Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets -$5 Dinner Challenge


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Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp spicy or Dijon mustard ($.20)
  • 3 Tbsp milk ($.03)
  • 1 cup flour ($.14) Use rice flour for gluten free
  • 1 tsp paprika ($.05)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1.2 lb package chicken tenderloins, cut into pieces ($2.03) Bought and froze these when on sale for $1.77/lb!
  • 8 oz. shells pasta noodles ($.49) Use rice pasta for gluten free meal
  • 1 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce ($.55)
  • 4 Corn Cobs ($.68 ) This is the last of the $.17/ear corn! I hope it goes back on sale soon!
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($.20)


  • In small bowl, whisk mustard and milk.  In another separate small bowl, combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper.

Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets | 5DollarDinners.com

  • Dip chicken tenderloin pieces in mustard/milk mixture, then toss in flour mixture, until completely coated with batter.

Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets | 5DollarDinners.com

  • Place dipped chicken tenders on greased foil covered baking sheet.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until chicken has cooked through.  Dust off excess flour with pastry brush after cooking.
  • In medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and return to saucepan.  Add spaghetti sauce and toss until pasta is coated in sauce.
  • Remove husks and threads from corn and boil in large saucepan for 4-5 minutes. Serve warm with butter.
  • Serve Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets with Pasta Marinara and Corn Cobs.

Cost $4.37

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  1. says

    Those nuggets look great! My boys love nuggets and frying them is such a mess, not to mention, not good for you. I will definately be adding these.
    BTW-I made your Breakfast Tacos, but didn’t link them here, because with the fresh fruit and smoothies, it was a little over $5. I gave you a shout out for the recipe though http://hoosierhomemade.com/?p=1585.
    Thanks for always having such great recipes!

  2. Sherri says

    Would bread crumbs or corn meal be just as economical instead of flour? It’s just you get such a pasty look to the chicken without frying by using flour to coat.

    • says

      Yes…I was all out of bread crumbs! Would be a perfect alternative! I like the flavor that the dijon mustard gave the chicken :)

  3. says

    My husband made a batch of these for the freezer. He LOVES them! I don’t like chicken but he & my 2 year old eat it occasionally, so he put a batch of these in the freezer so I can pop a few in the toaster oven for my daughter! So convenient and way less expensive than buying the little frozen boxes of nuggets for kids.

  4. Kenzie says

    Wow! You do such a great job with your $5 recipes.. I’ve never made chicken nuggets from scratch, but with this recipe they are really easy! I think I will make this with french fries next time because that was requested by my husband..Thanks for the ideas, kudos.
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