Costco Just Bare Chicken Chunk Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Copycat?)

The Costco Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks have been around for over a year now and unsurprisingly the demand for these has not died down. 

They have been dubbed by many Costco fans as a Chick-Fil-A clone that you can make anytime in your own home.

The Just Bare vs Chick-Fil-A Comparison is included after the main review!

Costco Just Bare Chicken Nuggets scaled

Just Bare chicken Breast Chunks

The Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks at Costco sell for $14.99 and come in a 4lb bag. They can be found in the frozen food section near the chicken stripsmozzarella sticks, and chicken sandwich.

Costco also sells Just Bare Chicken Sandwich Fillets.

Chicken Chunks

Unlike many of their competitors on the shelves at Costco, these are not called chicken nuggets, but simply chicken breast chunks. 

These are made with cut pieces of chicken and not ground chicken filling. 

Just Bare Lightly breaded chicken chunks scaled

They have no antibiotics and no added hormones or steroids.

Costco Cost Comparison

How Much Do Just Bare Chicken Nuggets Cost at Costco?

Costco sells the 4 pound bag of Just Bare Chicken Nuggets for $14.99. 

The price per pound breaks down to $3.75, which is right in between the price of Costco’s two other chicken nugget offerings. 

Perdue’s panko breaded nuggets come in at $2.59 a pound and Golden Platter’s Organic Nuggets sell for $5.50 per pound. 

Are Just Bare Nuggets Worth it?

The major difference between Just Bare’s chicken nuggets and their competitor’s nuggets is that they use boneless skinless chicken breast chunks instead of ground up chicken filling.

Their nuggets are also lightly breaded and cover the chicken breast just enough to provide adequate crispiness.

These are easily the best chicken nugget option at Costco and are well worth the premium price. 

Update:
The price has jumped to $19.99 a bag is now in overpriced territory. 

First Impressions

Visually Impressive

In their frozen state, these nuggets look fantastic and it’s clear they are going to have a lot of potential. 

The color of the nugget breading is light brown, but the quality looks top notch. There’s a lot of surface area that can lead to an extra crispy chicken nugget. 

Chunk Nuggets - Size

These are obviously processed, but not all of their chicken nuggets come in the same size or shape. The chunks vary wildly with some as small as the size of a quarter and some as large as 2 inches by 2 inches. 

This is an indicator that they are using chopped chicken breast and not grinding up all their chicken and reforming them into nuggets. 

Close to Homemade?

From the looks of it, Just Bare’s chicken nuggets could pass for homemade nuggets.

The inconsistent size and shape combined with the homestyle flour breading, have me really excited for these nuggets.

Costco Chicken Nuggets - Just Bare - Taste Test

These chicken chunks are amazing. The breading is very high quality and the chicken chunk pieces are tasty and flavorful. There really is not a lot to complain about with these Just Bare Nuggets from Costco. 

Breading Quality

All around, the breading is great, but not perfect. The seasoning was on point and the flavors were there. It wasn’t overly salty and the crispiness was amazing. 

Just Bare Nuggets from Costco scaled

I do believe, if I deep-fried these frozen chicken nuggets, the breading would be excellent.

High Quality Chicken

The chicken is just as good as the breading if not better. The whole breast chicken chunks are a game changer and easily surpass any other competitors ground chicken filling. 

Costco Nugget vs Chick Fil A scaled
Chick-Fil-A vs Just Bare Nugget Chicken Chunk

The texture is solid, and it’s without doubt you know that you are eating an actual chicken breast nugget. 

Homemade Quality

If I were to make my own version of homemade nuggets, I would be ecstatic if they can feel and taste as good as these Just Bare Chicken Chunks from Costco. 

Overall, these nuggets are amazing. The breading is crispy and flavorful, while the chicken is authentic and juicy. Coming in at $3.75 a pound, these nuggets are in contention for best frozen food item at Costco.

Costco Just Bare Chicken Chunks - Cooking Directions

Just bare offers 3 different methods for cooking their chicken nuggets. You can cook them in the oven, air fryer (my favorite), and the microwave. 

Like most of Costco’s frozen foods, its best to avoid cooking them in the microwave if possible. It will be the quickest method, but the breading will be soggy and unappetizing.

Costco Just Bare Nugget Heating Instructions scaled

Conventional Oven

  • Preheat Oven to 375°F
  • Place frozen chicken pieces in a single layer on an ungreased baking pan
  • Bake uncovered for 23 minutes

Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F
  • Place frozen chicken pieces in air fryer basket in a single layer
  • Air Fry for 8 Minutes

Microwave

  • Place frozen chicken pieces in a single layer on a microwavable safe dish.
  • Microwave on high for 2.5 minutes.

Nutritional Information

How Many Calories in these Costco Chicken Nuggets?

One serving of Just Bare Chicken Nuggets from Costco is 3 oz and contains 160 calories. There are 6g of fat, 9g of carbs, and 16g of protein in each serving. 

This is a pretty darn good nutritional label. 

Just Bare Chicken Chunk Nutritional Information scaled

You can’t complain about a frozen food item anytime there is more protein than fats and carbs combined. 

