Homemade Chicken Nuggets (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Heather Dessinger

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Quick homemade chicken nuggets #paleo #glutenfree
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I’ve marinated and battered and rolled my way through a few (okay A LOT) of chicken nugget recipes over the years. They’ve all been delicious, but not necessarily practical when I’m pressed for time. So a few months ago I “cheated” by skipping several steps in one of our favorite recipes. And you know what? No one noticed. They gobbled them down and asked for more.

I’m always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen, so I made some minor adjustments to my “cheat” experiment and voila! We had a new, faster family favorite. If you have a big, well-seasoned cast iron pan, you can probably have the whole batch done in about 15-20 minutes.

My kids love dunking these homemade chicken nuggets in this five minute homemade ketchup recipe or homemade ranch dressing. I usually add some extra veggies to their plates to dip in the ranch along with a small baked potato or something similar and dinner is done. Cleanup is easy, too!

Quick homemade chicken nuggets #paleo #glutenfree
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Homemade Chicken Nuggets (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 625kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • large frying pan
  • sharp knife
  • small mixing bowl
  • tongs



  • Slice chicken breast into 1 inch chunks.
  • Combine arrowroot flour, paprika, salt and onion powder in a small bowl.
  • Add coconut oil to a large frying pan until it’s about 1/8 inch deep. Heat pan over medium-high heat.
  • One-by-one, toss the chicken pieces in the flour mixture until fully coated.
  • Add chicken to the heated frying pan using tongs. Fry until golden brown on each side and cooked through the center. I usually pull one out and cut it down the middle to check.
  • Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing.


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Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 97g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 2276mg | Potassium: 1823mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3251IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.