Create Chicken Strip/Nugget Coating With Cake Mix

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By 98.5 KTK

Looking to spice up your homemade chicken strips or nuggets?  Skip the flour and reach for a box of cake mix! Yellow or white cake mix adds a sweet touch to the base before the chicken is dunked in the eggs and panko. Along with everything you’d expect from chicken nuggets, like tender, juicy meat, crispy breading, and a savory, satisfying flavor, you also get a subtle, sweet twist from the cake mix. It’s definitely not overpowering and in fact, you might even miss it at first. But as you eat on, you become more aware of its playful presence.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Nuggets


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into even bite-sized pieces
  • 1 box yellow or white cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Prepare the ingredients for breading in three separate wide, shallow bowls, and arrange in an assembly line. Place 1 cup of the cake mix in the first bowl; the eggs in the second bowl; and the panko, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper in the third bowl.
  • read the chicken pieces one at a time. Dredge in the cake mix, tossing to fully coat each piece and then shaking off any excess; dip in the beaten eggs; and finally toss in the panko mixture, fully coating each piece. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet, then repeat with the remainder of the pieces.
  • Bake until the chicken nuggets are golden-brown and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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