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Impossible Nuggets have received glowing reviews by many vegans and vegetarians, and they even scored well during a blind taste test.

Even so, we wanted to see how people who regularly eat meat felt about the Impossible nuggets in particular since many reviews tend to be based on vegan or vegetarian tastebuds.

We also wanted to find out how picky eaters and self-proclaimed chicken nugget addicts might feel about Impossible Chicken Nuggets.

Since I tend to have the pallet of a 6-year-old at times and have a slight nugget obsession, I figured I’d be a prime candidate. And who am I to turn down a food-based review in hopes of helping people find their newest food addiction? As I often say, sometimes you just have to tough it out for the greater good.

In This Post…

For this in-depth Impossible Chicken Nugget Review, we cover all these points as well as where to find them, what’s inside them, ideal cooking methods and their overall outcomes, mouthwatering pictures, pros and cons, specs, and a whole lot more.

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**Not Sponsored by Impossible Foods.

About Impossible Chicken Nuggets

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Impossible Chicken Nuggets aren’t just ideal for vegetarians and vegans. Thanks to their realistic flavor, taste, and smell, they’re also suitable for those who eat meat and love chicken nuggets or who even hope to hop on the plant-based bandwagon.

Regardless as to why someone might want to eat Impossible’s “chicken” nuggets, there’s no shortage of good perks when it comes to going plant-based, even aside from the fantastic flavor, realism, and lack of animal product.

Below are just a few of those perks, ranging from nutritional to ingredients and even environmental advantages.

Nutritional Perks

  • 13g of protein per 95g serving
  • 60% less saturated fat and 30% less total fat than the leading animal chicken nuggets*
  • No cholesterol
  • Packed with protein
  • No animal antibiotics

Helps Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  • 49% less land
  • 44% less water
  • 36% fewer greenhouse gas emissions
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What Are Impossible Nuggets Made Of?

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Here, you’ll find whatever information we could dig up about the Impossible Chicken Nuggets. We’ve included a list of ingredients further down below, or you can visit the Impossible site for further details (links below).

It’s The Inside That Counts

Impossible Nuggets are made of soy protein which helps give the nuggets their meat-like quality, bite, and minced texture.

The nuggets are also made with a standard food binder traditionally used in ice cream and food starches that help hold the meat-ish mixture together.

But The Outside Can Count Too

The crispy, golden-brown breading on the Impossible Chicken Nuggets is made of wheat flour. While we personally prefer a good battered-type breading, the breadcrumb coating of the Impossible Nuggets still managed to pull off a solid performance, packing plenty of crunch and flavor but without being too bland or over-the-top.

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Impossible Nuggets Ingredients

Ingredients: Water, Wheat Flour, Soy Protein Concentrate, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil – 2% or less of: Potato Starch, Methylcellulose, Salt, Natural Flavors, Cultured Dextrose, Wheat Gluten, Yeast Extract, Yellow Corn Flour, Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices, Leavening (Cream of Tartar, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dried Yeast, Paprika Extract (for color), Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant) Vitamins and Minerals: (Zinc Gluconate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12). Contains: Soy, Wheat

How Do Impossible Chicken Nuggets Taste?

In Short: Impossible Chicken Nuggets taste just like a chicken nugget, almost in a kind of mind cluckery kind of way. They even smell, chew, and feel like a chicken nugget while eating them—almost to the point of us forgetting we were eating planted-based chicken nuggets.

  • The inside looks and tastes like the inside of a McNugget
  • The outside is breaded and flavored, similar to a Wendy’s chicken nugget
  • The breadcrumb exterior is also similar to Tyson nuggets; only we found them more flavorful
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A Familiar Shape and Taste

The Impossible Nuggets have pretty much the same shape as at least two McDonald’s McNuggets nugget styles. Those two nugget shapes include the round-ish and “boot”  shape styles. They also remind us of Tyson nuggets in this sense.

The inside of Impossible Nuggets is quite similar to the taste, firmness, consistency, and type of texture you’d expect in a McNugget, down to the minced, meat-y interior.

Bread Winner

The breading of the Impossible Nuggets is very similar to what you commonly find at Wendy’s or a bag of Tyson Chicken Nuggets.

While I admit I’m not a fan of this kind of breadcrumb breading and prefer batter-style, much like on the McNuggets, the breading itself on the Impossible Chicken Nuggets is leagues more flavorful than what you’d normally find with most freezer-styled nuggets (and some fast food places too). The flavor helps redeem the nuggets for their lack of fried and batter-y goodness of a McNuggie.

They Taste Good On Their Own

What surprised us the most, aside from how realistic they taste to real chicken nuggets, was being able to eat the nuggets without the need for a dipping sauce. They’re plenty tasty on their own, and I almost always have to have sauce.

So, they’re basically McWendy’s nuggets, only better-tasting.

Best Cooking Method

Below are our thoughts on the various cooking methods and their nuggety outcomes for those wanting to know the best way to cook Impossible Chicken Nuggets. Cooking methods include oven (convection oven and convection toaster oven), microwave, and air frying.

Impossible Nuggets – Air Frying Results

Air-frying Time: 5 nuggets, 7 minutes; 10 nuggets, 8 minutes | 350°F

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  • 2nd preferred cooking method for us
  • Often the top-favorite cooking method for most people
  • Nice and moist interior
  • Tasty breading outcome, but a little crispier/harder than oven method – may not be for everyone

Airfying was a popular choice as a cooking method for many text and video-based reviews. For this test, we used our Breville Smart Oven Pro Countertop Convection Toaster Oven on Airfry Mode.

The breading seemed crunchier, harder, and more “fried” in nature when compared to the other methods. If you have a super-sensitive mouth when it comes to texture and normal breaded nuggets, you may want to go with the oven or microwave instead.

Other than that, the inside pretty much felt the same as the oven cooking method, if not maybe a tiny bit juicier.

Impossible Nuggets – Oven Results

Conventional Oven Cook Time: 11 minutes | 375°F

  • Favorite cooking method
  • Nice and moist interior, yet nice and firm
  • Crispy breading, but not as crispy as the air-fried method
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I tend to cook my Impossible Chicken Nuggets for less time in our toaster oven since the toaster oven tends to be a bit of an overachiever. 🙂

The Impossible Chicken Nuggets did quite well in our LG convection oven and our Breville Smart Toaster Oven on convection mode. Both ovens offered pretty much the same results, but we usually prefer the Breville toaster oven since it’s a little faster.

The oven was also our top pick when it came down to the best cooking method for the Impossible Chicken Nuggets. I personally loved the crunchy exterior that the oven produces, which almost creates a shell-like breading when baked or heated up on air-fry mode.

The interior was moist and almost juicy, just like a good normal nugget. At the same time, the Impossible nuggets still had a nice bite, firmness, and chew quality to it that almost topped regular chicken nuggets.

Impossible Nuggets – Microwave Results

Microwave Cook Time: 5 nuggets, 1 to 1.5 min.; 10 nuggets, 2 to 2.5 min. | HIGH

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  • 3rd preferred cooking method for us
  • A few people prefer this as their cooking method, likely due to the timing
  • Still produces a firm yet moist interior and fairly crispy exterior
  • No mushiness

Surprisingly, the microwave didn’t change the nuggets’ quality, texture, or taste too much as you might normally expect with traditional nuggets. While I preferred the oven and air-frying methods more, the inside remained nice and firm and the exterior still had a nice crunch to it.

This was a notably different outcome from regular chicken nuggets, which tend to fare far worse in the nuker, often coming out mushy and overly chewy. It’s still our least favorite way to cook Impossible Nuggets but still handy in a pinch.

Where to Find Impossible Nuggets

While you can find locations for Impossible Nuggets via the Impossible website, here are a few popular spots.

Brick-and-Mortar Stores: While Impossible Chicken Nuggets are still making their way into stores nationwide, you can typically find them at stores like Albertsons/Safeway (i.e., Vons, Pavilions), Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Martin’s, Giant, Walmart and Target.

Restaurants: Doghaus; Gott’s Roadside; Red Rooster Harlem; Fatburger; Joyland; Crossroads, Los Angeles; Fuku.

Online: You can also find them online through stores when in stock, such as through Amazon Fresh, Walmart, and other grocery store chains that offer online services.

Plant-Based Alternatives

Curious about other plant-based nuggets on the market that some find comparable to Impossible Chicken Nuggets? Then you might like some of these highly-popular brands.

  • Gardein Frozen Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Nuggets
  • Alpha Foods Chik’n Nuggets
  • Simulate Nuggs Chicken Nuggets
  • Beyond Nuggets (when more widely available)

Conclusion

This review on the Impossible Chicken Nuggets has covered everything from what’s inside the nuggets, where to find them, alternative options, and how they fared when it came down to microwave, oven, or air-frying cooking methods. You can also find our final verdict and key takeaways, as well as pros and cons, down below.

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The Main Upside

All in all, the Impossible Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets are great-tasting nuggets, tasting pretty much just like the real deal.

It’s even pretty safe to say that Impossible Nuggets are easily as good as, if not better-tasting than, most fast food and store-bought chicken nugget brands on the market. This was also shown in the blind taste test helped by Impossible Foods, where

In fact, Impossible Nugg managed to finally convert this chicken nugget lover to the plant-based alternative full-on as a solid, yum-tasting alternative—although we do plan to try other options out there, such as Gardein’s Ultimate Chick’n Nuggets.

The Main Crumby Thing

My main issue with the nuggets is that they decided to go with breadcrumb breading instead of a batter, such as what you’d find with a McNugget. However, that’s a personal preference thing and not everyone might agree. Hopefully the Impossible will do the impossible twice and come out with two, great-tasting chicken nuggets not made from chickens, with one option breaded and one battered.

The other issue for us is the price for what you get in the bag (20 pieces) is a little steep. While we assume the price will drop, Impossible may have a hard time appealing or converting nugget-lovers to the greener side of the Force with their slightly overpriced options. That, or they need to provide a little more bang for your buck (a.k.a more nuggets).

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Neat-ish Rating

Impossible Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What You Might Like

  • Awesome and realistic chicken-like flavor
  • Great with or without sauce
  • Wonderful texture and chew factor
  • Spot-on density and bite (a.k.a. not mushy, despite being minced)
  • They even smell good and realistic when cooking. It’s a bit eerie!
  • Good air fried, baked, lightly grilled, or coming from the microwave
  • 60% less saturated fat and 30% less total fat than the top animal-based chicken nuggets**
  • No animal antibiotics
  • No animals products 🙂
  • No cholesterol
  • 13 grams of protein per serving
  • 49% less land used to make them
  • 44% less water
  • 36% fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Minced chicken on the inside, similar to McNuggets, which some may prefer
  • Shaped very similar to McNuggets
  • Breadcrumb breading texture is similar to Wendy’s, Tyson, and Burger King, which some might like
  • Don’t stink when you cook them. They taste like chicken nuggets

What You Might Dislike

  • Price – the Impossible store-bought nuggets can sometimes be a bit expensive, often seen going for $6.48 up to $8.99, regular price, depending on where you shop. Prices are subject to change and may vary by location.
  • Only about 20 or so nugget pieces per bag.
  • Has some allergens that might affect certain people, such as wheat, gluten, soy, corn, etc. See ingredients for more details.
  • Minced chicken on the inside, similar to McNuggets, which some may not prefer
  • Breadcrumb breading texture is similar to Wendy’s, Tyson, and Burger King, which some might not like

Final Verdict

As a store-bought option, most people are likely to enjoy Impossible nuggets—especially if they’re interested in going with a plant-based option or if they don’t mind minced meat in their nuggets.

However, those who typically only prefer battered, whole chicken meat, and/or restaurant-style nuggets or tenders may find themselves slightly disappointed if they have their hopes set too high.

But considering what Impossible Nuggets essentially are—fake chicken nuggets—we think they’re a hit and something that could easily convert picky eaters and those who love nuggets yet want to get find an awesome-tasting, plant-based alternative.

**”The leading chicken nuggets contain 18g of total fat and 4g of saturated fat while Impossible Chicken Nuggets Made From Plants contain 12g of total fat and 1.5g of saturated fat per 95g.” – per Impossible’s website.

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