Baked Chicken Nuggets (Video)
Low-carb and Keto Baked Chicken Nuggets are flavored with mustard, almond, and Parmesan and served with your favorite Ranch dipping sauce. These chicken nuggets are kid-friendly and delicious and this is a meal the whole family will enjoy!
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For today’s Friday Favorites pick I’m reminding you about these favorite low-carb and Keto Baked Chicken Nuggets that I’ve made so many times since I first came up with the recipe. Of course, I’m always updating older recipes with better photos that show off the food more effectively, and when I make an older recipe again I can’t stop myself from improving it! And that’s what happened when Kara and I worked on this one.
We discovered that using Parchment Paper (affiliate link) to cover the pan when we baked them made a big difference in keeping the chicken nuggets from sticking to the pan. We also used finely ground Almond Flour (affiliate link), which helped the coating stick better.
And although the baked chicken nuggets looked a bit messy when they were cooking, we absolutely loved these tasty pieces of chicken! And if you’re a mom who’s trying to follow a lower carb eating plan and looking for things the kids will eat, I promise, you’ll love this recipe! If you wanted to serve some raw veggies to go with the nuggets and dip, that might make a healthy and kid-friendly dinner!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Dijon Mustard (affiliate link)
- white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link)
- Garlic Powder (affiliate link)
- Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link)
- Parmesan cheese
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
What Dipping Sauce did we use for this baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe?
We served the low-carb Baked Chicken Nuggets with Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip, which was perfect with the chicken.
More Low-Carb Dipping Sauces for Baked Chicken Nuggets:
If you wanted some more options for tasty dipping sauce for the chicken you could try Greek Yogurt Dip, Southwestern Ranch Dip, Tzatziki Sauce, Remoulade Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce, Double Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce, or Sriracha Dipping Sauce.
Want more options for low-carb baked chicken?
Check out Low-Carb and Keto Baked Chicken Recipes for lots more options for tasty oven dinners made with chicken.
How to Make Baked Chicken Nuggets:
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- Trim chicken breasts and pound until they are close to an even thickness and not much more than 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut the pounded chicken breasts into nuggets.
- Mix mayo, Dijon mustard, white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link), water, Garlic Powder (affiliate link), and Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link) to make the marinade; then put the chicken into a Ziploc bag and let it marinate 3-4 hours or all day in the fridge. (You could cut up the chicken and mix the marinade the night before and keep them in the fridge; then just add the the marinade to the bag before you go to work or leave for the day.)
- When it’s dinner time, dump the chicken into a colander placed in the sink and let the excess marinade drip off while the oven heats.
- Line the sheet pan with Parchment Paper (affiliate link).
- We used a Food Processor (affiliate link) to buzz together the Parmesan cheese, Almond Flour, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper, but you can just mix it with a fork if your almond flour and Parmesan is finely ground.
- One at a time, dip nuggets in the almond flour mixture and place on the parchment paper.
- Bake nuggets without turning for 12-15 minutes or until they’re starting to get browned. Then turn then and cook about 10-12 minutes more. Total cooking time will be 20-25 minutes, depending on your pan and oven temperature.
- Serve Low-Carb Baked Chicken Nuggets hot, with Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip, or another dip of your choice. (See more dipping sauce ideas above.)
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
The baked chicken nuggets would taste great with Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Feta, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad, Marinated Zucchini Salad, Sugar Snap Pea Salad, or Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta for a tasty low-carb meal!
More Tasty Baked Chicken:
- Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms
- Greek Chicken Bake
- Baked Buffalo Chicken with Melted Blue Cheese
- Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
- Easy Baked Pesto Chicken
Baked Chicken Nuggets
These tasty low-carb and Keto Baked Chicken Nuggets are kid-friendly and delicious and this is great for a family-friendly low-carb dinner! Serve with your favorite Ranch or dipping sauce.
- 4 very large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 T mayo
- 2 T Dijon mustard (see notes)
- 1 T white balsamic vinegar (see notes)
- 1 T water
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
- 4 T Parmesan cheese (see notes)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (see notes)
- Trim any undesirable parts from chicken, then put each chicken breast into a Ziploc bag and pound with a meat mallet (affiliate link)(or something heavy) until the chicken is an even thickness, not much over 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut the chicken breasts into nugget-size pieces.
- Whisk together mayo, Dijon, white balsamic vinegar, water, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.
- Place chicken strips and marinade in plastic bag and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours or as long as all day.
- When ready to cook, dump chicken into a colander placed in the sink so the excess marinade runs off and let chicken come to room temperature while you preheat oven to 450F/230C.
