Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Is there some universal law that kids must love chicken nuggets? I don’t think I’ve ever met a kid who didn’t enjoy those little fried bits of chicken. My daughter, Alia, goes through periods where it seems she only wants beige or brown foods, such as bread, plain pasta, and chicken nuggets.

Before we went gluten free, my only experience with chicken nuggets was the variety sold at McDonald’s. I thought those were pretty revolting. After we swore off gluten– and learned a bit more about what goes into McDonald’s food– I had to find a way to make nuggets at home. I’m happy to report that these gluten free nuggets are much better than anything we ever got at a fast food window. When we absolutely have to have fast food, we get the grilled nuggets at Chick-fil-A.

A fair warning: these do not taste like McDonald’s nuggets. These are made from breast meat and not the minced up mystery meat so common at fast food places. I think you’ll agree that these are good. These are so good, even adults will enjoy them.

GF Chicken Nuggets


  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise and half of the parmesan. Whisk or stir until well blended.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the flour, the other half of the parmesan, the garlic powder, and the onion powder. Shake until well mixed.
  4. Coat the chicken pieces in the mayonnaise mixture.
  5. Place the coated chicken pieces in the Ziploc bag and shake until all the pieces are covered with flour.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. When oil is heated, carefully place the nuggets in the oil in a single layer. Cook about 4 minutes and then turn to cook the other side. Nuggets are done when they are golden brown and cooked through.
  8. When done, carefully remove to a plate to drain on paper towels, and then serve.
  9. Enjoy!

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