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Better Than the Snack Bar Baked Chicken Nuggets…with all the sauces. And I do mean ALL the sauces. Never enough sauce. These chicken nuggets are breaded and seasoned, oven-baked, then dipped in an assortment of sauces. Everything from creamy honey mustard, to caesar, to BBQ, to ranch. The options are endless and so delicious. This is what I call snack bar food at home. These nuggets are baked, not fried, and so much tastier. Serve with oven-baked french fries and veggies for an easy kid-friendly summer dinner that’s so much fun and full of flavor.

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Well, this is a fun recipe! I speak about this every single summer, but to me, summer is about taking yourself back to being a kid for a few months. Which includes enjoying all the fun summertime food. Growing up on the lake in Ohio meant our summers were hot and humid. If we weren’t swimming in the lake, we were at the pool. The pool was always slightly preferred because, hello…the snack bar. Anyone who spent their childhood summers at their local pool knows all too well about the snack bar.

They’re not fancy, but they’re the best. I was a chicken fingers and soft-serve ice kind of kid, but my brothers lived on the slushies.

Anyway, these chicken fingers are inspired by those snack bar chicken fingers that I’d get all summer long.

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But I also had another source of inspo, my brother Creighton. Creigh loves himself some chicken nuggets. Mickey D nuggets, freezer nuggets, high school cafeteria nuggets (he says those were the best)…he loves them all.

But the most important factor to a good nugget?

The sauces. Crieghton says you need lots and lots of sauces. He’s a double-dip kind of guy, and he also loves to mix sauces. So this week I set out to recreate his favorites, but to make them even better and healthier too. We’re also not frying these nuggets, we’re baking them!

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Here are the details

We’re not frying these nuggets, we’re baking them! So start by mixing up an egg with some pickle juice and then toss in the trimmed chicken tenders. The is our “glue”, it helps adhere the breading onto the chicken. The pickle juice is key. I’ve heard this is what Chick-Fil-A does for their nuggets. And I have to say, it really does add something special.

Next, combine finely crushed cornflake crumbs with Panko breadcrumbs. The cornflakes are key. As the chicken bakes in the oven, the breading “fries” and becomes extra crisp.

Now bake the chicken in the oven until it crisps all over. My secret is to gently drizzle the chicken with olive oil before it bakes. This helps the coating to really crisp up nicely in the oven. You can’t skip this step, it’s crucial.

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While the nuggets bake, make your sauces

Ok, so there are a lot of sauces to this recipe. I of course do not expect you to make them all. Though if you are having a dinner party I would recommend whipping them all up. This gives everyone some delicious options for dipping.

For now, instead of making them all, pick one or two of your favorites. Each of the sauces is incredibly easy to mix up and requires nothing fancy. These don’t take much time at all.

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Included in today’s recipe are creamy honey mustard, caesar dressing, sweet chili, and BBQ ranch. Of course, ketchup is always recommended as well. Oh, and a buffalo sauce or Cane’s Sauce would be great too, but I had to draw the line somewhere…trust me I wanted to make and include them all!

Each sauce is just as easy as the next. Simply combine all the ingredients and taste for salt. No cooking or blending in a food processor is required!

All the sauces are SO GOOD! My favorite is honestly good ole’ ketchup, but I do really love the honey mustard. It is SO GOOD, my favorite combo right now. And that homemade caesar dressing (also very obsessed with this).

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So, the real question is…

Which sauce or sauces are you all about??

So curious to know? Please, please tell me in the comments. And if I missed any great ones, you have to inform me of them!

So in the end, Creighton was EXCITED! In fact, he said I made his week with these. He said the sauces are all “gas”…whatever that means.

Got to love him. He’s always got something funny to say.

I’d recommend serving these with home-baked french fries and plenty of veggies on the side. Great for a weeknight, fun for a summer dinner party, or even to take on a picnic. However you serve these up, they’re guaranteed to be a hit!

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Looking for other fun, kid-friendly dinners? Here are some favorites:

Easy Southern Style Baked Mac and Cheese

Oven Baked Tuscan Fries

Peanut Butter Mocha Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lastly, if you make these Better Than the Snack Bar Baked Chicken Nuggets, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Better Than the Snack Bar Baked Chicken Nuggets...with all the sauces

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 927 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Creamy Honey Mustard

Caesar Sauce

Sweet Chili

BBQ Ranch

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I like Franks red hot)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • black pepper, to taste


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and pickle juice. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Combine the cornflakes, Panko, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and a pinch of pepper to a bowl.
    3. Dredge the chicken through the crumbs, pressing to adhere. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    4. To make each sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and season with salt.
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    1. Hi Faiza,
      Yes, this recipe is already baked:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  1. 5 stars
    Omg 🤤 BEST chicken nuggets I’ve ever had. That honey mustard sauce is so bomb! Thank you for sharing with us!!

    1. Hi Leslie,
      Awesome!!😎 Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

  2. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I will be making these for our Apple Cup party. I made the honey mustard sauce. I look forward to trying the other sauces.

    1. Hey Jess,
      Happy Monday! 👻 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! Happy Halloween! 🎃

  3. 5 stars
    I made these for lunch yesterday, along with the honey mustard dip, and they were absolutely delicious.

    1. Hey Lorena,
      Awesome!! Thanks so much for your comment and making this recipe. So glad it hear it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Loved these! I used cut-up chicken breasts instead of tenders, perfectly cooked in more like 18 minutes. We loved the honey mustard.

    1. Hey Bekah,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner. Have the best weekend:) xT

  5. 5 stars
    I ended up making way to many but would love to be able to freeze them for another time. How do you think I should go about doing that?

  6. Tieghan how do you feel about keeping these as tenders rather than cutting into nuggets? Prep the same way and increase cooking time a bit?
    Thanks so much for input!

    1. Hey Kari,
      Totally, that will work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    My whole family will eat these, even my little autistic kiddo! When I’m out pickle juice, I use rice vinegar with a little dill mixed in. Thank you!!!!

  8. This was amazing !! So crunchy and yummy but without the grease of take out. I made the Buffalo sauce and Caesar . Both so good. Caesar doubled as dressing for a salad on the side . Thank you for this recipe !!

    1. Hey Rhea,
      Sure, you could just use additional panko in place of the cornflakes. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Yes, I would store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Yum! These look great & I am a big sauce person! I can’t wait to try this & make all of the sauces. It looks & sounds delicious. Thanks!

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Happy Monday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan