Recipe | Sweet Potato Nuggets with Apple Cider Dipping Sauce

Sweet Potato Nuggets with Apple Cider Dipping Sauce
It’s an established fact: kids love nuggets. Usually these nuggets involve chicken, but there’s no reason that veggies can’t get the nugget treatment too. Made with sweet potatoes roasted to soft, sweet perfection and bulgur, my recipe for sweet potato nuggets serves up a healthy dose of fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and Vitamin A. Although this recipe was developed with kids in mind, adults are sure to love them too.

(Note: This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time. Make the potato and bulgur mixture and refrigerate overnight. Form and cook the nuggets the next day.)

Sweet Potato Nuggets with Apple Cider Dipping Sauce


  • Nuggets:
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup bulgur
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Chipotle seasoning (optional)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko
  • Vegetable or canola cooking spray
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. water


  1. For nuggets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce sweet potato with fork and bake for about 40 minutes, or until extremely soft and tender. While potato cools, combine bulgur and water in a tall microwaveable bowl and heat for 7-8 minutes, until water evaporates and grains are tender.
  2. Scoop the inside of the potato into a medium bowl and mix with bulgur, chipotle seasoning, and salt. Refrigerate until cool.
  3. Whisk egg into a small bowl or edged plate. Put panko on a separate plate. Form potato mixture into nugget shapes and dip in egg and then coat with panko.
  4. Spray cooking spray onto large skillet and heat at medium heat. Add nuggets and cook about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  5. For sauce: Boil apple cider in small saucepan over high heat until reduced by half. Whisk together cornstarch and water until no lumps remain and add to cider, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and serve with Sweet Potato Nuggets.
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Kiersten Frase

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  1. screwbdoo says

    yum sweet potatos will definitely be trying this recipe. Ever tried sweet potato fries in the oven? NO deep frying and no oil but just like french fries.

    SOOOOOO good & GOOOD for ya

  2. Nina says

    I wanted to like this, I really did. I’ve loved every other recipe that I’ve tried from this blog and I was determined to like this one too. But something about it just turned me off. The sauce was too bitter, even after I added some brown sugar, and the nuggets themselves just didn’t turn out. They were almost TOO starchy and the texture really threw me off. The taste itself was just… strange. I really expected these to be better, but I will still continue to try other recipes from this blog!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Thank you for your feedback. The sauce definitely shouldn’t have been bitter, but I can totally see how the texture of the nuggets with the sweet potato & bulgur together might be an issue for some people. I’m actually working on a version of these for my book without the bulgur and I might update the recipe here too. I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out for you!

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