Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 10:56am by Marianne

This may not be a traditional Italian meal but it is a great Paleo snack or meal that you can pop in the freezer for later use.
My homemade chicken nuggets are a hit with children.

See notes below recipe for an egg and nut-free version.

´╗┐Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Serves 4
For an *egg and **nut-free version see notes below recipe
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
For the nugget center
  1. 1 organic carrot
  2. 1 celery stalk
  3. salt
  4. pepper
  5. 1 tsp organic coconut flour OR 1/4 cup of almond meal mixed with 1 Tbls water (for binding)
  6. 500 g (1.1lbs) chicken mince
  7. 1 bunch of parsley
  8. 1 free range egg
For the nugget coating
  1. 1/2 tsp turmeric ground
  2. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  4. 1 cup of almond meal
For frying the nugget
  1. olive oil or ghee
  1. In a small food hand blender blend the carrot and celery until really fine
  2. In a food processor add mince, carrot and celery mixture, salt, pepper, parsley, coconut flour (or if your using the almond meal paste add this instead) and egg until all combined
  3. In a shallow dish add the almond meal, spices and mix together
  4. Place nugget sizes of mince into a ball and roll in the coating mixture and press down flat
  5. Heat ghee or olive oil in a frying pan and cook nuggets until golden on both sides
  6. Serve warm
  1. Place extra uncooked nuggets in a freezable tray container to keep in freezer for another day
  2. These nuggets go great with homemade mayo.
  3. If you want to avoid nuts try the 1 tsp coconut flour for binding.
  4. *Using chai seeds in replace of egg by combining ingredients below and left for approx. 5 minutes in a small bowl to make an egg like consistency. If you think you still need coconut flour to bind then go ahead and add it.
  5. -1 Tbsp Chia Seeds blended into a meal (using grinder or hand blender)
  6. - 3 Tbsp Water
  7. **Sunflower seeds blended for the coating replacing almond meal.
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Marianne found success with Paleo eating when she did a Whole 30 challenge with her husband in 2014. She hit her goal weight and improved her health and wellbeing. Marianne started giving Paleo makeovers to many of her families' traditional recipes and decided to share it with everyone on her Gusto Paleo blog.

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  • Todd

    I made an egg & nut free version of these today and the kids loved them. I replaced almond with sunflower seeds and egg with chia seeds.

    • Marianne

      Glad your kids enjoyed them!