These Keto Chicken Nuggets are about to change the way you think about eating low carb! They are made with a blend of canned chicken, seasoning, cheese, almond flour, and egg, and they have a light coating of crushed pork rind to give it a crispy exterior.
Keto Chicken Nuggets are super easy to make. Easily portioned, and everyone in the family loves them. They can be oven baked, air fried, or cooked right in the skillet, whatever your preference may be!
Effortless Easy Keto Recipes
I love sharing effortless, easy keto recipes to share that the entire family will enjoy, whether they are keto or not. For me, this is easy as I do live mostly keto myself, but my son's family (who lives with me) do not.
They are always willing to taste test my keto recipes and do a great job of letting me know if I should share the recipe with my readers or not! These Keto Chicken Nuggets got the double thumbs up for 4 others in my home. I would say this one is a winner!
Making Boneless Wings Keto Style
I will be the first to admit. I love crispy deep fried bone in buffalo chicken wings but I hate cooking in oil. So when I want bone in wings, I will make this Air Fryer Chicken Wing recipe.
However, I love breaded boneless wings also, and I didn't like the fact that I couldn't get them keto friendly whenever I ate out, or would look to buy them in the grocery store.
I've seen several different versions of keto chicken nuggets made with canned chicken floating around on tiktok and that is when I decided I was going to try my hand at it and give it my own flair.
One of the things that is loved most about a boneless wing or chicken nugget is the breading. Those tiktok versions weren't giving a breading option. But, because I made boneless chicken wings in the air fryer with chicken tenders and crushed pork rinds, my mind got to thinking.
After several attempts, I finally came up with the perfect combination of ingredients. Coated the nuggets with crushed pork rinds, and baked. I was not disappointed!
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Part-skim mozzarella cheese
Crushed pork rinds
Small cookie scoop or tablespoon
Large mixing bowl
Small mixing bowl.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the canned chicken, almond flour, mozzarella cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder until well incorporated.
Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out a portion and shape into the shape of a nugget.
Place the ground pork rinds in a small mixing bowl. Dip each chicken nugget into the crushed pork rinds, coating all sides. Place the nugget on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spritz a light coating of cooking spray on top of the nuggets.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until crispy, flipping the chicken nuggets over half way thru.
Alternate Cooking Methods
Air Fryer: This was my daughter in laws favorite version. She said they had more crunch. So, if you like super crispy, this is the way to go. Just follow the instructions in the recipe card pretty much the same for the air fryer, and be sure to flip them half way and spray with cooking spray before putting them in the air fryer.
Skillet: These can be shallow fried with a little bit of olive oil. Heat a cast iron skillet until hot, add a tablespoon of olive oil, and fry the chicken nuggets 2 minutes on each side, or until browned and hot on the indside.
Microwave: not recommended
💭 Top Tips
- Be sure to drain the canned chicken well.
- Before mixing any of the ingredients into the chicken, break the chicken pieces up with a fork.
- For best rests and obtain crispy chicken nuggets, be sure to use cooking spray on the cookie sheet and spray the tops of the nuggets before baking. Do not use foil, parchment paper, or silicone mats.
- If not using pre crushed pork rinds, use a blender or food processor to crush the pork rinds.
- Use plain or different flavored pork rinds as the coating (be sure there is no sugars involved in the making of these).
- Stir in 1 tbs of hot sauce or sugar free barbecue sauce to the nugget mixture.
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Keto Chicken Nuggets
- 12.5 ounce canned chicken drained
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup crushed pork rinds
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, combine the canned chicken, almond flour, mozzarella cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder until well incorporated.
- Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out a portion and shape into the shape of a nugget.
- Dip each chicken nugget into the crushed pork rinds, coating all sides. Place the nugget on a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spritz a light coating of cooking spray on top of the nuggets.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until crispy, flipping the chicken nuggets over half way thru.