Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

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Tasty baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets with a delicious 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

What people are saying about these Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

“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!” – Athena

“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.” – Janet

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Tasty baked chicken nuggets with a crispy quinoa coating - so easy and healthy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa


  • 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.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture, then eggs, and lastly in the quinoa being sure to coat well. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • 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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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?

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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?

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