Mexican Chicken Nuggets

  • 10MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 231KCAL

Spicy chicken nuggets coated in a panko breadcrumb. Served with a delicious feta cheese, chilli, yogurt and coriander dip.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories231
  • Carbs18g
  • Protein30g
  • Fat3.4g
  • Saturates1.2g
  • Sugars2.9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These delicious Mexican Chicken Nuggets are a slightly more ‘grown up’ version of the classic family favourite. A crispy coating, juicy chicken and rich Mexican flavours combine for the ultimate chicken nugget without compromising on calories and points!

We’ve used panko breadcrumbs in this Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe, which are slightly larger than typical flour breadcrumbs, so a little goes a long way. We’ve also added half a red chilli to this recipe but if you like a bit more heat, feel free to add more.

This recipe includes a really easy feta, chilli and coriander dip, but you can substitute this for ketchup or low fat mayo. Why not try a few combinations and let us know your favourite? 

What diets are these Mexican Chicken Nuggets suitable for?

This Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredient for gluten free versions;

  • Panko breadcrumbs

You could also make this recipe dairy free if you were to skip the feta dip or substitute for a dairy free alternative. For example, try our Pizza Dip which is dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Mexican Chicken Nuggets recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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

You’ll need panko breadcrumbs which you should be able to find in the baking section of most supermarkets.

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You’ll also need a couple of mixing bowls for the breadcrumb stage of this recipe. Collapsible bowls in different sizes are easy to store.

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How many calories are in these Mexican Chicken Nuggets?

There are 231 calories per portion in these Mexican Chicken Nuggets, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

These Mexican Chicken Nuggets are 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

Preheat oven to 190c.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl add garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, 1/2 of the lime juice and mayonnaise and mix well.

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Step 3

Add chicken pieces and coat thoroughly. In a separate bowl, add the breadcrumbs, lime zest, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

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Step 4

Spray a baking tray with low calorie cooking spray then dip chicken into breadcrumbs one at a time and transfer to tray.

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Step 5

Spray the top of the chicken with low calorie cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, turning halfway.

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Step 6

To make the dip, mix the feta, coriander, chilli, the remainder of the lime juice and yogurt in a small bowl.

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Step 7

Serve the cooked chicken with lime wedges and dip.

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What could I serve with these Mexican Chicken Nuggets?

These nuggets would work great as part of a buffet table with a variety of dips, or with one of our delicious fries or rice recipes:

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How do you know when Mexican Chicken Nuggets are cooked?

You should cook these Mexican Chicken Nuggets until they are golden brown and crispy. This should take 10-15 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 Mexican Chicken Nuggets in the fridge? 

Allow any leftovers to cool and make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Mexican Chicken Nuggets in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Mexican 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 Mexican Chicken Nuggets?

From chilled: Reheat in the oven at 190°c for 10-15 minutes, until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge, and reheat from chilled as above.

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Mexican Chicken Nuggets

Spicy chicken nuggets coated in a Panko breadcrumb. Served with a feta cheese, chilli, Greek yogurt and coriander dip.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 231
  • Carbs 18G
  • WW Points:
  • 8 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 6 Purple

Ingredients

  • 3 skinless chicken breasts 140g each, cut in 3-4cm pieces
  • 72 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 300 g reduced fat feta cheese
  • 3 tbsp fat free yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lighter than light mayonnaise
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ fresh red chilli finely chopped
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lime cut into wedges (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°c.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, 1/2 of the lime juice and mayonnaise and mix well.
  3. Add chicken pieces and coat thoroughly. In a separate bowl add the breadcrumb, lime zest, black pepper and a pinch of salt.
  4. Spray a baking tray with low calorie cooking spray then dip chicken into breadcrumbs one at a time and transfer to tray.
  5. Spray the top of the chicken with low calorie cooking spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, turning halfway.
  6. To make the dip, mix the feta, coriander, chilli, the remainder of the lime juice and yoghurt in a small bowl.
  7. Serve the cooked chicken with lime wedges and the sauce.

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AnnieTuesday 20th October 2020

Absolutely tasty. Done these with the dirty fries. Winner for the family 😊

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    HollyTuesday 20th October 2020

    Hey Annie, so glad you enjoyed the Mexican Chicken Nuggets!

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Ashley DuncanTuesday 8th September 2020

Can you do these in the acti fry? If so how long for and temp please

Thank you x

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    HollyTuesday 8th September 2020

    Hi Ashley, yes they can be cooked in an actifry. You may need to refer to your manufactures instructions as makes and models differ but cook in batches and they should take about 15 minutes.The nuggets should be golden and thoroughly cooked through, test that the chicken is cooked by cutting a piece in half and there should be no pinkness. Hope that helps!

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HollieSaturday 20th June 2020

How much garlic powder do you need to use in the Mexican chicken nuggets recipe please? I can’t see it on the ingredients list.

Thanks!

P.s love your recipes!

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    Holly LevellSaturday 20th June 2020

    Hi Hollie, for the Mexican Chicken Nuggets it is 2tsp of garlic powder and is added in step 2 of the method. Hope that helps!

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