Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets


Chicken nuggets is a gluten-free recipe that’s been on my bucket list for a long time – yes, I have a recipe bucket list, what can I say? 

The thing is, if you’re a mom with very active children who are keen on “helping” you cook everything, you want to keep it simple. Super, super simple. 

Gluten-free chicken nuggets are surprisingly easy to make, and SO good!  So long McDonald's!

With that in mind, these gluten-free chicken nuggets, as simple as they are, are the most complicated lunch I’ve make in two weeks. It took me – I mean, us – roughly ten minutes to prep these nuggets for baking, and 20 minutes in the oven. And then of course another ten minutes to photograph them – but you won’t have to worry about that. 😉 

That’s longer than it takes to open a package of pre-cooked, frozen nuggets, but this recipe is arguably healthier, and I dare say, much tastier. 

gluten-free chicken nuggets recipe

And of course, it gets even better, because you can easily make a large batch, flash freeze them on cookie sheets, and store them in heavy zip-top bags in the deep freezer. Voila! Homemade convenience food for busy days!

Our favorite version of this recipe is with boneless, skinless chicken legs and thighs, but if you’re a white meat lover, feel free to use boneless, skinless chicken or turkey breasts instead. 

I always dip my chicken nuggets in ketchup, but today, I was out so I decided to be brave and try ranch dressing. As much as I like ranch, the thought of dipping chicken in it didn’t appeal to me. But surprise, surprise, It’s actually pretty good! If you’re a fellow ranch lover, homemade ranch dressing is definitely the way to go.

gluten-free chicken nuggets recipe

Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1/3 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning or salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or water


Preheat oven to 400º

  1. Cut chicken into 1/4 inch thick pieces about 1.5 inches around. 
  2. Mix flour and cajun seasoning together.
  3. Liberally grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
  4. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture. 
  5. Beat egg and add water.
  6. Dip chicken pieces into water, and re-dip into flour mix one at a time.
  7. Arrange pieces of chicken onto greased cookie sheet so that they aren’t touching.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the nuggets are turning golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven. Cool a bit, and serve with desired dipping sauce.


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