Ground Chicken Nuggets (GF Option)

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I came across a wonderful recipe recently for chicken nuggets that suggested the brilliant idea of grinding up the raw chicken before making them into nuggets. Brilliant, I tell you! They are so much less dense and more kid-friendly!

I did some tweaking to health-ify the recipe. If you want beautiful foodie pictures that make you lick the computer screen, I suggest you head over to My Humble Kitchen. In the meantime, here’s my rendition. 

Ground Chicken Nugget Recipe using Zaycon chicken and gluten free bread

Ground Chicken Nuggets

  • 4 large chicken breasts (we use Zaycon chicken!)
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 3-4 cups regular or gf breadcrumbs (see more gluten-free options below)
  • 3 eggs (or flax eggs)
  1. Grind the chicken in a food processor. I used the meat grinder Kitchenaid attachment. I don’t care who you are, grinding up raw chicken meat is gross. Moving on. 
  2. Add garlic salt and parsley flakes and mix well. 
  3. Form into nuggets, dipping into whisked egg mixture and then coating with crumbs. Place in an oiled baking pan. 
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. I broil the last 3-4 minutes on high to crisp it up a little. You may want to flip them halfway through, but I have yet to muster the energy for that. 
* Flax eggs: When you run out of eggs or just want to add flax to your diet, this is a great option. For each egg to sub for, mix 1 tbsp flax with 3 tbsp warm water. Mix well and refrigerate for 15 min to an hour. 
You can also freeze these raw or pre-cooked with great results. Bake frozen nuggets for 25-30 minutes and pre-cooked ones 15-10 minutes. 
Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
We are going to gluten-free route most days. Here are the gf breadcrumb substitutes I have collected so far. Anything to add? 
  • Breadcrumbs made from store-bought gf bread (Just blend them – this is what I did)
  • Finely crushed corn flakes
  • Crushed rice cereal
  • Crumbled gluten-free corn bread
  • Corn starch and cornmeal at a 2:1 ratio
  • Finely crushed potato or corn chips
  • Store-bought gluten-free breadcrumbs
Go make these chicken nuggets! A friend of mine made it after I told her about it and it was a big hit in her home too. I think we’ve found a winner!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thank you! Can’t wait to try.

  2. Finally tried and they are good! I used the flax eggs and corn flakes for the bread crumbs. Since I used a food processor to pulverize the chicken, I added a couple leaves of Kale.

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