8 Ways To Upgrade Store-Bought Chicken Nuggets Into Full-Fledged Meals

Fire up the air fryer.

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Hacks to upgrade chicken nuggets into full meals
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Chicken nuggets aren’t just a childhood (or even girl dinner) staple. The nostalgic bite can be used in so many of your favorite recipes, and these eight innovative chicken nugget recipes will help you transform the after-school snack into a delicious dish.

Chicken Nugget Sliders

If you thought chicken nuggets were good on their own, wait until you try this Chicken Nugget Sliders recipe from Bestfoods, which pairs the beloved bite with bacon, cheese, lettuce, and a sauce of your choosing.

Orange Chicken

Turn your nuggets into a flavorful batch of orange chicken with this easy-to-make recipe from Dinner Then Dessert.

Mashed Potato Bowl

Upgrade your mashed potatoes from a side to a main with this Chicken Mashed Potatoes recipe from Life in the Lofthouse.

Boneless Wings

If you have an air fryer, this boneless wings recipe from The Salted Pepper should be a breeze. You’re going to need a lot of ingredients (15, to be exact), but luckily the whole process takes less than 25 minutes.

Mini Chicken & Waffles

Thanks to its sweet and savory flavor combo and spicy maple spread, this Mini Chicken & Waffles recipe by Simple Seasonal can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, this recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza is definitely worth trying out.

Chicken Parm Egg Rolls

Crispy. Chicken. Parm. Egg. Rolls. Need I say more? If the name isn’t enticing enough, maybe the 25-minute cook time will sway you.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Roll-Ups

These Mini Crescent Chicken and Bacon Ranch Roll-Ups are like an elevated version of Pigs in a Blanket.

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