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Author: Christina Eleton
December 17, 2020

"Chick-Fil-A” Chicken Nugget Recipe (Gluten-Free)

These Chick-Fil-A nuggets are made with only "good for you" ingredients at the fraction of the cost!

What kid doesn’t LOVE Chick-fil-A nuggets? I mean, what grown up doesn’t love-em? Besides being tasty, they are just so fun to eat.  But you know what’s even better? Making these little bites of goodness yourself. 

For one, I can make a ton of these nuggets at the fraction of the cost, and secondly, I have control over the ingredients that are gonna keep me feeling good afterwards.  

Let’s take a look at Chick-fil-A’s ingredient list...

Chicken-Fil-A Nuggets ingredients...

Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breast meat nuggets, salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika, enriched bleached flour [with malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika], pasteurized nonfat milk, pasteurized egg, fully refined peanut oil [with dimethylpolysiloxane {an anti-foam agent} added]).

Are you still with me?? Yeah, I know, that’s a ton of ingredients.  I see a lot of issues here, monosodium glutamate, soybean oil, peanut oil, bleached flour, and sugar just to name a few.  How in the world are we suppose to feel good or even be productive for that matter after filling our bodies up with these ingredients. 

My Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nugget Recipe

Well anyway, you get the point, so let’s get to the good stuff.  My Chick-Fil-A nugget recipe only has ingredients that not only taste good, but will leave your body feeling like it’s suppose to.

What You Need To Make These Chicken Nuggets

When in comes to frying chicken, or anything for that matter, I like to use avocado oil. Fried foods get a bad rap, but it's mainly because of the unhealthy oils and flours that are used.

  • organic chicken
  • pickle juice
  • almond milk
  • tapioca flour
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne powder
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • avocado oil

How To Make These Chicken Nuggets

  • In a bowl, brine chicken by soaking in pickle juice.  Cover and  refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Whisk egg and milk together in a medium size bowl. Mix together flours and spices in another bowl and set aside.
  • Drain pickle juice from chicken. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then coat in flour mixture. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chicken in oil in small batches, turning to cook evenly, browning on both sides. (I use two cast iron skillets).
  • After browning chicken, finish cooking in a 350 degree oven until you reach the desired brownness of the nugget you are looking for, usually 15 to 20 minutes.  This step allows you to cook the chicken thoroughly without over cooking and helps the nuggets to be tender.
  • Take out of the oven and drain on cooling rack or paper towel.

You won't believe how incredibly easy these nuggets are to make yourself. The best part, you don’t have to settle for an eight count, go all out and serve yourself up a twenty count,...you deserve it.

"Chick-Fil-A" Chicken Nugget Recipe (Gluten/Grain & Dairy-free)

Author: Christina Eleton
Chick-Fil-A nuggets made with only "good for you" ingredients at the fraction of the cost!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Brining Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 2 iron skillets

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, brine chicken by soaking in pickle juice.  Cover and  refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Whisk egg and milk together in a medium size bowl. Mix together flours and spices in another bowl and set aside.
  • Drain pickle juice from chicken.
  • Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then coat in flour mixture. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chicken in oil in small batches, turning to cook evenly, browning on both sides. (I use two cast iron skillets).
  • After browning chicken, finish cooking in a 350 degree oven until you reach the desired brownness of the nugget you are looking for, usually 15 to 20 minutes.  This step allows you to cook the chicken thoroughly without over cooking and helps the nuggets to be tender.
  • Take out of the oven and drain on cooling rack or paper towel.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If you are in a time crunch or forget to soak your chicken in the pickle juice brine, you can always pour the pickle juice to the pan after browning chicken on both sides...right before putting in the oven. This will give lots of moisture and flavor. One more thing, a cast-iron skillet is a must...trust me, it just takes these over the top!
Keyword Chick-Fil-A, chicken, nuggets, Paleo, Whole30
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