Copy-Cat McNuggets



Sometimes it is the theme that pulls you to participate in challenges. When the email for the Fantastical Food Fight appeared in my inbox, I was actually not planning to participate. But I casually browsed through the mail and noted the theme was “Fast Food Copy Cat”, as tomorrow is National Fast Food Day in the US – wondering what doesn’t have its own day now! πŸ˜‰Β I was really not keen at first, then my kids came to my mind. All they want is the McDonald’s kids meal and for its McNuggets. I don’t need to tell you how much I hate it when we are out, I ask the kids what do you need and they reply, “Ummi, McDonalds!” πŸ˜• Instantly, my head told me that I must search for a recipe for making McNuggets at home! I landed up on this link, saved it up and tried it last week.



It was so easy to put together but I am skeptical at the same time whether the girls would like it. From start to finish, it hardly took me 30 minutes. As it came out of the oven, it did feel like shapeless McNuggets but I loved how the surface looked like. Since I am on a self-imposed “careful eating” phase, I took one and had a bite. I totally loved it! It tasted so much better than what we get in the box, but I wanted the girls to give their verdict.


Bite after bite, the nuggets kept disappearing from the tray. I asked Rasha, “Does it taste like McNuggets?” Rasha answered, munching on one, “Much better. McNuggets is so dry, this is very juicy!” Success! This is definitely going to repeat in my house for the many years to come, InShaAllah! The only little drawback I felt in the recipe was the coating quantity given, it was not enough when I started exhausting the chicken pieces so I have put in the recipe the quantity I will use for the next time, so that the pieces are very generously coated. If you have kids like me who are crazy for McNuggets, then try this! As fast as it gets done, it will disappear from your baking tray even faster! πŸ˜‰




Not happy with the pictures… the sun was almost going off when I was done with the baking, the kids were ready to attack and my hands were shaky… but I guess you still get an idea how it looks! πŸ˜‰



Copy-Cat McNuggets

Course Sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 500 gm chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A pinch sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Wash the breast well, Wipe dry. Cut them into bite size pieces and set aside.
  • Whisk together the egg, water and sugar in a deep bowl, set aside.
  • In a wide plate, mix the flour, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
  • Dip each chicken peice in the egg mixture, coat well with the flour, dip back into the egg and finally coat in the floor. Keep on another plate. Repeat the process till all the chicken is done.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil for deep frying. Drop in the chicken and fry till golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain onto a kitchen towel and line it up on a baking tray.
  • While the final batch is frying, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Once all the chicken is kept on the tray, bake in the oven for 7 minutes.
  • Take out and serve warm with french fries, ketchup and bun.







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  1. They look fingerlickingly delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. I know this would be a big hit with my granddaughter. I made tempura nuggets for dinner last night and she was thrilled.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Kids would definitely fall for this! Thank you so much Wendy…

  3. These sound amazing- no wonder you were shaking- with kids hangry and waiting to eat, sometimes you just have to deliver!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Barrie…

  4. I can’t wait to try these for my grandkids! Don’t worry about your photo. They look great!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Karen…

  5. I agree with Karen – pics look great! It always drives me crazy when the sun starts going down and I still need to take pics! I definitely want to try these. My oldest loves chicken McNuggets and I’m not one to want to go to McDonald’s. I’d much rather make a copycat – because copycats don’t make my stomach hurt!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      It’s a constant struggle between the kids and I regarding going to McD… hehe… Thank you so much Sarah…

  6. Homemade is always the best specially when it comes to fast food that our children loves to eat.Sounds so easy.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana…

  7. This looks amazing..loved it from the time i saw the pic on Insta..loved the clicks too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  8. mcnuggets! I never ordered that! I just recently started liking their beakfast burger! F is a junk food lover and would order all the new stuffs and I cant remember eating nuggets from there… but whatever, this one looks delicious…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Nuggets is mainly in the kids meal and they have a value meal for it too here… Thanks a lot dear…

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