Homemade Chicken Nuggets (gluten-free)

When we first went gluten free, I tried and discarded many chicken nugget recipes. They all called for chunks of chicken, coated in something, then fried. That just didn’t cut it for my texturally sensitive little guy that disliked most meats! Somewhere along the way, I believe in a library book, I saw the concept of grinding up the chicken first. Voila! Now, we have a chicken nugget that more closely mirrors the real thing when you bite into it!

Please note that this recipe is extremely adaptable. At one point in our allergy saga, I eliminated almost all of the ingredients and was just making little nuggets of mostly ground chicken with some salt and pepper. You can also sub out the potato chips for a gluten free flour mix, but the chips give it that extra yummy taste.

First you’ll need to gather your ingredients:

  • 3/4 to 1 bag of plain potato chips
  • 5 to 6 chicken breast tenders (3/4 to 1 lb)
  • 1/2 of a small apple or pear
  • 1 slice of gluten free bread, plain muffin or pancake (optional)
  • 1/16 to 1/8 tsp garlic or onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat a thin layer of oil in a frying pan until around 325 to 350 degrees.

Crush the potato chips in your food processor, set aside. Cut the chicken and apple into chunks, tear your bread into pieces, adding them to food processor bowl along with salt, pepper, and any spices. Process until you have a smooth puree.

Here, you can cut the nuggets into shapes with cookie cutters (somewhat time consuming) or you can do like I usually do and make balls of the puree, flatten into a nugget shape, then roll in potato chip crumbs to coat.

Drop these in your preheated oil and cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve!

These freeze and reheat wonderfully, the only problem is that my kids and husband eat them as fast as I make them!

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14 Responses to Homemade Chicken Nuggets (gluten-free)

  1. Mandi says:

    What does the apple/pear do to the chicken mix?!?!

  2. Denise says:

    I need to try this. I can’t tell you how many different recipes I’ve tried. My son doesns’t like meat, either, but grinding it sounds like a great solution! The apple or pear is really interesting, too. Guess what I’m making tomorrow?? ;) Thanks!

  3. Thank you very much for sharing this! My son has recently love to eat nuggets, but we are o GFCG diet so this a god sent! We’ll be on a picnic lunch tomorrow and this sure will be one of the dish. Many thanks =)

  4. Cathy says:

    I am always looking for EASY gluten, milk, and soy free recipes and this one sounds so good. Thank You and I look forward to more posts like this.

  5. Lindsey says:

    OMG, these are wonderful! I’m totally reposting you. I have never made chicken nuggets like this and you are a genius. Thank you so much and so happy I found your blog!!!

  6. These sound great and as I have some allergy to some things, it will be excellent to have something to try that I know is ok.

  7. Aleathia Braun says:

    If you freeze them to make ahead, do you cook them for less time the first time. them cook them again in oil when you reheat them??

    • Jan says:

      Hi Aleathia! I fully cook them the first time & reheat in the microwave. However, I think you have a great idea. You’d want to make sure they were fully cooked inside, but just lightly brown. When we buy the Applegate Farm brand of gluten free chicken nuggets, we reheat them in the oven/toaster oven on a baking sheet. That could probably work for these as well. I haven’t tested that, but I will next time I make some!

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