They aren’t exactly healthy per se, but the macros in this nutritional label do not concern me one bit. 

Watch the Sodium

The issue as always is going to be the sodium. There is 540 mg of sodium in each serving which is 23% of your recommended daily value. 

A 3oz serving of Just Bare nugget won’t even fill my 3 year old up, and most likely you will be eating 2 or even more servings. Not the worst for a frozen food, but not ideal.

Are Just Bare Nuggets Healthy?

I would say yes, they are healthy for a chicken nugget. They are high in protein and low in carbs and fat. They aren’t exactly a diet food, but I have no problem eating these in moderation. 

Costco Just Bare Chicken Chunks
Just Bare Chicken Chunks

Product Name: Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks

Product Description:
Price: $14.99
Quantity: 4 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Frozen Food Aisles
Price Per Pound: $3.75

Summary

The Just Bare Chunks are one of my new all time favorite Costco frozen foods. The chunks are more than just chicken nuggets as they can be eaten in salads, with pasta, or even with rice.

They are juicy, flavorful, and everything a breaded chicken product strives to be.

Overall
8.4/10
8.4/10
  • Value - 10/10
    10/10
  • Convenience - 8/10
    8/10
  • Taste - 10/10
    10/10
  • Nutrition - 6/10
    6/10
  • CFDB Score - 8/10
    8/10

Pros

  • Great price
  • Unique and versatile
  • Super tasty

Cons

  • N/A

JUST BARE NUGGETS VS CHICK-FIL-A CHICKEN NUGGETS

Cooking Just Bare Nuggets to Rival Chick-Fil-A

The Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks are placed on a pedestal by many Costco fans because of their resemblance to Chick-Fil-A’s chicken nuggets. 

They are definitely great nuggets, but can they actually compare to a billion dollar chicken empire who deep fries their chicken? 

Chick Fil A Just BAre scaled
Which nuggets are from Chick-Fil-A and which are frozen nuggets from Costco?

For this comparison, I cooked the Just Bare Chunks in the air fryer at 350° for about 12 minutes. I felt that the recommended 8 minutes wasn’t enough to adequately crisp up these nuggets, and 12 minutes in the air fryer did a better job. 

The first test is going to be the eye test. I laid out both the Chick-Fil-A nuggets as well as some of the Just Bare nuggets on a plate. Can you tell me which one is which from the image above?

Costco Chicken Nugget - Chick Fil A Clone?

It is Very Hard To Tell the Difference Between Just Bare and Chick-Fil-A

If you don’t know what Chick-Fil-A nuggets look like or if you haven’t eaten one in a while, it may be hard to tell which is a fast food nugget and which is a frozen nugget from Costco. 

They look different, but quality wise they are a lot closer than you would imagine. The Just bare nuggets are the group of nuggets on the right and they definitely pass the eye test. 

Just Bare Chicken Nuggets vs Chick Fil A Nuggets scaled

Now, taste is really going to determine how these nuggets stack up. There’s a difference between looking like a fast food nugget and tasting like a fast food nugget. 

The Chick-Fil-A nuggets are deep fried while my Just Bare Chicken Chunks are air fried. It’s not really a fair comparison in that regard, but the Just Bare nuggets hold their own.

Do Just Bare Nuggets taste like Chick Fil A Chicken Nuggets?

In regards to taste, there is a slight slight advantage to Chick-Fil-A. Taste and quality is very close, but the simple fact is that you can’t beat a deep fried nugget using alternative cooking methods. 

A deep fried nugget is going to be crispier and some of the excess breading will also fry up and provide extra crunch. For me, the excess breading that gets fried was the main difference between the two nuggets. 

Just Bare Nuggets in Chick Fil A Box scaled
Chick Fil A Nuggets scaled

Chicken quality is near identical, and both were flavored and seasoned appropriately. Both nuggets go great with dips, and honestly the difference between two is minimal. 

Chick-Fil-A has the better nugget, but the Just Bare chunks are no slouch and hang in there as best a frozen chicken nugget could. In terms of value, the Just Bare chicken nuggets are a clear winner. 

For $6, you can get 12 Chick-Fil-A nuggets or you can get over 1.5 pounds of Just Bare Chicken Chunks from Costco. If price is any factor, then it’s a no brainer to go with the Just Bare chicken nuggets.

Chicken Nuggets scaled

They don’t beat Chick-Fil-A, nor should they, but I don’t have a problem with some Costco fans calling these Chick-Fil-A clones. While they are clearly different and maybe a better term is a substitute or a replacement, they are darn good. 

The Just Bare nuggets will satisfy your chicken craving and I’ll be glad to eat them any day of the week including Sundays. 

Final Thoughts

These are definitely a Costco winner. They have quite the reputation and in my mind, they actually lived up to it. They are easy to make, absolutely delicious, and relatively healthy for you. 

The Just Bare Nuggets are easily my favorite of the Costco chicken nugget options, and one of the better frozen foods available at Costco. These raise the bar for what a chicken nugget should be.

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