Floured Kitchen)


9. Doritos Chicken Nuggets: Because if there’s a new reason to use Doritos, we’re all for it. Especially if there’s chicken nuggets involved. (via The Black Peppercorn)


10. Chick-Fil-A Copycat Nuggets: Marinate the chicken in pickle juice (yes, pickle juice) to recreate Chick-Fil-A’s insanely addictive recipe. (via Table for Two)


11. Vegan Buffalo Bites + Bleu Cheese Dressing: Cauliflower FTW! Everyone’s favorite crucifer subs in for chicken in these meatless nuggets. (via 86 Lemons)


12. Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets With Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce: If you usually satisfy your nugget craving at the golden arches, this homemade baked version is good enough to rival McDonald’s (and it’s healthier). (via The Food That Makes Me)


13. Chipotle Popcorn Chicken: Set aside a less-spicy batch of these addictive, chipotle-tinged bites for the kids. (via Jo Cooks)


14. Baked Chicken Nuggets With Dilly Ranch Dip: Pickle juice makes another cameo in this better-for-you recipe served with fresh, herby dill dip. (via A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)


15. Zucchini Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Nuggets: Zucchini makes it healthy, right? We’re going with “yes!” (via Half Baked Harvest)

Which recipes are you dying to try? Any amazing ones we missed? Let’s talk all things chicken nugget below!