Crispy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Perfectly spiced crispy buffalo chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and so tender & flavorful on the inside.

We are fans of buffalo chicken flavoring and use it often. Crispy buffalo chicken nuggets are right at home with our 30 minute buffalo chicken meatballsInstant pot buffalo chicken sliders , and Buffalo chicken dip.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets on a plate with carrots and celery

yes, i love chicken nuggets!!

I think it’s safe to say that 5 of the 7 meals we eat for dinner each week include chicken. It’s easy, our kids love it and it is so incredibly versatile!

We love making tacos, sliders, pitas, stroganoff, and soup, but most of all, we LOVE making chicken nuggets!

Yes… I’m an adult and I still eat chicken nuggets. I’m not ashamed to admit it. We’ve made all kinds of chicken nuggets over the years. My kids are particularly fond of honey BBQ and garlic parmesan, however, these crispy buffalo chicken nuggets have been a recent favorite.

They are insanely flavorful without being spicy. I think when people read ‘buffalo’ they assume it’s going to be HOT, but there are actually different types of Frank’s RedHot sauce. We use the original, not the hot buffalo.

Crispy Buffalo Nuggets being dipped in ranch

Making crispy buffalo chicken nuggets

MARINATE. In a medium bowl combine the chicken and buffalo sauce. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

PREP. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

DREDGE. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and parsley. In a second shallow dish whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. In a third shallow dish add the crushed corn flakes. Piece by piece, dip the chicken into the flour, then the egg mixture, and roll (gently pressing) in the cornflakes. Place nuggets on a lined baking sheet. Lightly spray with oil.

BAKE + SERVE. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite dressing and veggie sticks.

Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce to use in buffalo chicken nuggets recipe

Frying Tips

Easily make these in the air fryer:

Preheat it to 425 degrees, spray the pan and lay the breaded chicken nuggets inside. Cook for 10 minutes before flipping and cooking for another 5-10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Fry nugget in oil:

We prefer to use the oven because it provides a healthier option for the chicken nuggets. I have never personally tried frying them in a pan of oil but that should totally work! Make sure to keep the chicken nuggets moving through the oil so that they cook evenly.

When frying foods in the oven or on the stovetop, choose oil with a high smoke point (or burning point). Options include:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Peanut Oil

My personal favorite is avocado oil. I can find it in a spray which is great for spritzing on things like nuggets, vegetables etc. I also love that it doesn’t contain any funky chemicals or propellants. Just make sure to carefully read the labels when choosing your oil! You’d be surprised by what they sneak into those sprays.

Coating chicken in buffalo sauce

Variations

Here are a few ideas on how to change them up…

  • Use panko breadcrumbs instead of cornflakes
  • Add cayenne pepper to the breading mixture
  • Use Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead. This may lengthen your cook and yield not so crispy nuggets but you will get a great flavor out of it!
Three dishes filled with ingredients to bread the chicken nuggets

Ideas for Serving Your Nuggets

We like to serve these buffalo chicken nuggets with a side of carrot and celery sticks, and of course some delicious dipping sauce!

Great dipping sauces:

  • Honey Mustard
  • Ranch
  • Blue cheese sauce

Or, get extra fancy and chop them up and make use them in quesadillas or tacos. We may or may not have done that. And they may or may not have been the some of the best things we ate that week. Seriously!!

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets Perfectly spiced crispy buffalo chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and so tender & flavorful on the inside.

Storing INfo

STORE these stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Consider layering the buffalo chicken nuggets between pieces of parchment paper. 

REHEAT them in the microwave, but to keep them crispy I recommend reheating them in the oven/air fryer. Reheat until warmed through and you can hear them sizzle!

To FREEZE, prepare your buffalo chicken nuggets like normal, flash freeze them until they are solidified, and then place in a freezer safe bag or container. Bake from frozen adding a couple of extra minutes to the bake time.

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets on a plate

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Buffalo Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Perfectly spiced crispy buffalo chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and so tender & flavorful on the inside.
4.84 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 48 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 892kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. – 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders - cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ¾ c. Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce - original NOT hot, unless you want it spicy
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 3 c. corn flakes cereal - crushed into coarse crumbs
  • Oil for spraying - avocado, sunflower, safflower etc.

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine the chicken and buffalo sauce. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
  • In a shallow dish whisk together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • In a second shallow dish whisk together the eggs and buttermilk.
  • In a third shallow dish add the crushed corn flakes.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Piece by piece, dip the chicken into the flour, then the egg mixture, and roll (gently pressing) in the cornflakes. Place nuggets on a lined baking sheet. Lightly spray with oil.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite dressing and veggie sticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 892kcal | Carbohydrates: 196g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1575mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3611IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 55mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Just the perfect amount of heat. I love how crispy these nuggets are too! They did not last long!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this super delicious and really easy to make crispy buffalo chicken nuggets! Will make it again for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    Seriously these are perfection. Crispy on the outside and tender on this inside. The flavor is the right amount of heat too!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! These look so delicious and definitely going to be a hit here! My daughter is going to absolutely love this recipe. Excited to give these a try!