Grain Free Chicken Nuggets!

Originally posted 2015-10-15 12:45:57.

I really just wanted to fool my kids! I hate going to the grocery store and spending so much money on breaded chicken things, and then having to make my own meal as well! So I really pinned a lot of hopes on this recipe and it really delivered!

Original recipe can be found here:


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1/4 C dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 Tbsp buttermilk or cream (I used cream)
  • 1/4 C tapioca starch (arrowroot is okay, which is what I used)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sale and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ( I finally bought some!)
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 C lard or coconut oil for frying (there are also baking instructions, which is how I made mine)

Step one is super easy, cut up your chicken into bite sized pieces and put them in a resealable bag. Pour the pickle juice in, mix it around a little bit and let it sit for about an hour.  I forgot about mine, and it sat for a while, didn’t seem to affect them at all!

Drain the pickle juice from the bag and then add your egg and cream/buttermilk, mash it around in the bag to ensure it is well mixed and then let it sit for another 5 mins.20150915_151053

While that is sitting, go ahead and mix up your spices in a bowl. Once your 5 mins is up, drain the bag of liquid again, they should be coated but not soupy. After draining add your dry spice mix to the bag and mix it all up until the chicken is all coated fairly evenly with everything.

Now the recipe then outlines instruction on how to fry them in the lard/coconut oil, but with the kids yelling because of hunger, I opted for the baking instructions since that doesn’t take as long.  I poured my chicken onto a baking sheet and baked them for 10 mins at 450F and then broiled for crispyness.  I am going to put a note here, use parchment pap20150915_164749er if you are using the baking method!! I used tinfoil for some reason, and it all stuck horribly to the pan, so I basically lost the bottom of each piece of chicken!

Even with pieces of the chicken stuck to the pan, it didn’t stop my family from gobbling them up and returning for more, which there was none! Next time I will make up a double batch for sure!! They are really great! We paired these just with regular old french fries, not the best choice by far but it sure beats the breaded garbage the kids really wanted from the store!


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I am a 29 year old from Pennsylvania. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two children both named after super heroes! A girl who is 4 and a boy who is 1. Most of my time is spent working, being a mom, and gaming.