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The greatest chicken nugget recipe known to paleo man

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM

So after getting my feet on the ground with paleo a year ago I???m actively converting my family???mostly my children who are 5 and 6.

In their lunches I regularly put meatballs and salmon balls, almond butter, yogurt, fruit, veggies, coconut milk, salami and cheese, tuna with homemade mayo and rice thins to dip.

I???d like to make them the perfect chicken nugget they will eat (and for Mama too.)

Who has the best recipe?

They have no sensitivities that I know of to coconut flour or almond flour. Of course the coating is the biggest issue???and I???ll be freezing in batches then re-heating to put in a thermos.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 11, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Awesome. Thanks BJ!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 02, 2012
at 02:39 PM

@Stacey. There has been a lot cajoling and experimenting to even get this far. And...they still indulge in pizza with Daddy. Balancing the brainwashing with the real world is HARD. You and I are doing the best we can not starting them this way from babies.

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(3225)

on February 01, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Seriously--my kids are more weston price than paleo, and the older one eats almond butter sandwiches every. Single. Day. Would love if she'd eat your kids' lunches...

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 01, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Awwww...big compliment from my favorite Chef.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Seriously? 7 responses and no upvotes? Dudes. +1 from me for taking the time to post something that will be utilized by PH and for making me hungry as I want one of your kids lunches. Now.

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 31, 2012
at 10:51 PM

As a variant to Christopher's answer, my family has made chicken nuggets using potato flour/flakes, sometimes with almond flour or coconut mixed in for flavor and texture. The potato helps hold in moisture, and I personally like the extra crunch.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on January 31, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I was about to get all skeptical that this couldn't be done, but then I found this:

Coconut Chicken Nuggest with Paleo "BBQ" Sauce

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I think it's safe to say these look horrifyingly "authentic," but the ingredient list seems wholesome. I'd eat it. I might even make it!

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:17 AM

girnd up the chicken and roll in a mix of potato flakes and crushed pork rinds. flatten the ball to the nugget thickness and roast in the oven untill toasted.

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E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on October 11, 2012
at 05:29 PM

"Nuggets" require a meat grinder and can be a lot of work. I make paleo chicken "tenders," which are just small chunks of chicken breast coated w/shredded coconut. Super easy!

In short: lightly coat chicken breast chunks in almond flour (which has salt and pepper added), dredge in beaten eggs, and then toss in unsweetened coconut flakes. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at about 425 for 15-20 minutes. You may wish to turn them once while baking. The key is to get the coconut slightly toasted, which may require manipulating the temperature and/or cooking time (based on the strength of your oven).

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 11, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Awesome. Thanks BJ!

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on July 31, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Chicken nugget recipe is a bit of work, but totally worth it. The awesome part about this is that there is really no way you can mess this up. Use herbs and seasoning you like, and amount of chicken is totally up to you too! This one's among my favorite gluten free recipes of all time. The chicken turned out crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, just as a chicken nugget should be. You must try this one http://www.instructables.com/id/Homeade-Paleo-Chicken-Nuggets-Full-Recipe/

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:51 PM

It looks like others have you covered on the chicken nugget recipes, and I don't know if your family is into more exotic chicken bits. If you aren't in a breading mood, on the rare occasion my mom would make them, my brother's and I would fight over pan-fried chicken gizzards.

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on February 01, 2012
at 02:14 PM

In the same vein as Happy Now's answer, will the kids eat chicken livers? Much milder flavor than regular liver, and already in a nugget shape!

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Coconuggets work ok, but the breading ends up pretty dry and chalky. This would be using egg and coconut flour in a two-part breading...

The other issue, is that sometimes the breading will not stick.

I've honestly found better luck in marinated and grilled chicken strips for my 7 year old. It's quite cheaper (not dunking a pound of coconut oil into a skillet for frying, nor using coconut flour), and the cleanup is MUCH easier.

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