Despite 10 matches without finding the net, Nolan vowed to boost a side just seven points above the drop zone.
After defeat at Sunderland, Nolan, 30, said: "I've made the fans here cry over the years, so I'm just going to smile through this.
"But I can tell them the chicken is firmly not dead, so they'd best watch out! I'll be back next year.
"It's a fair while since anyone has seen the chicken celebration but it will be seen again very soon. We've got to make sure at the end of the season we're comfortable and OK."