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

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.

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!

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

  • 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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