Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Tasty baked chicken nuggets with a crispy quinoa coating – so easy and healthy! 

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Quinoa is all the rage. How do you feel about it? I tend to gravitate away from “trendy” things but I’m on board with this one. I love it because it’s so versatile. I’ve used it in salads, in place of rice with Asian-style dishes, in 30-minute skillets and now as a chicken nugget coating.

So. Good.

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

These chicken nuggets are really good, they’re a bit unconventional so I wasn’t sure how my husband would feel but he actually loved them as much as I did.  They’re baked after being coated with cooked quinoa instead of breadcrumbs which gives them a healthy protein-packed makeover. They’re so yummy I’m not sure I ever want to have the traditional breadcrumb chicken nuggets again!

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

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Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
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Tasty baked chicken nuggets with a crispy quinoa coating - so easy and healthy!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs + 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a baking sheet. In a small bowl whisk flour, salt, and pepper. In a second bowl whisk eggs and water. Place quinoa in a third bowl.
  2. Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, then eggs, and lastly in the quinoa being sure to coat well. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Spray chicken nuggets generously with cooking spray (this helps the nuggets to get crispy but can be skipped if you prefer) and bake for 15-20 minutes until nuggets are cooked through and browned. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces such as bbq sauce, ketchup, sweet and sour sauce, etc.


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These are such a fantastic idea – so delicious!

    in place of Quinoa please what are the other alternatives thanks

      You could make a breading with panko bread crumbs.

These look so good! I love that you coated them in quinoa, it’s such a delicious and healthy twist.

I need to try this one… yesterday!

Yum. I’m going to have to try these.

Great way to get even more protein. I absolutely love quinoa and using it as a coating would be delicious. Esp. since it has a bit of chew to it anyways. Great recipe!

This is such a delicious idea.. never tried a quinoa coated nugget before! They are surprisingly healthy too.. definitely a recipe I need tom make!

What a creative way to make chicken nuggets! Love the addition of quinoa!

I feel like so many of your recipes make me yell “WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!” (inside, of course. I don’t want the neighbors to think I’m nuts). These look healthy AND so deliciously crispy. I must make them ASAP.

I was so excited to try these! They tasted great but unfortunately I couldn’t get the quinoa coating to stick…. i might not have used enough egg or something? Or coated them too heavily? Anyway, yours looked loads better, but the taste was still there, even if I had to eat them with a fork!

This looks amazing! I am always looking for new ways to use quinoa.

    They are soooo good and EASY! Definitely a fun way to mix up your quinoa routine. 🙂

Where vl get this Quinoa?? ?

Thanks for the recipe. I love gluten free foods. Check out these pancakes. http://alkalinehealth.net/gluten-free-recipe-raisin-nut-pancakes-tastes-great/

These are delicious! Crunchy exterior, flaky interior – the best way to have a chicken nugget. One suggestion: cover your cookie sheet with foil and then spray it. Took me a little while to scrub off the baked-on quinoa.

Could you use this with veggies too?

    I’m sure you could! Veggies might not require as much cooking time, just keep an eye on them!

Would this still work if I took out the flour?

    The flour is kind of important for the coating and the texture on the nuggets… you could try it though, it could still taste really good but the texture will be different! Also you might have a hard time getting the egg mixture to stick to the nuggets.

Can the chicken nuggets be frozen without baking if you want to make ahead?

    Yep, you can freeze them in an airtight container, then place on a greased baking sheet at cook as directed – they may require a little extra baking time if you don’t thaw them first!

Love this recipe! My almost 2 year old will eat this and it’s a favorite of my husband’s as well…go figure. I am beyond excited to add this to my rotation of meals to keep my family healthy and full! Thank you!

    yay!!!! Ah, you gotta love a recipe that pleases the kiddos AND impresses the husband – WINNER!!!

Can you make this without the flour so that they’re gluten free?

    Hi Cary, I think you could definitely do that. They won’t have quite the same texture but they would probably still be delicious!

do you cook the quinoa before adding them to the chicken or do you add them dry?

    They are cooked first 🙂

Could you make these into bigger patties for chicken sandwiches? Or use this “breaking” with ground chicken?

    You could use this method to make chicken patties – that would be yummy!

I was searching for healthy, kid-friendly chicken recipes for something to make for my kids and me tonight, on Pinterest, and this popped up in the feed. This looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it!


Could you use quinoa flakes?

Hi! Thank you for such a wholesome wonderful recipe! Would I have to pat-dry the quinoa first after boiling? Or even oven them so it works like the concept of breadcrumbs?

Yummy scrummy simple foods to make and cook also with good budget. We love the coconut chicken, soooooo tasty, we all have a sweet tooth and this is always one of those dishes where my kids say, any more

Which type of flour do you use? Would coconut flour, or whole wheat flour work?