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Grain Free Chick-fila-A Nuggets

I used to love Chick-fila-A's nuggets over their small side salad but had no idea what the ingredients were in these little gems! Oh my gosh, no wonder I was sick for so long with migraines, etc. Someone at our church has a young daughter who was also told she is allergic to gluten/wheat so I’ve been speaking with and encouraging him about this, sharing recipes, etc., and he just told me she recently ate some Chick-fila-A nuggets and was really sick! She loves them so much and I did too but have not eaten them or any fast food in over 9 years! So determined me set out to google these nuggets and found several grain free recipes. I’m sharing the one I plan to make below.

According to Russ Crandall with Primal Palate -  here’s the ingredients in Chick-fila-A nuggets.  You decide if you want this junk in your body or your kid’s body!  The MSG alone gives me a terrrible headache!  They use it for flavoring and it’s addictive!  Hmmm, no wonder I had such a hard time giving these up!  Not anymore gang!!  Teehee!  Where there’s a will there’s a way! 

100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika]), milk wash (water, egg, nonfat milk), peanut oil (fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added)

Here’s the recipe I plan to make from Steph below at Stupid Easy Paleo.

And according to her readers this recipe is a huge hit!  Kid’s gobble them up and so do people who are not even gluten free or eating grain free!  You can use a salt and water brine if you do not like pickles.   I happen to love pickles and apparently that is the real secret to this recipe’s closeness to Chick Fila’s nuggets! They brine their chicken in pickle juice!  Who would have thought? I’ve always brined my chicken and wings in the salt water.  You also need to brine the chicken pieces at least 4 hours. 

Ok I’m off to buy some chicken breast, from Whole Foods without all the antibiotics, hormones, corn and junk in it!  Pasture raised!  Every time I eat chicken from HEB I get sick! Look at kids today too who are reaching puberty at like age 9 and 10 and some even earlier!    Go figure! 

Soon as I have these made will post my photos! Meantime you are welcome to visit Russ or Steph's website to see their photos of these little delicious morsels! 


Preparation 20 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Serves Serves 2 to 3     adjust servings



  1. Cut the chicken breast into large chunks, and put it in a ziptop plastic bag. Pour the pickle juice into the bag. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (I kept it in overnight).
  2. After it’s done marinating, pour the pickle juice out of the bag.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the beaten egg and coconut milk. Pour that into the bag and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the spice mix.
  4. In another small bowl, mix the coconut flour, arrowroot flour, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion power and garlic powder.
  5. Open the bag and drain out as much egg / coconut milk as you can. It doesn’t have to be completely dry because you want something for the spice mix to stick to.
  6. Pour the spice mix into the bag, close the top, and really massage it into the chicken. This may take a minute or two but you want all the pieces to be evenly coated.
  7. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil until the oil is very hot. Add a single layer of chicken (being careful not to crowd it) to the pan and fry on each side for about 3 minutes or until it’s completely cooked through. It took me two batches to cook one pound of chicken.

by Steph at


Have fun eating this much healthier version of Chick-fila-A nuggets!  Have with a side salad and some Paleo ranch dressing, or some grilled veggies or this delicious Faux Tater Salad (guess what the main ingredient is?) I promise you will not miss the potatoes!  

XO.... Gluten Free Lady


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