Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets (deep fry or air fried)

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

fried keto chicken nuggets on a platter

 

 

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 for 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.

They also make a great addition to any appetizer tray or a healthy snack when you need more sustenance.

Note: Keto chicken nuggets are gluten-free. Check the ingredients you use in your kitchen to make sure as I know ingredients can vary between manufacturers.

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 made 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 for 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! I add garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the coconut flour. 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 thoroughly. 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 to stay crisp. 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 are 100% keto-approved and grain-free. You can use almond flour OR coconut flour. My daughter is very allergic to tree nuts, so we always use coconut flour! If you wish, you could also change up the ingredients of your coating by mixing in Parmesan cheese or 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 keto chicken 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 frozen, they will take a little longer to heat up.

How to cook keto chicken nuggets in the air fryer

  1. Instead of coconut flour, I would suggest pork panko (crushed pork rinds) for the best results.
  2. Follow the rest of the recipe regarding seasonings and breading instructions.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.
  4. Spray both sides of each nugget with cooking spray
  5. Being careful not to crowd the nuggets; place a few at a time in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  6. Air fry the nuggets for 5-6 minutes or until the outside is crispy.
  7. Turn over, spray the other side with cooking spray, and cook until the nuggets are crisp.
  8. Make sure to check the internal temperature of the keto air fryer nuggets. They should be 165 degrees F. Keep in mind cooking time varies depending on what air fryer you use, how many pieces of chicken you air fry at a time, and the nugget’s size.

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:

More keto chicken recipes:

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Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets {keto/low carb}

Every mom knows that a good fried chicken nugget recipe is a must when you have kids at home! My Keto Fried Chicken Nuggets are so easy, delicious, and perfect for lunch or 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 you are 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.
How to cook keto chicken nuggets in the air fryer
  1. Instead of coconut flour, I would suggest pork panko (crushed pork rinds) for the best results.
  2. Follow the rest of the recipe regarding seasonings and breading instructions. 
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees. 
  4. Spray both sides of each nugget with cooking spray
  5. Being careful not to crowd the nuggets; place a few at a time in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 
  6. Air fry the nuggets for 5-6 minutes or until the outside is crispy.
  7. Turn over, spray the other side with cooking spray, and cook until the nuggets are crisp. 
  8. Make sure to check the internal temperature of the keto air fryer nuggets. They should be 165 degrees F. Keep in mind cooking time varies depending on what air fryer you use, how many pieces of chicken you air fry at a time and the nugget's size. 

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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collage of keto fried chicken

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38 Comments

    1. I did not include that info for this recipe as it was impossible to figure out with so much left over oil from frying, the breading, and the egg wash.

  1. I absolutely love these — thank you so much for the recipe. I must make these once a week – they are so easy and I always have all the ingredients.

  2. I’m not sure what you are asking. Besides dipping it in the egg mixture then the flour before frying I didn’t do anything else.

  3. Kasey ~ I feel the need to tell you how much I appreciate your generosity.
    Going keto 6 months ago changed my kitchen completely. Without your lovely recipes and guidance, I am not sure that I could have maintained this lifestyle.
    Having your recipes at my fingertips makes it safe for small children to walk past me while eating a sugar-laden chocolate chip cookie (mostly.) lol
    I now have a nice arsenal of “specialties” to allow my husband and me to eat healthy, tasty food. (Being a supportive spouse, my always-thin husband eats keto with me; he’s even lost some weight, darn him!) Getting off the sugars is hard, but there is reward when my grown son remarks that he has never seen me so thin – and he’s right. I currently weigh less than when I became pregnant with him 48 years ago!
    I owe my renewed health to you. Thank you and may Our Creator continue to bless you and yours.
    Betsy

    1. Besty, I am speechless. Thank you so very much for taking the time to comment with such encouraging and supportive kind words. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. I am so proud of you and your hard work! May God bless you and your family.

    1. I’ve only tested it as is, but I’m sure almond flour would work just fine. Another great option is crushed pork rinds. I tried that last time I made them and it was delish!

    2. I was going to do pork rinds but my husband convinced me they would just make a soggy mess.

    3. Sam, Your husband is wrong if you do this in an air or deep fryer. Pork rinds make less mess (pre-coat with beaten egg) and don’t stick to a fry basket!

  4. Can you use another oil besides Coconut oil? I don’t like the coconut flavor it gives when using it in recipes.

    1. There are other keto friendly oils you could try like avocado oil or lard, but I’ve only tested it as is.

    2. Danielle, just get some refined coconut oil. It has zero flavor!! You can usually find this at Walmart and/or TJMaxx, Marshall’s, and Ross for a fraction of the price!

    3. REfined coconut oil has no flavor or aroma of coconut. I could never remember which was which so this is my trick: REfined = REmoval of cocount flavor and aroma.

    1. I did not include that info for this recipe as it was impossible to figure out with so much left over oil from frying, the breading, and the egg wash.

  5. Being highly allergic to all nuts, it was particularly happy to see a keto recipe that I don’t have to wonder what to do for a substitute. l’m very new to keto and really appreciate this.

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