Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets or Crispy Chicken Burgers

Crispy outside tender inside.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: 1 hour

Cook time: 11-15 minutes

Total time: 1 – 1/2 hours

Makes: 23 nuggets, or 4 chicken burgers, or 46 popcorn chicken nuggets.


⁃ 1 lb. Ground Chicken Meat

⁃ 3/4 tsp. Salt

⁃ 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder, Granulated

⁃ 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder, Granulated

⁃ 1/4 tsp. Sage Powder

⁃ A few cranks of Pepper

⁃ 1 Lg. Egg, beaten

⁃ 1/4 Cup Parmesan, Shredded

⁃ 1/4 Cup Pork Panko or (Gluten Free Bread Crumbs or Panko for non gluten free)

Breading for Nuggets

⁃ 1 – 1/4 Cups Pork Panko or (Gluten Free Breadcrumbs or Panko for non gluten free)

⁃ 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)

⁃ 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika

Additional ingredients:

⁃ 1 Cup of Avocado Oil for frying

Dipping Sauce of choice, or try mine listed below.


1.) Preheat oven to 400•

2.) Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

3.) Add the first 9 ingredients to a large bowl, and mix until well combined.

4.) Add Breading ingredients to a large plate, mix until combined and set aside.

5.) Use a small cookie scooper to scoop out balls, and place 1/2 the balls, on top of breading mixture. Make roughly 1/2 inch thick nugget shapes, and roll into breading mixture. Repeat with second half of chicken mixture, and place on parchment papered cookie sheet.

7.) Freeze for at least 1 hour.

6.) In a frying pan heat Avocado Oil over medium-high heat. Fry for a 3 minutes on each side and place onto a clean cookie sheet and bake at 400•for an additional 5 minutes. (Check with a food thermometer to make sure chicken is fully cooked 165• is cooked through.)

7.) Serve with dipping sauce of choice.

Dipping Sauce:

– 1/2 Cup G. Hughes SF Hickory BBQ Sauce

– 1-2 teaspoons of Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce. (Thank me later. 😆)

Mix it up.
Scoop chicken mixture onto Panko mixture and make into nugget shapes.
Freeze for at least 1 hour.
Fry in some avocado oil.
Bake for 5 minutes, check for doneness.


💙 You can prepare ahead of time by freezing nuggets on cookie sheet until frozen then, place in a freezer bag and cook from frozen.

💙 If you’re making these for kids, I would omit the cayenne pepper in the breading.

💙 You can also make these into crispy chicken sandwiches instead of nuggets. Recipe can make 4 Chicken Burgers.

💙 You can also make them into smaller popcorn chicken size, just adjust your baking time for both of these versions.

💙 Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3 days and reheated at 400• degrees for 10 minutes flipping once.

💙 I like to serve these on a salad or just as nuggets with some dipping sauce.

💙 If you’re not gluten free or keto/ low carb feel free to substitute with your favorite gluten free breadcrumbs or if gluten isn’t an issue it will also work with regular Panko. If using a seasoned breadcrumb adjust your seasonings.

Chicken nuggets in an almond flour wrap.

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