The Ultimate Guide to Canned Chicken Nuggets: From Cooking to Serving

Let’s talk about canned chicken nuggets. Yes, you heard me right—canned chicken nuggets are a thing, and they’re more versatile than you might think. Whether ...

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Let’s talk about canned chicken nuggets. Yes, you heard me right—canned chicken nuggets are a thing, and they’re more versatile than you might think. Whether you’re following a bariatric diet, on a keto journey, or just looking for a quick and easy meal, canned chicken nuggets can be a lifesaver. In this article, I’ll guide you through everything you need to know about this convenient dish. We’ll cover what meals or occasions they’re best for, recommended cooking equipment, and even a comprehensive recipe. So, let’s dive in.

When to Use Canned Chicken Nuggets

Canned chicken nuggets are perfect for those days when you’re short on time but still want something tasty. They’re a great option for quick lunches, last-minute dinners, or even bariatric-friendly appetizers. If you’re a fan of Costco chicken tenders or even McDonald’s 4 McNuggets but want something you can store for longer, canned chicken nuggets are for you.

Recommended Cooking Equipment

For optimal results, I recommend using a gas grill. The gas grill gives the canned chicken nuggets a smoky flavor that’s hard to replicate with other cooking methods. If you’re not a fan of grilling, a Kirkland frying pan will also do the trick.

How to Use Equipment Effectively

  1. Gas Grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the canned chicken nuggets on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side. Make sure to turn them only once to get those perfect grill marks.
  2. Kirkland Frying Pan: Place the pan over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil and cook the nuggets for about 4 minutes per side or until they’re golden brown.

Recipe Time

Yield: 20

Cheesy Shredded Chicken Nuggets Recipe

canned chicken nuggets

Cheesy Shredded Chicken Nuggets made from canned chicken have completely changed my perspective on quick meals. They're not just convenient; they're downright delicious and versatile. Whether I'm grilling them or frying them in a pan, the end result is always a hit. It's comfort food that fits into my busy lifestyle, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 can of chunk white chicken, drained
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (Costco buffalo mozzarella recommended)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (Kirkland sharp cheddar recommended)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (Costco panko chicken style)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Kirkland garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preparation: Preheat your gas grill or Kirkland frying pan as mentioned earlier.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the chunk white chicken, shredded mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Add salt, pepper, and Kirkland garlic powder.
  3. Form Nuggets: Use your hands or a chicken nugget mold to shape the mixture into nuggets.
  4. Coat: Dip each nugget into the beaten egg and then coat it with panko breadcrumbs.
  5. Cook: Place the nuggets on the gas grill or in the frying pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  6. Cool and Serve: Allow the nuggets to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 150Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 10g

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Serving Suggestions and Suitable Side Dishes

These cheesy shredded chicken nuggets pair well with a variety of sides. For a bariatric-friendly meal, consider serving them with bariatric salad recipes or cauliflower bites from Costco. If you’re on a keto diet, keto chicken fries or butter bites carnivore style make excellent companions.

Cooking Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Whether you’re using a gas grill or a frying pan, make sure not to overcrowd the nuggets. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Use Quality Cheese: Opt for high-quality cheeses like Costco buffalo mozzarella and Kirkland sharp cheddar for the best flavor.
  3. Check the Internal Temperature: Use a food thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  4. Don’t Skip the Cooling Time: Allow the nuggets to cool for a few minutes; this helps the cheese to set and makes the nuggets less likely to fall apart.


Canned chicken nuggets are more than just a quick meal; they’re a versatile option that can fit into various diets and lifestyles. Whether you’re grilling them on a gas grill or frying them in a Kirkland pan, the result is always delicious. With our comprehensive recipe and tips, you’re well-equipped to make the most out of this convenient dish. So the next time you find yourself reaching for Costco chicken tenders or contemplating the McDonald’s bariatric menu, why not give canned chicken nuggets a try? You won’t be disappointed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need to cook canned chicken?

Yes, while canned chicken is pre-cooked, it’s best to heat it up for better texture and flavor. Cooking also allows you to add spices or sauces to enhance its taste.

Can you fry canned chicken?

Absolutely, you can fry canned chicken. Just drain the chicken well, coat it in breadcrumbs or batter, and fry until golden brown. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy canned chicken.

Can chicken nuggets be healthy?

Chicken nuggets can be made healthier by using whole-grain breadcrumbs, lean chicken, and baking instead of frying. Opt for homemade versions to control the ingredients and nutritional content.

What does canned chicken taste like?

Canned chicken has a slightly softer texture than fresh chicken and a mild, neutral flavor. It’s versatile and can easily absorb the flavors of spices, sauces, or marinades you use.

Can I use canned chicken for other recipes?

Yes, canned chicken is incredibly versatile. It can be used in a variety of dishes like bariatric chicken salad, bariatric tuna salad, and even in Costco keto cups recipes.

How long do canned chicken nuggets last?

Once opened, canned chicken nuggets should be consumed within 3-4 days if stored in the refrigerator. If you’re using homemade cheesy chicken nuggets, they can last up to a month when frozen.

Are canned chicken nuggets suitable for a keto diet?

Yes, you can make keto-friendly canned chicken nuggets by using almond flour or coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs. Pair them with keto chicken fries for a complete keto meal.

How do I make my canned chicken nuggets crispy?

For extra crispiness, you can double-coat your canned chicken nuggets in breadcrumbs. Also, make sure your cooking oil or grill is hot enough before adding the nuggets.

Can I make canned chicken nuggets in an air fryer?

Yes, air frying is an excellent option for cooking canned chicken nuggets. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and cook the nuggets for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What are some good dipping sauces for canned chicken nuggets?

Dipping sauces can elevate your canned chicken nugget experience. Popular options include BBQ sauce, honey mustard, and even a homemade McDonald’s gravy recipe.

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