20 Minutes Skillet BBQ Chicken Nuggets

Skillet dinners >>>>>>>>

Chicken nuggets >>>>>>>>>>>

BBQ anything = my life

You guys can have a bowl full of these in less than 20 minutes. And the fact that you’ll just have to wash one pan after the nugget making process will make you happier than eating the nuggets itself. 



I love me quick easy dinners like this one. Who wants to spend hours breading stuff when the craving for chicken nuggets hits? And then working with hot oil is such a painful mess which makes my house smell of hot oil and *confession time here* I hate hate hate the smell of hot oil and fried stuff in general. So no frying mess for me, no breading either. When I want nuggets I usually am all like “nuggets nuggets EAT ALL THE NUGGETS” and not like “I could spend the next three hours taking naps but I feel like dirtying lots of pans and fry stuff instead so yeah, that’s what I will do and when I’m done with it all I won’t feel like eating chicken nuggets anymore. Yup, sounds liek a nice plan”. Nooooooope, most of the time I’m on the “EAT ALL THE NUGGETS” mode, so having discovered this quick method/recipe saved my nugget loving soul.



Chicken nuggets should rule the world.

Especially if it’s sticky BBQ sauce covered chicken nuggets what we’re talking about. And they’re the kind of nuggets that won’t do much hurt to your waistlines aw yeah. 

I am in love.

Hey I think I’ve just found who I’ll be spending Valentine’s day with.

Oh, kidding. It’ll be my textbooks instead. School life sucks.

Speaking of which. If you’re wondering why I’ve been kind of MIA lately, blame exams and homework. In a perfect world I’d be eating all the nuggets instead of studying for (another more) biochem exam… The nugget part sounds x1000 times better, am I right or am I right?

((( I am )))



But now it’s time to study and that’s why I haven’t been reading/commenting on your lovely blogs as much as I’m used to. My apologies, guys. I hope that one big skillet full of these nuggets can make up for it. If it isn’t enough, you can always have a couple (and yes, by “a couple” I mean “a hundred”) of these skinny donut holes for dessert.

((( Please if you’re making both the nuggets and the donut holes, call me and I’ll come round for dinner! )))



Back to the actual nuggets: these aren’t like traditional, breaded nuggets… but they’re quite as awesome, trust me. I don’t really know why I’m calling them nuggets. It’s probably because that’s a word I really like, but you can name these “chicken bites” if you prefer.

Sticky BBQ glazed chicken bites.

Yeeaah. Sounds good to me too.

Guys. Let’s get real serious here. You have to make these. It’s a pan full of sticky chicken bites smothered in your very favorite BBQ sauce and lighty fried in extra-virgin olive oil. Some breadcrumbs have been added to increase the carby factor too… you really can’t miss these! 


Skillet BBQ Chicken Nuggets
Serves 8
Chicken nuggets made in less than 20 minutes in one pan: SO GOOD.
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  1. 18 oz. skinless chicken breast (that's 3 medium ones)
  2. 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  3. 1/3 cup whole grain breadcrumbs
  4. 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  1. Cut the chicken into small cubes.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl and stir until the nuggets are completely covered.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan, and when it's hot enough, add the nuggets and fry them for 3 minutes without touching them so they develope a crispy side.
  4. Keep on frying until they look golden and crispy. This should take about 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your chicken cubes and the size of your frying pan.
  5. Enjoy warm, but these are awesome reheated as well!
  1. For healthier nuggets, use a bbq sauce with a short list of ingredients!
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I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!




  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour February 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Skillet meals are the best- so easy and very little cleanup! But when they turn out as amazing as these chicken nuggets look, even better!!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite February 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I totally am not a fan of frying foods at home either. It’s super messy and stinks up the house! Love this idea for a quick and easy weeknight meal! My wife would LOVE this… she is obsessed with bbq sauce!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Never thought of making these right in the skillet. Skipping the dredging and coating step will save me so much time. I’m all about 20 minute meals : )

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) February 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I’m always looking for non-boring ways to prepare chicken! These look perfect for a week-night! Good luck studying!

  • Reply Mary Frances February 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You are so right! This is a fantasic twist on chicken nuggets – especially with all that BBQ. And breadcrumbs, carby goodness all the way!

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods February 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Ugh, frying really can stink up the house and it seems like the smell stays for hours! Yummy looking quick and easy meal. Thanks Consuelo ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Kelly February 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    This sounds like a great healthier twist on chicken nuggets and love that it only takes 20 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ They look so tasty with the bbq sauce too! Good luck studying Consuelo ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I think I could get on board with a world ruled by chicken nuggets ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol this looks great girrrl!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl February 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    You are killing me with kindness with this recipe as it sounds just about perfect for dinner for us! Definitely pinning to enjoy soon!

  • Reply Ashley February 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t like to fry at home either – there’s just something about it (and all that hot oil slightly scares me! lol) This looks so simple yet so delicious!

  • Reply cheri February 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    These look great, love the fact that they can be made in 20 minutes or less.

  • Reply erinsilvius February 7, 2014 at 3:25 am

    20 minutes?! Stop it! That’s pure insanity. But beautiful insanity because these look amazing! Much better than exams and homework. ๐Ÿ™ Which, by the way, I’m sure you’re doing great on! Make sure to get some rest and eat lots of nuggets! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven February 7, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I could have used this tonight! I had two chicken breasts and had no clue what to do with them. I ended up baking them and smothering them with sriracha but you recipe would have been way better!

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes February 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Sticky BBQ glazed chicken bites works for me!! These look so good and a nice difference to the usual breaded stuff.

  • Reply Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner February 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This would make a nice week night meal for us – quick, easy and looks delicious! Pinned. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} February 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Looks wonderful! And the pictures are BEAUTIFUL. Wow, they totally make me crave BBQ stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou February 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Can I come over for dinner Co? Pleeeeease….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon February 8, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Yum this looks like ultimate comfort food! Good luck with your studies!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen February 8, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Bites or nuggets, I love this healthier twist on spiced up chicken! Honestly, what would be do without some BBQ chicken…in any form? Quick and easy makes this recipe even better. Good luck with your exams, girl. You are one brilliant chick and I know you will do well! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend, my friend! xo

  • Reply Monica February 8, 2014 at 4:16 am

    This is my kind of recipe – short list of ingredients and quick cooking. I love cooking this way, particularly on weeknights. This would be very popular in my house. Love it!

  • Reply Joanne February 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This is a great family-friendly meal!! Love how quickly it comes together.

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments February 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Your studies come first, Consuelo, so don’t worry if you have to put off your blog commenting! I completely understand as I have to do that with school right now, too. That Affligem beer is one of our new favorites here — yum! It would taste so wonderful this delicious meal, which looks incredible my friend!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 8, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Anything coated in sticky bbq sauce sounds good to me! Love that the focus is on the chicken instead of breading. Yum!

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker February 9, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Such a great idea to do these in the pan. Adding BBQ sauce to the shopping list this week… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply What Jessica Baked Next February 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Lovely Consuelo! Definitely need to try this dish- sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks February 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    THESE are awesome! I too hate the smell of my house after I have fried foood, which is why I rarely fry food. Plus, I don’t really eat fried foods that much…unless it’s french fries! Pinning this. Hope you’re having a great weekend, Consuelo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply blahnikbaker February 10, 2014 at 12:21 am

    This is just lovely!! I agree chicken nuggets should rule the world. This particular ones should.

  • Reply Amy February 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    skillet nuggets is such a great idea! These little guys are totally adorable…and they look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply bakerbynature February 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Theeeeeeeeeese look addicting! In a good way, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want the whole skillet!!!

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