Lunchbox-Friendly Crispy Hidden Veggie Chicken Nuggets



Resources you'll love

tell me more!

I'm Kris, trained chef, culinary nutritionist and busy mom, here to help you take the stress out of healthy eating with flexible meal planning, simplified meal prep and easy budget-friendly meals.

Meet Kris

THE HEALTHY mama kitchen podcast

find what you're looking for:


It is back to school time and I know how hard it can be to come up with lunch ideas for your littles (I’ve got you here, here, and here) (not to mention dinners!).

I know it can also be a struggle to get your kiddos to eat veggies and where I’m not a huge fan of hiding veggies- I AM a fan of finding fun and creative ways to get veggies in, and these hidden veggie chicken nuggets are a great make-ahead lunch, dinner (or both!) AND they’re packed with a whole cup of veggies- so win-win-win, right?!

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Crispy Hidden Veggie Chicken Nuggets

  • Author: Kristin Dovbniak
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1820 1x



1 lb ground chicken

1 egg, whisked

1/2 cup ground oats (grind in a food processor until a coarse flour)

3/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Sprinkle black pepper

1/3 cup shredded zucchini

1/3 cup shredded sweet potato

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (use gluten-free if needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a wire rack.
  2. Combine ground chicken, egg, oat flour, salt and seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Add in grated veggies by hand until evenly distributed.
  4. Spread breadcrumbs in thick layer in a shallow dish.
  5. Using slightly wet hands to avoid sticking, form into balls and flatten slightly. Dip into breadcrumbs on all sides and place on parchment paper.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes, flipping once, until slightly golden and cooked through.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star