Delicious Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets for Crispy Lovers

Are you tired of gluten-free chicken nuggets that are bland and uninspired? Fear not, my fellow foodies! I have a recipe for gluten-free chicken nuggets that will knock your socks off. These chicken nuggets are crispy, flavorful, and so easy to make.

Let’s face it, not all gluten-free foods are created equal. Sometimes the texture is off, or the flavor falls flat. But with this recipe, you won’t even be able to tell that they’re gluten-free.

These chicken nuggets are perfect for families with picky eaters or anyone looking for a healthier alternative to store-bought chicken nuggets. And the best part? You can make them in your oven or air fryer!

Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding a crowd, these gluten-free chicken nuggets will win everyone over. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional chicken nuggets? Look no further than these Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets! Packed with all the flavor and crunch of your favorite fast food chain nuggets, but without the added gluten or dairy, these nuggets will become your new go-to recipe.

Crafted with boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, these nuggets are coated in a mix of gluten-free flour and mayonnaise to create a crispy outer layer that will have you coming back for more.

But what makes this recipe truly special is its versatility. Whether you prefer to bake your chicken nuggets in the oven or cook them up in an air fryer, this recipe can be tailored to fit your cooking preferences. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not experiment with dipping sauces or alternate seasonings to create a flavor profile that’s uniquely your own?

And let’s not forget about the health benefits of this recipe. By using gluten-free flour and skipping out on the dairy, these nuggets are suitable for those who have dietary restrictions or simply want to improve their overall health. Plus, by making them at home instead of relying on fast food chains or pre-packaged alternatives, you have better control over the type and quality of ingredients used.

In short, there’s a lot to love about these Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets. From their addictive flavor and versatile cooking options to their health benefits and customizable nature, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Ingredient List

 These gluten-free chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
These gluten-free chicken nuggets are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you will need for this gluten-free chicken nuggets recipe. You will need:


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • Tyson or Applegate Farms chicken tenders (optional)


  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (e.g., rice flour)


  • 2 eggs


  • ½ cup milk (e.g., almond milk or oat milk)

Pickle Juice (optional):

  • ¼ cup pickle juice


  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Seasoned salt (optional)

It’s important to use the right ingredients to ensure that the chicken nuggets come out perfectly crispy and delicious. Don’t worry – you can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 Say goodbye to processed chicken nuggets and hello to these homemade, healthier nuggets.
Say goodbye to processed chicken nuggets and hello to these homemade, healthier nuggets.

Now that we have listed all the ingredients, it’s time to start cooking! Follow these simple steps to make your own Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets.

Step 1: Prep the Chicken

First things first, preheat the oven to 375°F. While waiting for the oven to heat up, cut two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces – about ½ inch cubes. You can also use chicken tenders or chicken fingers as an alternative.

Step 2: Prepare Wet and Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, beat two eggs together. In a separate bowl, mix together one cup of gluten-free flour (rice flour works best), one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, half a teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of black pepper.

Step 3: Dip and Coat Chicken Pieces

Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then coat it in the gluten-free flour mixture until it’s well-covered. Shake off any excess flour.

Step 4: Air Fry or Oven Bake

There are two ways to cook these chicken nuggets – air fryer or oven bake. For air frying, grease your air fryer basket with non-stick spray and place the chicken nuggets inside. Cook for 10-12 minutes at 375°F until golden brown and crispy. Flip halfway through cook time for even browning.

For baking in the oven, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the breaded nuggets on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Step 5: Serve Hot and Enjoy!

Once your chicken nuggets are done cooking, take them out of the air fryer/oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. These nuggets are great with ketchup or honey mustard dipping sauce on the side.

Now you have step-by-step instructions to make your own Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets. Enjoy being able to indulge in a classic comfort food while sticking to gluten-free and dairy-free diet restrictions!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs a drive-thru when you can make these gluten-free chicken nuggets at home?
Who needs a drive-thru when you can make these gluten-free chicken nuggets at home?

Are you looking to add a personal touch to our Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe? Here are some simple substitutions and variations to consider:

– Mayonnaise: For an even healthier option, substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or mashed avocado.

– Onion powder and Garlic powder: Similarly, fresh minced garlic and finely chopped onions can be substituted in place of the powders. Use 1 clove of garlic for every 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 cup finely chopped onions for every 1 tsp onion powder.

– Flour: Instead of using gluten-free flour, you can use all-purpose flour or coconut flour in the same amount. However, keep in mind that this will no longer make the recipe gluten-free.

– Air Fryer: If you don’t have an air fryer, don’t worry! You can bake these nuggets instead. Preheat your oven to 425°F and lay the nuggets on a parchment-lined baking sheet before baking for 10-12 minutes per side.

– Chicken Breast: While skinless chicken breast is our preferred choice for this recipe, chicken tenders or even thighs could be used instead. Just remember that cooking times may vary based on the cut of chicken.

– Pickle Juice: Chick-fil-A is known for marinating their chicken in pickle juice, but if you’re not into pickles, feel free to leave it out altogether.

Adding your own touch to this Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets recipe will give you a dish tailored just to your taste buds. Try these substitutions today and experiment with other variations until you find the perfect combination for you!

Serving and Pairing

 These tasty nuggets are made of simple and wholesome ingredients.
These tasty nuggets are made of simple and wholesome ingredients.

