KFC-style paleo chicken nuggets

From what I can gather, everyone seems to love KFC. I did too when I was a kid. So long ago that KFC used to deliver. But I can’t stand the stuff these days. Still, people love it. Maybe it’s that the Colonel has a certain allure with his top-secret herbs and spices? Well… Sorry, Colonel, I’m about to blow the lid on that. I’ve managed to finally perfect a KFC-style batter that is so delish, my husband need never crave KFC again. And it’s paleo-friendly! Introducing my KFC-style paleo chicken nuggets!

Gluten free chicken nuggets your kids will love
These nuggets are grain-free, gluten-free and highly addictive!

For the purpose of this post (and last night’s dinner), I’ve made this mix with nuggets, because the kidlets seem to be strangely attracted to them. Put a large, crispy, tasty, fried chicken strip in front of my two year old and he doesn’t want to know it. Make cutesy bite-size pieces of chicken and he’ll shove them in his mouth so fast that, frankly, I’m scared he’ll choke.

I’d love to hear what you think of these. They’re perfect with a simple side of coleslaw. You could add some home-made chips too.

KFC paleo chicken nuggets
Terrible photo. Delicious nuggets.

KFC-style Paleo Chicken Nuggets

You’ll need:

  • 800 grams chicken breast, skin off, cut into bite-size (nugget-size!) pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of tapioca starch
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chilli (optional – my kids are fine with it, but if you’re making this for little ones and they aren’t fans of heat, feel free to leave it out)
  • Duck fat for frying

Mix together all ingredients except for duck fat and chicken. Place the chicken in the batter, making sure all the pieces are coated well.

Heat the duck fat in a large frying pan. You want a good layer of fat – we’re almost going to deep fry these babies. But don’t worry – duck fat is a healthy fat to cook with.

Lift individual pieces of chicken out of the batter with a fork and allow the excess batter to drip off. Cook the chicken in batches over medium-high heat, for about 4 minutes on either side, making sure the outside is nice and crispy. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve with coleslaw, home-made chips, with a salad or on their own with a dipping sauce!

Do you need more bite-size protein ideas? Check out these Greek lunchbox meatballs – yummy hot or cold!

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