My kids are typical kids and they love chicken nuggets. The only problem is we need them gluten free and the store bought nuggets aren’t affordable. We have tried many brands and even splurged on the frozen ones from time to time, but we always come back to THE BEST Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets.
I get overwhelmed and look for shortcuts when I can find them, but the last time I bought a bag of Tyson Gluten Free Chicken Tenders I counted them out. These were the big tenders and there were 9 – 10 in a bag for $8. Yes, EIGHT DOLLARS!
Just to remind myself the healthy doesn’t have to cost a ton, I wanted to see how many nuggets I could make with 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. I get my chicken from Zaycon Fresh and love it! The breasts are really large, sometimes almost a pound. If you watch they have coupon codes and you can snag chicken for as low as $1.49/lb. So let’s just say I cut up 2 lbs of chicken (although I don’t think it was that much). I got an entire platter full of nuggets for $3 plus my time and breading.
PS: If you are new to Zaycon Fresh and want to check them out you can use coupon code NEW22 and get 22% off your first order!
These nuggets are up there with Chick-Fil-A in our opinion. They do take a little while to make when you pan fry them, but if you have a big fryer it should take you no time. I typically make a double batch and freeze the extras so we can have a quick meal another night of the week. Oh, and if we serve them to guests no one has any idea they are gluten free! You really can’t go wrong with the best gluten free chicken nuggets EVER!
The Best Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Yield 50-60 Nuggets
- 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast; cubed
- 2 cups gluten-free baking mix (I used Aldi's)
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- dash of pepper
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup water
- vegetable oil for frying
- Heat oil in a large skillet or deep fat fryer to 350-375 degrees F.
- While oil is heating in a bowl whisk the egg and water together to create an egg wash.
- In another bowl mix gluten free baking mix, seasoning salt, and pepper.
- Take the cubed chicken pieces and coat them in the flour mix, then dip them in the egg mix, then back in the flour for a final coat. Do this with all of the chicken pieces. Set aside until oil is hot.
- Once the oil is hot, drop the chicken into the oil one at a time careful not to overcrowd the pan. You may have to fry them in batches. Fry them until golden brown and cooked through, a couple minutes per side.
- Drain them on a paper towel and serve.
You can fry these nuggets ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Just allow them to cool completely before putting them in a gallon Ziploc bag. When ready to cook, heat oven to 400 degrees and spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10-15 mins or until heated through.