Homemade Chick-fil-a Nuggets Recipe (Grain-Free, Paleo)



For the marinade:

  • 2 pounds of chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice (I used Bubbies)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or use 1/2 cup coconut milk and 2 tablespoons lemon juice)

For the breading:

For frying:


  1. Place the chicken, pickle juice and buttermilk in a large bowl. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Place the almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot, gelatin, paprika, sea salt, garlic power, black pepper and cayenne in a large baking dish. Toss gently to combine. Crack the eggs into a pie plate and whisk in 2 tablespoons water. Dip a few pieces of the chicken first into the flour mixture, then the egg, then the flour again. Set the coated chicken on a large plate while you coat the remaining pieces.
  3. Place the tallow or lard in a large pot or Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat to 350ºF on a candy thermometer (this will take about 10 minutes).
  4. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 250ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position.
  5. When the tallow is at 350ºF, carefully place 8-10 chicken pieces in the hot oil. Fry for about 2 minutes, or until they’re golden brown on the bottom. Using a pair of tongs, flip the chicken pieces. Cook until the other side is golden brown, about 2 minutes. As you finish the chicken pieces, place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place the sheet into the oven to keep the chicken warm while you cook the remaining pieces. Serve hot.