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Whole30 chicken nuggets Chick-Fil-A style with Chick-Fil-A sauce

Whole30 Chicken Nuggets Recipe (Paleo, Chick-Fil-A Method)

This Whole30 chicken nuggets recipe is inspired by the method used at Chick-Fil-A for super tender and flavorful nuggets with a creamy, smoky, lightly sweet dipping sauce. This Whole30 chicken recipe produces paleo chicken nuggets that are crispy and tender and just perfect.
Prep 1 hour
Cook 5 minutes
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Recipe Makes (Approximate): 4


For the Whole30 Chicken Nuggets

  • 2 large chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds, cut into bite-sized chunks)
  • ½ cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • refined coconut oil or avocado oil (for frying)

For the Chick-Fil-A-Sauce


For the Whole30 Chicken Nuggets

  • Combine chicken breast chunks and pickle juice in an air-tight container or large plastic bag. Refrigerate at least one hour, preferably overnight, tossing every so often.
  • Pour beaten egg in a shallow bowl. Whisk together flours, tapioca starch, and spices in another shallow bowl. 
  • Drain chicken from pickle juice. Dip chicken pieces in egg then coat in flour mixture. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
  • Heat a thin layer of refined coconut oil or avocado oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chicken nuggets in batches until golden brown and cooked through. This will take about 5-6 minutes total. Do not overcook! Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

For the Chick-Fil-A Sauce

  • In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together all ingredients.
    If you are on a Whole30, use only 3 tablespoons coconut aminos. Skip the 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon coconut aminos in the ingredients list.
    If you are NOT on a Whole30, skip the 3 tablespoons coconut aminos. Use 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon coconut aminos.
  • Chill sauce mixture until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approximately 4 servings of nuggets and 4 servings of sauce. Actual number of nuggets yielded will vary based on the size of the chicken breasts and the size of the chunks you cut them into.
Nutritional values shown reflect information for one serving of nuggets with the Whole30 version of the Chick-Fil-A sauce. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands of ingredients used.
If you're tracking your macros or following a certain diet, be sure to use the information for your specific ingredients. The nutritional values shown here are simply a guideline and may not be accurate for what you actually consume.
To determine the size of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed, then weigh the entire recipe when finished. Divide the total weight (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Nutrition Information (Approximate)

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 510calProtein: 32gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 1561mgPotassium: 485mgTotal Carbs: 23gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 15gVitamin A: 382IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg
Recipe By: Cheryl Malik