BBQ Chicken Nuggets

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 287KCAL

These fuss free crispy chicken nuggets are flavoured with smoky BBQ sauce for a delicious, slimming friendly family dinner.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories287
  • Carbs23g
  • Protein40g
  • Fat2.8g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • Sugars9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Just when you thought that the humble chicken nugget couldn’t get any better, we’re introducing BBQ Chicken Nuggets! 

With a smoky sauce and a crispy breadcrumb, they’re a delicious alternative to standard nuggets. They’re really easy to make and take just 30 minutes to cook. If you have an airfryer, you can cook them in half the time – you can find details here.

We’ve marinated the chicken for as little as 30 minutes, but if you’d prefer a stronger flavour you can leave them for longer to let the flavours infuse. For the ultimate fast food, you can even freeze and reheat on busy days!

Serve with crispy homemade oven chips for family friendly dinner that will soon become a weeknight staple.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make BBQ Chicken Nuggets?

Nope! All of the ingredients you need to make BBQ Chicken Nuggets is easily found in the supermarket, and the spices in this recipe can be found in the seasoning aisle.

How many calories are in these BBQ Chicken Nuggets?

There are 287 calories per portion in this BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This BBQ Chicken Nuggets recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

In a small bowl combine the BBQ sauce, BBQ seasoning, ketchup, honey, chipotle paste and garlic granules and stir together.

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Step 2

Add the chicken to a separate bowl and pour over the sauce mixture. Stir the chicken until fully coated, cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Step 3

Place the bread into a food processor and blitz into fine breadcrumbs. Pour out onto a plate.

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Step 4

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line an oven tray with greaseproof paper.

Step 5

Remove the chicken from the fridge and dip each chicken piece into the breadcrumbs completely coating on all sides then place onto the baking tray.

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Step 6

Repeat with the rest of the chicken, spray lightly with low calorie cooking spray and place into the preheated oven.

Step 7

Cook for 15 minutes, turn the nuggets over and cook for a further 15 minutes until the nuggets are crispy and golden. To test that the chicken is cooked, cut a piece in half and the juices should run clear and there should be no pink remaining.

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Step 8

Serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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What could I serve with these BBQ Chicken Nuggets?

Serve with your favourite sides or a fresh, crisp salad to keep it light. For inspiration, try some of our tasty suggestions:

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How do you know when these BBQ Chicken Nuggets are cooked?

You should cook these BBQ Chicken Nuggets until there is no pink remaining and the nuggets are crispy and golden. This will take around 30 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep BBQ Chicken Nuggets in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of BBQ Chicken Nuggets in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so and reheat from chilled. 

Can I freeze BBQ Chicken Nuggets?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat BBQ Chicken Nuggets?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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BBQ Chicken Nuggets

These fuss free crispy chicken nuggets are flavoured with smoky BBQ sauce for a delicious, slimming friendly family dinner.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 287
  • Carbs 23G
  • WW Points:
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 4 slices wholemeal bread
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp BBQ seasoning
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the BBQ sauce, BBQ seasoning, ketchup, honey, chipotle paste and garlic granules and stir together.
  2. Add the chicken to a separate bowl and pour over the sauce mixture. Stir the chicken until fully coated, cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the bread into a food processor and blitz into fine breadcrumbs. Pour out onto a plate.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC and line an oven tray with greaseproof paper.
  5. Remove the chicken from the fridge and dip each chicken piece into the breadcrumbs completely coating on all sides then place onto the baking tray.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the chicken, spray lightly with low-calorie cooking spray and place into the preheated oven.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes, turn the nuggets over and cook for a further 15 minutes until the nuggets are crispy and golden. To test that the chicken is cooked, cut a piece in half and the juices should run clear and there should be no pink remaining.
  8. Serve with your choice of accompaniment.

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Recipe notes

Tip: 30 minutes is fine for the marinade but if you'd like a stronger flavour leave them for longer.
Tip: You may need 2 baking trays as the nuggets need a little room around them, so they don't stick together.

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