In a slightly different twist on the traditional children’s favorite, these bite size pieces of chicken are lightly breaded with a sweet cornbread crumb crust then baked until tender and slightly crisp. I loved the way these turned out and they were just different enough to make me smile. The cornbread flavor isn’t prominent, but it is different enough to make you pause for a moment to consider it.
I made two different batches of these nuggets, one with a full cornbread crumb crust and the other batch with half panko crumbs instead. We were a house divided on preference, so I’m including both recipes here. The panko crust is crispier with just a slight crunch and the cornbread crust remains a bit softer with a more unique flavor. My husband and I both preferred the cornbread version. We dipped these into our favorite Homemade Spicy Barbecue Sauce.