keto chicken nuggets

Keto Chicken Nuggets

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free chicken nuggets, keto chicken nuggets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Lisa MarcAurele
Kids won't complain when served these gluten-free low-carb chicken nuggets! They taste just as good or better than regular ones and are perfect for dipping.
Print Recipe


  • 1.25 pound chicken thighs about 3
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil for frying


  • Cut the chicken into nugget sized pieces, about 1 inch square. Set aside.
  • In small bowl, combine the coconut flour, salt, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Set aside.
  • Beat the eggs in another small bowl. Then dip the chicken pieces into the egg and then coat with the coconut flour mixture.

Baking with Frying Method

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and top with a baking rack.
  • Place coated nuggets on a baking rack over a sheet pan.
  • Bake nuggets in preheated 400°F oven for 15 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking, pour avocado oil in a frying pan and heat to cooking temperature.
  • After nuggets are done baking, fry each side in oil until golden brown.

Air Fryer

  • Brush avocado, coconut, or olive oil on the basket. Place coated nuggets in a single layer in the basket.
  • Air fry nuggets at 360°F for 15 minutes or until outside is golden brown.



Although you can choose to only bake or only fry the nuggets, I've found the combination of both gives the best results for a coconut flour coating. This method is also preferred over air frying, especially because more fat is added by cooking in oil.


Serving: 4nuggets | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Net Carbs: 2 g | % Carbs: 3.3 % | % Protein: 36.7 % | % Fat: 60 %


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