Turkey Nuggets (or Chicken)


My mother found this turkey nuggets recipe about 20 years ago. A great find! This is a great recipe for leftover turkey or chicken. You can even use tuna or salmon. My kids love it, especially paired with leftover mashed potato cakes.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed


  1. Stir water and baking powder together in a bowl (mixture should foam). Mix turkey, flour, egg, salt, and black pepper into water mixture. Form mixture into bite-sized nuggets.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  3. Fry nuggets in hot vegetable oil until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
8g Fat
13g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 24g
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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