Crispy Paleo Chicken Nuggets


Crispy paleo chicken nuggets recipe & photos by Jordan Pie

Chicken nuggets served at fast food chains are often made from processed and inflammatory ingredients such as factory-farmed chicken, wheat breading and other dubious ingredients, and then fried in vegetable oil. These healthy, paleo chicken nuggets tick all the right boxes — they’re gluten, grain, sugar and dairy free, paleo, whole30-approved, and made from real foods.

These chicken nuggets are shallow fried in a frying pan on the stove, which gets the crumb crispier than when baking them in the oven. They take just a couple of minutes on each side, so the process is quick and easy. They’re guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

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Crispy Paleo Chicken Nuggets

Crispy Paleo Chicken Nuggets

Start to Finish: 25 minutes


  • 4 organic, pasture-raised chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp dried herbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • Coconut oil or duck or animal fat for shallow frying


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients into a shallow bowl.
  2. Add the egg into another shallow bowl and whisk.
  3. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  4. Coat the chicken pieces in the egg wash and then coat them in the flour mix until they are evenly coated. Do this in batches. Note: you may need to wash your hands in between coating as it can build up on your fingers and get too clumpy.
  5. Heat a large frying pan on medium heat and add enough oil or fat for shallow frying.
  6. Once the oil/fat is heated, begin shallow frying the coated chicken pieces until they’re golden brown and crispy all over.
  7. Transfer to a paper towel lined dish to drain any of the excess oil.

Serve hot with a creamy Keto Avocado Butter, a Spicy Thai Vinaigrette, an Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, or a homemade tomato ketchup/sauce.

Serves: 2 servings

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 436
  • Fat: 26.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 262mg
  • Salt: 1384mg
  • Carbs: 6.8g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Sugar: 0.7g
  • Protein: 45.4g
  • Vitamin D: 8mcg
  • Net carbs: 5g
  • Calcium: 90mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 151mg

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