Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

By Denise Nassar © 2012
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As busy parents, we often have to sacrifice quality and nutrition for convenience. As parents-on-the-run, fast food restaurants provide quick, inexpensive meals -- with a hidden price: the health of our loved ones. Unfortunately, multi-billion dollar marketing captivates the minds of our children. If you've ever driven past a set of golden arches and had your child beg you to go in and play in their magical playground, this scene will be all-too-familiar.

Fortunately, we now have a healthy version of one of the most popular items on the fast food menu, an item that has achieved icon-like status in the fast food world: the chicken nugget. While they may appear to be the healthiest item from most fast food restaurants, but they are often just ground-up, low-quality chicken filled with stabilizers, fillers, and preservatives ranging from wheat to dimethylpolysiloxane (a form of silicone used in cosmetics), not to mention the vegetable oil they are fried in that is often recycled.

According to a CNN report (, chicken is only about 50% of a McNugget; the remainder is a mixture of corn-derived ingredients, sugars, and synthetic substances.

Fear no more, these nuggets are nothing but baked chicken and a few other natural ingredients. Bake a big batch of these, freeze and then pop them back into the oven straight from the freezer, and you're set with a healthier nugget!


2 large chicken breasts
2 eggs
3 tbsps of arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp of cumin
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
1 tsp of garlic powder
Salt to taste
1 cup of almond meal
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 450

Cut the chicken into small nugget-sized pieces

In a bowl, combine the eggs, arrowroot powder, salt, and spices

Put almond flour in another bowl

Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture and then coat with the almond meal

Place onto a greased cookie sheet

Spray or gently brush with olive oil

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Turn and spray with olive oil.

Turn oven to broil and continue cooking until golden brown

Remove from heat and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!


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