Want Crispy Chicken Nuggets at Home? This Is the Only Tool You Need

Get fast food-worthy nuggets in your kitchen.

Want Crispy Chicken Nuggets at Home? This Is the Only Tool You Need

Hitting the drive-thru for some crispy, zesty chicken nuggets is one of the best treats. But what if you just want them at home? You may think frozen chicken nuggets just won't cut it, but you can get fast food-worthy nuggets right in your own kitchen. Here's the one tool you need for DIY drive-thru chicken nuggets.


Frozen nuggets can sometimes get soggy after coming out of the freezer. And the coating just may not resemble that indulgent fast food-fried texture we love when it's cooked in the oven. Solution? The air fryer.


Air fryers make food extra crispy by circulating hot air. A fan moves the heat evenly around the food, which makes for a faster cook than other methods. It doesn't require any extra oil, so the nuggets can cook without succumbing to moisture. Plus, it keeps the calories and fat in check! Air fryers can cut calories up to 80% versus deep frying.

Put this hack to the test in your own kitchen. Share pictures of your DIY crispy nuggets on Instagram and tag @dr_oz!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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