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The Best Keto Chicken Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)

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These copycat Chick-Fil-A keto chicken nuggets are going to be your family’s new favorite comfort food! Plus, they’re gluten free and nut free for our friends with allergies. These zero carb keto chicken nuggets are a very family friendly keto recipe!

Zero carb keto chicken nuggets are grain free and nut free. A keto Chick-Fil-A copycat chicken nugget perfect with sugar free keto Chick-Fil-A sauce.


Chicken nuggets will always be one of my favorite foods.

No matter how strong my keto game is, Chick-Fil-A is my kryptonite.

Even though I still eat them on occasion, I desperately wanted to create a copycat keto chicken nugget.

So, how did I accomplish that?

I thought you’d never ask.

If you love Chick-Fil-A as much as I do, then you’re going to flip out over these low carb chicken nuggets.


Keto chicken nuggets with sugar free chick-fil-a sauce


zero carb and nut free keto chicken nuggets

Not only are these nuggets keto and low carb, they’re grain free and nut free too!

One caveat to eating a grain free and gluten free diet is the prevalence of nut flours. 

With the abundance of nut allergies these days, I know many parents who struggle to feed their children nut free low carb recipes.

As a content creator, it’s discouraging to receive emails asking if there is a substitute for almond flour because so and so has a nut allergy. 


I always feel so terrible having to reply “no” to those emails.  

That is why I am so happy to report that these low carb nuggets contain zero nut flours!

don’t forget some keto chick-fil-a sauce for dipping


a nut free and kid friendly recipe

When my son started preschool last year, he was not allowed to bring anything with nuts in his lunchbox. 

That presented quite the challenge for me as the mom of an incredibly picky eater who only liked peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables. 

I didn’t want him to starve at school so truth be told, I started running through the Chick-Fil-A drive thru and getting him chicken minis with a fruit cup to throw into his lunchbox because I knew it was “safe” for school.


don’t forget some keto chick-fil-a sauce for dipping

When I came up with this keto chicken nugget recipe, of course I had my picky threenager try them.

He chowed down and I did the silent mom dance. Yeah, you know which one I’m talking about.

All three of my kids, each of whom have very different palettes, enjoyed these grain free chicken nuggets.



4 ingredient chicken nuggets with lower carbs than before

As a blogger evolves in her career, one thing she realizes is the importance of quality photos and writing.

Because we’re in the middle of our back-to-school celebration, I thought this was the perfect time to update this old post.

When I was updating the photos and adding the video, I also decided to try and lighten up the carbs and calories. 

In fact, in updating this old recipe, I was able to make these zero carb keto chicken nuggets! 

Omitting the arrowroot flour was key!



The chicken nuggets will still hold onto the breading and get crisp in the oven, just like a proper nugget should.

If you have an egg allergy, you can also omit the egg and the recipe works just as well!

These keto chicken nuggets can be made ahead of time and either refrigerated or frozen to eat later. 

Don’t forget to serve them with some keto copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce and dairy free coleslaw too

The Best Keto Chicken Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)

The Best Keto Chicken Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)

Yield: approx. 30 nuggets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Brine Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Zero carb keto chicken nuggets are grain free and nut free. A keto Chick-Fil-A copycat chicken nugget perfect with sugar free keto Chick-Fil-A sauce.


  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice (from jar) for brining.
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5 cups (6 ounces) crushed pork rinds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch pepper


    1. Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch nuggets.
    2. Transfer to a large ziplock bag and add pickle juice to the bag. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes up to overnight. The longer, the better.
    3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line large baking sheet with a roasting rack and set aside.
    4. In food processor, pulse the pork rinds until they are a crumb consistency. Transfer to a small bowl.
    5. Add the spices to pork rinds and fluff with a fork. Transfer the pork crumb mixture to a fresh plastic bag.
    6. Remove chicken from the fridge and transfer to new ziplock bag. Discard the juice.
    7. Add the egg to the chicken and squish around so that all of the chicken is coated.
    8. Use tongs to transfer the chicken nuggets to the bag with the pork mixture. Seal the bag, squish with your hands, and make sure all of the chicken is heavily coated.
    9. Transfer the nuggets to the baking sheet. Place them in a single layer.
    10. Bake for 20 minutes.
    11. Serve with sugar free Chick-Fil-A sauce or sugar free ketchup.


261 cal/9.4g f/0.1g c/44.6g p

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: about 6 nuggets
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 9.4gCarbohydrates: 0.1gNet Carbohydrates: 0.1gFiber: 0gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 44.6g

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Originally published 9-27-2017

Zero carb keto chicken nuggets are grain free and nut free. A keto Chick-Fil-A copycat chicken nugget perfect with sugar free keto Chick-Fil-A sauce.


Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Just an FYI, you may already know this by now but the substitute for almond flour is sunflower seed flower. It’s a 1-to-1 substitution in place of almond flour for people who can’t eat nuts.


Friday 18th of February 2022

Can anything elese be used instead of pickle juice? I can't stand pickles.

Anna Hunley

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Since this is one of the main ingredients here, there really isn't a substitute. I can assure you that the nuggets don't taste like pickles. ;)


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

These were amazing! So juicy. Did use an air fryer. 400 degree for 12 minutes and they were perfect!


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

I hate pickles, does this make the chicken taste like pickles?

Anna Hunley

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Not at all!


Tuesday 11th of May 2021

I made these nuggets last night for the first time. They were delicious!! Having some leftovers on a salad today. :)

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