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These easy Paleo Keto Chicken Nuggets are fantastic for any night of the week for the family. These are picky kid approved and I’ve provided an air fryer option to cook as well! Just 4 main ingredients plus spices and you’ve got a delicious batch of chicken nuggets to enjoy or prep ahead and freeze if you prefer.
Paleo Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets aren’t just for kids. If you love easy recipes that require just a few ingredients and that the whole family will eat, this recipe is for you! After I posted my recipe for myOven Fried Cheesy Chicken Nuggets everyone went wild and loved them. The only problem is that since that recipe contains cheese, many people who are dairy free, including my own daughter, could not enjoy them. I was determined to make these paleo chicken nuggets just as tasty and I have conquered and won! These nuggets are even easier then my orginial since I went with using already ground chicken instead of grinding chicken breast. Of course you can still do that if you prefer since it is less expensive then buying ground chicken. Either way, this recipe is a winner with my whole family and I believe you’re going to love it as well.
Carnivore Chicken Nuggets
If you’ve not heard about the carnivore diet, it’s simply a direction the keto diet movement has made. It’s an elimination diet that really does help many who have autoimmune or other conditions, heal their body through simple eating of protein and salt. Some include dairy as well. This recipe can be carnivore by removing the seasonings I used and using full fat cream cheese. I’ve tested these keto chicken nuggets both ways, using regular cream cheese as well as using dairy free cream cheese to keep them paleo and both were successful.
Tools to Make Keto Chicken Nuggets
Stand Mixer– Using a stand mixer is efficient for these keto chicken nuggets because it helps blend everything so quickly.
Large Cookie Scooper-The batter will be sticky and soft so using a cookie scooper to drop the meat mixture into the outer coating is a great way to decrease having the mixture stick to your fingers. Once you drop in the meat mixture, roll it around a bit and coat it, then pat and shape into a nugget.
Baking Sheet Pan-You will need two large baking sheets for these since this paleo chicken nugget recipe makes over 2 dozen.
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Keto Paleo Chicken Nuggets (Optional Carnivore)
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Keto Paleo Chicken Nuggets (optional Carnivore)
- 2 pounds ground chicken
- 8 ounces dairy free cream cheese (I used Kitehill) For Carnivore- use full fat cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp onion powder optional for carnivore
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder optional for carnivore
- 1/4 tsp paprika optional for carnivore
- 1/4 tsp cayene pepper optional for carnivore
- 1 tsp sea salt I use Redmond's
- 1/4 tsp black pepper optional for carnivore
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease two large baking sheet pans. Set aside.
Place all the ingredients, except the outer coating, into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Blend until well combined. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Whisk the coating ingredients together in a shallow bowl.
The mixture will be soft and sticky. Use a large cookie scoop or measure 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture. Drop and roll into the coating mixture and pat all around to coat the chicken and shape into a nugget.
Make 28 nuggets. Bake 15 minutes, flip over and bake another 10 minutes or until nicely browned.
Air Fryer Option
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. You will need to cook in batches and place about 12 nuggets onto the grate of the air fryer. Cook for 10 minutes then flip them over and cook another 5 minutes. Continue with remaining nuggets.
Above Nutrition info is for using dairy free cream cheese for a paleo diet.
Here is the nutritional info for using full fat cow's milk cream cheese for a carnivore diet and no seasonings except sea salt:
Calories per serving: 439
Total Carbs: 2g
Total Fat: 31g
Sat Fat: 13g
Vit A: 559 IU