These buffalo chicken nuggets are chicken breast pieces lightly battered and fried to crispy perfection, then coated in a homemade buffalo sauce. An easy and delicious snack or meal!

I can never resist homemade chicken nuggets, and they’re even better done up buffalo style with a spicy sauce and side of ranch dip. I often serve these nuggets for dinner with a side of baked potato wedges and roasted broccoli.

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Buffalo chicken nuggets with ranch dressing and celery sticks.

I’m a sucker for anything that involves buffalo sauce. So, when it came to making these buffalo chicken nuggets, I was pretty excited to share them with the family. We love traditional baked buffalo wings but these boneless nuggets are just a lot easier to eat. Looking for more ways to enjoy buffalo chicken? Don’t miss my super easy crock pot buffalo chicken recipe!


These spicy chicken nuggets are an easy recipe you’ll definitely want to add to the dinner rotation or even as an appetizer option. Chicken breast pieces get soaked in buttermilk, then coated in eggs and flour and fried to crispy perfection. The nuggets are tossed in an easy-to-make buffalo sauce, then you’re ready to eat!

Chicken breast pieces soaking in buttermilk.

How do you bake chicken nuggets?

These spicy chicken nuggets can be baked or fried. If you choose to bake the chicken nuggets, substitute breadcrumbs for the flour and bake at 425 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

Chicken breast pieces coated in eggs and seasoned flour.

I recommend using Frank’s red hot sauce for an authentic buffalo wing flavor. Other brands just can’t compare Serve your buffalo chicken nuggets with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Fried chicken nuggets.


The chicken cannot be frozen for this recipe. The chicken must first be thawed in order for everything to stick and cook evenly. It is best if the chicken isn’t thawed in the microwave as well since it can partially cook the chicken and ruin the flavor.

How do you make buffalo sauce?

Buffalo sauce is a mixture of hot sauce, melted butter and honey. The honey and butter help to counteract the heat of the hot sauce and balance out the flavors.


Yes, it’s perfectly fine to swap out the buffalo sauce in favor of another wing sauce. These chicken nuggets work great as a base recipe. I’ve used them for a sweet and sour chicken dish before and it was a huge hit!

A buffalo chicken nugget dipped into ranch dressing.

Finding a dinner that’s easily customizable to suit everyone, including my picky eaters is no small feat. These buffalo chicken nuggets went over so well in my house, I’ll be making them again and again. I have no doubt your family will love them just as much as mine did.


5 from 16 votes

Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

AuthorSara Welch
Buffalo chicken nuggets with ranch dressing and celery sticks.
These buffalo chicken nuggets are chicken breast pieces lightly battered and fried to crispy perfection, then coated in a homemade buffalo sauce. An easy and delicious snack or meal!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce such as Frank's Red Hot
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ranch dressing and celery sticks for serving
  • oil for frying


  • Pour the buttermilk into a medium sized bowl. Add the chicken pieces and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Place the eggs in a small bowl. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and baking powder.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the flour mixture.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, then back into the flour mixture. Place the coated chicken pieces on a plate.  Repeat the process with all of the chicken pieces.
  • Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a deep pan to 350 degrees F.
  • Place 4-5 nuggets in the pan. Cook for 4-6 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Place the fried chicken on paper towels, then repeat the cooking process with the rest of the chicken.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hot sauce, butter and honey.
  • Pour the buffalo sauce over the cooked nuggets and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately with ranch dressing and celery sticks on the side. 


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 24.2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    My kids are going to go nuts overthese. An mom will love them too. Can’t wait to make them this weekend and surprise everyone!

  2. 5 stars
    This looks like a great appetizer for game day. Thank you for mentioning that it’s best NOT to thaw in the microwave. It’s always best to follow food safety guidelines when thawing foods.

  3. I have never tried making chicken nuggets but thank you for sharing this recipe. I will definitely try it because my kids love c-nuggets for school lunches.

  4. My husband would love these! I don’t eat chicken, but I know he’d really like this recipe. Sounds easy enough to make and good for our busy weeknights.

  5. I love chicken nuggets and I haven’t made it by myself yet. I guess this is the perfect timing to try making one. Wish me luck! I hope I can make it successfully.

  6. 5 stars
    I haven’t even eaten breakfast, yet this recipe is something I’d totally dig my teeth into: right now. Everything about it looks absolutely delicious!

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks soooo tasty. I love buffalo wings and buffalo fingers. These buffalo nuggets sound easy to make and full of flavor.

  8. 5 stars
    These nuggets sound so good I could almst taste them. I love food with a little bite and kick so using Frank’s is a great idea. I know people will love this asa great meal with dinner or at a game.

  9. 5 stars
    What a great idea! We love to eat buffalo chicken nuggets when we are dining out and would like to make them at home! Looks like a yummy recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    Oh those nuggets look so good. I think I would like them without the red sauce. Kind of like the idea of the white sauce. Either way. Looks so good. Great football food.

  11. 5 stars
    I love spicy foods, so I’ll be all about these! My son likes spicy foods too, so this will be our thing. I’ll have to make them for us soon.

  12. 5 stars
    Super yum! I appreciate the right amount of heat that buffalo sauce brings. Now that football Sundays are back, these are a must make.

  13. 5 stars
    I’m also a sucker for anything with buffalo sauce and I almost licked my screen. I love that these are baked, not fried and they look amazing .