Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets

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Every mom knows that a good fried chicken nuggets recipe is a must when you have kids at home! My Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets are so easy, delicious, and perfect for lunch or even dinner! Add this to your low carb recipe collection to keep everyone happy!

Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets with sauce in a white dish

 

How To Make Low Carb/Keto Chicken Nuggets

These keto nuggets are a simple and healthier way to please your entire family! They are dredged in a seasoned flour coating, then fried, making them super crispy, which is a must when it comes to chicken nuggets! I use coconut flour for the breading, so these are low carb and 100% keto-friendly, but if you do not like coconut flour, you can surely use almond flour or crushed pork rinds, aka pork panko, to coat your chicken instead.

raw chicken breasts cut into nuggets

Step 1: Cut the boneless skinless chicken breasts, tenders, or thighs into nugget sized bites. I used poultry shears, which makes the job much easier.

eggs and heavy whipping cream in a shallow plate for keto fried chicken

Step 2: Crack 3 eggs in a shallow bowl or dish and add heavy whipping cream. Whisk it up before allowing your chicken to soak a few minutes.

flour and seasoning for breading low carb fried chicken nuggets

Step 3: Seasoning makes a huge difference when making chicken nuggets keto-friendly, so don’t be shy with your spices! To the coconut flour, I add garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. You can add any other spices if you wish!

chicken dipped in egg and heavy whipping cream for keto fried nuggets

Step 4: Make sure that all of the chicken is coated well in the egg and heavy whipping cream mixture. This helps the coconut flour stick better.

bite size chicken dredged in flour and seasoning mixture

Step 5: Dredge each chicken nugget in coconut flour and coat completely. Doing this in batches is easiest. Do not overcrowd your pan.

keto chicken nuggets deep frying in a cast iron skillet

Step 6: Using a candy thermometer, heat your coconut oil (or avocado oil) to about 335 degrees F before adding the chicken. I deep fry the chicken in four separate batches to make sure the chicken cooks evenly without absorbing too much oil. You want the exterior to be a deep golden brown.

A plate of keto fried tenders with a hand dipping a piece in sugar free bbq sauce.

Step 7: Cook your chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Immediately place your fried nuggets on a paper towel or wire rack, so they stay nice and crispy. Serve warm!

keto fried chicken nugget with a bite taken out of it and keto bbq sauce

Keto-friendly nugget breading

The breading I use for these nuggets is 100% keto-approved and grain-free. You can use almond flour OR coconut flour. My daughter is very allergic to tree nuts, so we use coconut flour almost always! If you wish, you could also change up the ingredients of your coating by mixing in Parmesan cheese or use pork panko instead.

How to freeze nuggets:

Prepare your nuggets as the recipe says and allow nuggets to cool completely. Then, add the chicken nuggets inside a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and remove as much air as possible. You can safely freeze them for up to 3 months.

How to reheat nuggets

Reheating your keto nuggets is simple. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then lay the nuggets on a baking sheet and bake for 10-20 minutes or until they are warmed through. If they were frozen, they will take a little longer to heat up.

Keto-friendly dipping sauce options:

Keto Ketchup

Homemade Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Keto Ranch Dressing

Keto Honey Mustard

What to serve with your keto nuggets:

Cheesy Asparagus Casserole Keto Recipe

Southern Green Beans {Keto Friendly/Low Carb}

Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Easy, Creamy, & Delicious

Loaded Broccoli {keto/low carb}

How to Make Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets:

Keto Baked Fried Chicken with sauce in a white dish
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Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets {keto/low carb}

Every mom knows that a good fried chicken nuggets recipe is a must when you have kids at home! My Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets are so easy, delicious, and perfect for lunch or even dinner! Add this to your low carb recipe collection to keep everyone happy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Keto Fried Chicken
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken cut into small pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • enough oil for frying - I used coconut oil, but you can also use lard or avocado oil.

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into bite-size nuggets.
  • In a bowl, combine eggs and heavy whipping cream. Stir until combined.
  • In a shallow pan, add chicken nuggets to the egg/heavy whipping cream mixture and set aside.
  • On a large plate, add coconut flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix with a fork to combine.
  • Individually, dredge each piece of chicken into the flour mixture.
  • In a skillet, heat about an inch of coconut oil until it reaches 335°F. I used a candy thermometer to help.
  • Drop chicken in hot oil and turn over after 3 minutes and fry on the other side. Each batch took approx 4-5 minutes to cook but could vary depending on the size of your chicken. Do not overcrowd your frying pan as it will reduce the temperature of the oil, and the breading won't stick as well. 
  • Once each batch is done, remove from the oil, and place nuggets on top of a paper towel or frying rack to absorb excess oil, then fry the next batch until your finished frying all your chicken.
  • Optional: Sprinkle a little extra salt on top of each batch as you put it on the paper towel for added flavor.

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Notes

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate as it is hard to determine exactly how much of the oil the nuggets absorb when frying. It is based on dividing the nuggets into 5 equal sized servings. 
How to freeze your nuggets:
Prepare your nuggets as the recipe says and allow nuggets to cool completely. Then, add your chicken nuggets inside a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and remove as much air as possible. Then freeze for up to 3 months.
How to reheat your nuggets
Reheating your keto nuggets is simple. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then lay your nuggets on a baking sheet and bake for 10-20 minutes or until they are warmed through. If they were frozen, they will take a little longer to heat up.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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keto nuggets with a bite taken out being dipped into bbq sauce

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I know you are going to love my easy keto fried chicken recipe, but you’ll want more variety in your meal plan. Check out our complete list of amazing recipes in my Keto Recipe Index. You can see a few more of my favorite kid-friendly keto recipes linked below!

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  1. Is the nutritional info for the whole recipe or divided by 5? 15g of carbs is almost the daily total of only 20g allowed..

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