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Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets with Almond Flour

Make your own Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets and they’re South Beach Diet Friendly! Or check out my updated Low-Carb Baked Chicken Nuggets with Mustard, Almond, and Parmesan. Use Kid Friendly Recipes for more recipes your kids will eat!

South Beach Diet Friendly Chicken Nuggets with Almond Meal found on KalynsKitchen.com

[Edit 2018: I came up with this version of chicken nuggets back in 2014, but nowdays I’d prefer my Low-Carb Baked Chicken Nuggets with Mustard, Almond, and Parmesan. But this version does have some fans so I am leaving it here for those who like it; take your choice!]

I’m not a mom who’s trying to feed kids while sticking to a carb-conscious diet, but if I was, I’m guessing I’d be even more excited about this way of making chicken nuggets with “breading” that doesn’t have any carbs. The inspiration for the recipe came from my lovely friend Bonnie who adapted a recipe that used Bisquick into a South Beach approved version using Almond Flour (affiliate link).  Bonnie’s having great success on South Beach, trying out a new way of cooking and eating that she says she knows she will stick to for the rest of her life, and this chicken recipe is one of her great experiments. (Thanks Bonnie!)

I do think there are lots of other seasonings that might taste good in the coating for these nuggets besides the paprika and poultry seasoning I used in this recipe. If someone comes up with a good variation, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

I used a pack with just two chicken breasts to test out the recipe, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. Start by cutting each chicken breast into 5 same-size pieces, trimming off any fat or tendons. (I save those scraps you see in the back for making homemade chicken stock.)

Then use a meat mallet (affiliate link) or something else heavy to pound the thicker pieces of meat so they’re all about the same thickness.

Mix together almond flour (affiliate link), paprika, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, to make a meal to dip the nuggets in. Coat each nugget piece with this mixture, pressing it on so it sticks.

Brush a baking sheet liberally with olive oil and preheat the pan in a 400F/205C oven, then lay the coated nuggets on the baking sheet.

After about 8-10 minutes, turn the nugget pieces so they will brown on the second side.

Cook nuggets about 10-12 minutes more on the second side, until they’re lightly browned and cooked through. Serve hot.

Make it a Meal:

Some good low-carb side dishes for this would be Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts, Spicy Mexican Slaw, or even Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini Rounds with Cheese if you’re making it for kids.

More Tasty Ideas with Baked Chicken:

Chicken Stuffed with Green Chiles and Cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Chicken Nuggets from Macheesmo
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Dijon Mustard and Ancho Chile Pepper Sauce from Cookin’ Canuck
Parmesan Chicken from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Alex’s Favorite Baked Chicken Mediterranean from Gluten-Free Goddess
Easy Recipe for Baked Pesto Chicken from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets with Almond Flour
(Makes two servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled, recipe inspired by Bonnie’s baked chicken with almond meal.)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1-2 T olive oil (enough to generously coat the baking sheet)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp. paprika (not smoked or hot)
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Turn on the oven to 400F/205C. Brush a baking sheet liberally with olive oil and put the pan in the oven to heat as the oven preheats.

Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken breasts, then cut each breast into 5 nugget pieces (or more if you have a very large breast.) Use a meal mallet or something heavy to pound the thicker nugget pieces so they’re all the same thickness. Combine the almond flour, paprika, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper in a bowl, mixing together well. Dip each nugget piece into the almond meal mixture, pressing on with your fingers so it coats the chicken. Coat all the nuggets before you remove the baking sheet from the oven.

When all nuggets are coated, lay them on the hot baking sheet and cook 8-10 minutes, or until the side touching the pan is lightly browned. Remove pan from oven, turn nuggets, and bake 10-12 minutes more on the second side, until nuggets are lightly browned and cooked through. (Don’t overcook.) Serve hot, with mustard or ranch dipping sauce if desired.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets with Almond Meal is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    89 Comments on “Low-Carb Chicken Nuggets with Almond Flour”

  1. We have loved this recipe for years. How do you think it could work in an Air Fryer?

  2. Hi Janet Miller,
    Sorry, but I can't publish a comment with a link in it (otherwise my comments get over-run with spam comments.) But I did want to answer your questions here. These are crispy, but not in the way that flour-batted deep-fried nuggets are. I'd say try them as nuggets and see what you think as a base for Parmesan Chicken. (Personally I think it would be a winner.)

  3. Thanks Bryana, so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I was hesitant about using almond meal as I never used it before. This recipe just blew my mind and being on Phase 1 I was looking for new ideas. My boyfriend even said this recipe puts fast food to shame and wants this to be made more often! I love them too and I think will be a good football meal as well. Thank you for sharing your ideas! I am sending my family members to your site.

  5. Shirley, glad you enjoyed it. I'm thinking I need to try a version with pork!