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Overhead, up close shot of a pile of Copycat McDonald's Buffalo Chicken Nuggets on a piece of parchment paper with a small ramekin of buffalo sauce in the middle and a nugget barely dipped in.
McDonald's Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Copycat McDonald's Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets. Tender on the inside, golden brown n' crispy on the outside, and full of delicious buffalo hot sauce flavor, these nuggets are beyond delicious!

Course: Appetizer, entree, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo, chicken, children, copycat, kids, McDonald's, nuggets
Servings: 4
Calories: 290 kcal
  • Nuggets:
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – cubed (about 1 ½ pounds total)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 TBS - ¼ Cup Franks Hot Sauce*
  • 1 TBS Butter , melted
  • Breading:
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • Peanut Oil for frying (about 1 ½ - 2 cups)
  • Buffalo Dipping Sauce:
  • ¼ Cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 2 TBS Butter – melted
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Dash Kosher Salt
  • Serving Options: Blue Cheese Dressing, Carrot Sticks, Celery Sticks
  1. For the Buffalo Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. For the Nugget Mixture: Place cubed chicken in bowl of a food processor. Add in salt, parsley onion powder, pepper, butter and buffalo sauce. Process until it resembles a fine paste.
  3. Line a large sheet pan with plastic wrap.
  4. Roll chicken mixture into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball, roughly 2 tablespoons each. Place formed balls onto prepared sheet pan.
  5. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pot over medium heat.
  6. Set up breading station: place flour and salt onto a large plate and mix to combine. Pour eggs into a small bowl.
  7. Roll chicken balls in flour, then egg, and then back in flour again. Use your hands to flatten balls to form chicken nuggets. Transfer breaded nuggets back to prepared sheet pan. Repeat until all nuggets are breaded and formed.
  8. To Cook the Nuggets: Fry the nuggets, in batches, for 4-5 minutes total, until golden brown and cooked through (165 degrees F). Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain and season generously with salt while still warm.
  9. Serve with buffalo dipping sauce, blue cheese dressing, carrots and celery.
Recipe Notes

*Yield: roughly 22 Nuggets.

*For a very mild Buffalo flavored nugget use 3 tablespoons of Buffalo Hot Sauce in mixture. For a more pronounced Buffalo flavor use 1/4 Cup.

*Buffalo chicken mixture can be made in advance and balls can be formed in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

*For an even moister, more tender chicken nugget, substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs for breasts!

*Recipe adapted from SparkPeople

Nutrition Facts
McDonald's Style Buffalo Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 140mg47%
Sodium 1118mg49%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 19.2mg23%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.