- If needed, use a food processor to finely grind the almond flour (affiliate link), Parmesan, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper, and put coating in large flat bowl. (If your almond flour and Parmesan are both finely ground you can probably just stir it together with a fork.)
- Cover baking sheet with Parchment Paper (affiliate link).
- Dip each chicken piece into coating, turning to coat both sides, and arrange in single layer on baking sheet.
- Bake without turning for 12-15 minutes, or until the chicken is starting to look a little brown on the top.
- Then use metal turner and go under each piece of chicken to carefully turn each piece.
- Cook 10-12 minutes more on the second side until chicken is well browned and cooked through.
- Total cooking time will be 20-25 minutes, depending on your pan and oven temperature.
- Serve hot.
- If you’re reheating this in the microwave, be careful not to overcook or it will get dry. It is definitely best reheated in a hot pan or toaster oven.
If you don't like Dijon, use any mustard that appeals to you.
Use slightly less than 1 T white vinegar if you don’t want to buy white balsamic vinegar just for this.
Freshly grated Parmesan is best, not the kind that comes in a can. Parmesan is salty so I didn't use much salt.
Recipe adapted from Cooking New American.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 30g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I’d consider these Baked Chicken Nuggets to be a good option for any low-carb or Keto eating plan, and also for all phases of the original South Beach Diet. For the South Beach Diet, be sure to consider the almond meal as your allowance of nuts for the day if you’re eating this for phase one.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The tasty baked chicken nuggets were first posted in 2008! The recipe was updated with new photos in 2016, and it was last updated with more information in 2023.
80 Comments on “Baked Chicken Nuggets (Video)”
I'm not sure how this would work without almonds. If they can eat other types of nuts, I'd grind up some peanuts or cashews and use in place of the almonds. It may work without doing that, but I can't really say for sure.
Can I leave the Almonds out of the recipe? The people I want to cook it for don't eat them.
Nicole, not sure I have tried this cold, but I'm thinking I would like it too!
This is one of my absolute favorite South Beach Diet dinners!! It's delicious! I like having some in the fridge left over for a (small) snack the next day…I think it's yummy cold (though I might be the only one). 🙂 Thanks, Kalyn!
Cristy, you can definitely do that. The almonds won't be quite as finely ground, but I think it will still be good.
I couldn't find almond meal at our little store here in podunk ha ha! Is there any other way I could make this? Perhaps just put some almonds in my food processor with the parmesan?
Kayln- I cooked this dish for my family last night and they ALL loved it. My little sister said it doesn't even taste like "diet food". Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this site! It makes the SB lifestyle A TON easier!
Cody, thanks and glad to hear you're enjoying the blog.
I cooked this dish last night for my family and they all loved it! My husband and I just started South Beach and when I found your blog I wanted to cry! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this blog! It's so well organized and everything is easy to find. Loved this recipe and will be visting here again to find more!
Hi Kalyn, I've eaten these little darlings with the green salad you've sugested…they are TRULY wonderful! I cannot tell you have glad I am finding your lovely site!!!It's an Aladdin's Cave!
Rachel, glad you liked them!
I made this recipe last night and it was so easy to make and very tasty. I took the suggestion of one of your other posters and made it on a wire rack (sprayed with cooking spray!) on a foil-lined cookie sheet. My only recommendation is to still turn the chicken strips over as your recipe suggests as the bottoms didn't get browned like the top. I turned them over and they lost a bit of the coating, but it wasn't too a great loss. We'd definitely make them again. Thanks again for your great recipes!
Kayln, thanks for all of your great recipes! We're giving this one a try tonight.
Laura, you're so welcome. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you're enjoying the blog.
Wow this was delicious!! One of my new favorite dinners. I've been following your blog for a while but only recently did I actually start the diet and this has been the best thing I've tried yet! Your blog has really made it so much easier, thank you!
Lauren so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking time to let me know.
Yum! I made these chicken strips for dinner tonight, and they were delicious!!! I can’t wait to make them for company!
Kerry, great idea! I haven’t seen that in Cook’s Illustrated, but I think I’ll try it too.
Tried this last night and my husband really liked it. Smelled so good while it was cooking but I think I would have liked it better if it had more time to marinate.
Next time I’ll try the Cook’s Illustrated method of baking on a wire rack over the rimmed sheet pan and bake without flipping it. It really did lose a lot of the coating when I turned the pieces.
This is so lovely, Kalyn. I have tried to avoud bread nowadays, and this would make a perfect substitution for breadcrumb!