Once you have whipped up a batch of these crispy gluten-free chicken nuggets, trust me, they’ll be gone before you know it! These are a crowd-pleaser and perfect for a casual get-together or a children’s birthday party. You can serve these nuggets with your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, ranch, honey mustard, or barbecue sauce.

I recommend pairing these chicken nuggets with some crispy sweet potato fries or tater tots. The sweet and savory combination is irresistible! A side of coleslaw or roasted vegetables can also bring freshness and balance to the plate.

To keep things healthy, you can serve these nuggets alongside some salad greens tossed with vinaigrette dressing. For a heartier meal, sandwich the nuggets between two slices of gluten-free bread or buns with lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

For those who love spice, add a dash of hot sauce into the mix. If you want to go all out, make some buffalo chicken dip and use these nuggets as dippers!

Overall, these gluten-free chicken nuggets are versatile and pair well with many sides and snacks. So get creative and enjoy them your way!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make a big batch and freeze them for a quick and easy snack or meal.
Make a big batch and freeze them for a quick and easy snack or meal.

Once prepared, these gluten-free chicken nuggets can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you’d like to freeze them for future use, you can store the cooked nuggets in an airtight container or bag for up to a month. Before freezing, make sure to cool them down completely.

When reheating, you can either air fry them at 380°F for 4-5 minutes or bake them in the oven at 375°F until they are heated through and crispy. I wouldn’t recommend microwaving as it would make them chewy instead of crispy.

For optimal results, it’s recommended that you cook only what you will consume as freshly made nuggets tend to taste more flavorful and crispy. But for those times when you don’t have time to prepare a fresh batch, reheating these gluten-free chicken nuggets is just as simple and they still taste great!

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won't believe how easy and straightforward it is to make these gluten-free chicken nuggets.
You won’t believe how easy and straightforward it is to make these gluten-free chicken nuggets.

If you’re looking for perfectly crispy and delicious gluten-free chicken nuggets, then look no further than these pro tips. Here are my tips for getting the best results from this recipe:

1. Use boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces. This will ensure that the chicken cooks evenly and quickly.

2. Use gluten-free flour, such as rice flour, for the coating. This will give the nuggets that crispy, breaded texture without any gluten.

3. For extra flavor, season the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper before coating.

4. Dip the chicken pieces into a mixture of beaten eggs and mayonnaise before coating them in the flour mixture. This will help the coating to stick and give an extra layer of richness to the flavor.

5. If you want to make these nuggets even healthier, try using an air fryer instead of frying in oil.

6. Don’t overcrowd the cooking surface – this will prevent the nuggets from getting crispy and golden-brown all over.

7. To keep the cooked nuggets warm without overcooking them, place them on a wire rack set over a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 200°F until ready to serve.

By following these easy tips, you can guarantee that your gluten-free chicken nuggets will be crispy and flavorful every time.


Now, for the FAQ section. You might already have some queries bubbling in your mind as you read through the recipe. In this section, I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions regarding the Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe. Read on to clear any doubts you might have before getting started with cooking!

What are gluten free chicken nuggets made of?

This recipe comprises chicken breast with rib meat, combined with a mixture of rice flour, yellow corn flour, and brown rice flour. The breading is set in vegetable oil and contains natural flavor, salt, sea salt, soybean oil, spices, sugar, yeast extract, cocoa powder, corn starch, dried garlic, dried onion, and extractives of paprika to accentuate the flavor.

Is Chick-Fil-A fried chicken nuggets gluten-free?

When it comes to gluten-free options at Chick-fil-A, it’s worth noting that grilled nuggets are a safe choice for those avoiding gluten. However, it’s important to steer clear of the breaded and fried chicken nuggets to avoid gluten intake. On another note, if you’re a fan of Chick-fil-A’s flavorful sauces, you’ll be pleased to know that all the sauces, including the popular Chick-fil-A sauce, Polynesian sauce, and barbeque sauce, are all gluten-free.

Are McDonald’s nuggets gluten-free?

Unfortunately, the coating of the Chicken McNuggets contains wheat flour which makes them unsuitable for those who are on a gluten-free diet.

Are there gluten free chicken nuggets?

Looking for a tasty and gluten-free snack? Try out the Applegate Naturals® Chicken Nuggets! These nuggets are great to eat as is, but they also go well with your go-to dipping sauce.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free chicken nugget recipe is a perfect option if you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful meal to enjoy. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this dish can be made in no time at all.

Aside from being gluten-free and dairy-free, these nuggets are also much healthier than the deep-fried fast food variety. You can feel good about feeding this to your family knowing that you’re serving them a nutritious and delicious meal with no artificial flavors, preservatives or unhealthy additives.

So try out this recipe at home and experience how easy it is to make crispy and juicy chicken nuggets without sacrificing taste or health. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to the fast food version again. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Delicious whether you are avoiding gluten or not. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 399.9 kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 cups Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup gluten free plain potato chips
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Cut chicken in nugget sized pieces.
  • Add all dry ingredients into a large Ziploc bag and crush until smooth.
  • Place mayonnaise (egg wash could be used here as well) in a bowl.
  • Dredge chicken through the mayonnaise until thinly coated and place into Ziploc.
  • Shake coating over chicken and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake until cooked through and golden brown, around 20 minutes.

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Serving: 254gCalories: 399.9kcalCarbohydrates: 13.8gProtein: 50.2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2.3gCholesterol: 145.6mgSodium: 686.8mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 0.1g
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