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: 0gProtein: 44.6g
Tried this recipe? Give us a shout at @keto_in_pearls or tag #keto_in_pearls!
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.

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37 thoughts on “The Best Keto Chicken Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Copycat)”

  • Well, I like these,, but my kids took one bite and refused to eat any more, and my husband is a little iffy on them too. I think the flavor of the pork rind coating just isn’t quite neutral enough to be enjoyable for my family. Pity, because I think these nuggets are pretty good, and they look beautifully appetizing. I let the chicken marinate in the salty kosher dill pickle juice for a full 24 hours, and I loved the flavor it imparted to the chicken.

    • Try using nut crumbs. I find them on Amazon because I don’t like the taste of pork rind crumbs either..

  • I am going to make these tonight for my daughter since she loves nuggets but can’t have nuts. Question on freezing them. Would you do that before or after you bake them?


  • I’m not a fan of pork rinds instead I used Mambi Pork Cracklin Strips Chili Lime. These are the best Keto nuggets I have ever.

  • So good! Will double recipe next time so I can have left overs for lunch. Had these with a salad and dinner was complete! Thanks so much!

  • We really enjoyed these and your sauce with a side of Brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic. My grandson called it an “excellent meal.” High praise indeed! Thank you.

  • I’m really not a fan of the taste of pickles. Can you think of anything else I might use to “brine” the chicken? Crossing my fingers as these really look great!

    • The nuggets don’t taste like pickles, for what it’s worth. It’s just a good salty way to brine the chicken. I can’t offer a substitute in this particular recipe as I haven’t tested different brines.

  • Do you think I could use almond flour instead of pork rinds? My husband doesn’t like the flavour of pork rinds.

    • Almond flour would not produce a nice crispy coating so I would not suggest it. For what it’s worth, I don’t like pork rinds either but when used in this way, you don’t notice them.

  • I made these today followed exact directions, marinated the chicken in pickle juice for 2 hours. I cooked mine in an air fryer 10 minutes on 380 degrees. They were amazing!! crispy and flavorful, we made a mock chick fil a sauce as well and are in chicken tender heaven! Thank you!!

  • Holy moley these are OUT OF THIS WORLD! I don’t ever need a chick fil a nugget again. I want to eat a tray of these!

  • I don’t eat pork and I keep seeing keto recipes that use these pork rinds. What is a good alternative??

    • You see pork rinds often because they’re zero carb and are a great alternative to crunchy panko bread crumbs. There is not a substitution for this particular recipe.

    • They also have chicken rinds or fry chicken skins. Try to look for those. Don’t know if they sell them in your area, but check out amazon. They come in chip forms so You will probably have to crush them up yourself.

  • The nuggests turned out great. Even my husband and my son likes it. I brined the chicken for 30 minutes. I will make this again. Also the sauce was good too.

  • This is absolutely amazing. I do not usually comment but I had to let you know how amazing this sauce is. Thank you for sharing

    • The nutrition information is approximate and provided as a courtesy. The protein grams account for the protein found in the chicken, egg, and pork rinds. It’s always best practice to plug your specific ingredients into a nutrition app, such as Keto App or MFP, to generate the most accurate macros given your ingredients used.

  • I think I like these better than real CFA nuggets! I made mine with BBQ pork rind crumbs in the air fryer, and dipped them in your CFA sauce (which, to be honest, I only used mayo, sf BBQ sauce and mustard in). Delicious!

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