Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

These Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets are the answer to dinner for that toddler picky eaters phase. They’re not only healthier than the standard chicken nuggets, because they’re baked not fried, but gluten-free too. The best part- toddlers love them!

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets | 2 Cookin Mamas These Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets are the answer to dinner for that toddler picky eaters phase. They're not only healthier than the standard chicken nuggets, because they're baked not fried, but gluten-free too. The best part- toddlers love them! #chickennuggets #chicken #toddler #healthy #glutenfree #dinner #recipe

My son has entered the “picky eating phase” where chicken nuggets top the list!  Although there are some decent nuggets out there – I really wanted to try my hand at a healthier version that was also gluten-free. So, I picked up a package of ground chicken and went to work.
chicken nuggets baked on cookie sheet

Less than 30 minutes later – I had 32 cute little nuggets that not only looked like real nuggets, but tasted like them too!  And if that wasn’t good enough, my son ate them all up and asked for more! Now that’s what I like to call a win-win.
chicken nugget lover

Frequently asked questions about chicken nuggets

Can toddlers eat chicken nuggets?

Yes, especially these baked chicken nuggets. Sometimes toddlers have a hard time eating meat but these nuggets use ground chicken which is perfect for their little teeth.

Are these healthier than packaged chicken nuggets?

A big yes to that question! These limit the salt and fat, not to mention chemicals, that are found in the frozen nugget varieties. So feel good about making this homemade version for your little one.

Pro-tip: For a crispier coating – spray top of nuggets with additional cooking spray.

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Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chicken nuggets, gluten free nuggets, toddler chicken nuggets
Servings: 32 nuggets
Calories: 33 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill old-fashioned rolled oats ground
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon paprika divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese divided (Parmesan can be substituted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Using a food processor - grind oats into breadcrumb size pieces.
  3. Combine oats, chicken, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, garlic, 2 tablespoons pecorino romano, salt and pepper in large bowl and mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together remaining paprika, Pecorino Romano and breadcrumbs.
  5. Take 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture, press into nugget shape with fingers, and coat with breadcrumb mix.
  6. Place nuggets on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 33 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets are the answer to dinner for that toddler picky eaters phase. They\'re not only healthier than the standard chicken nuggets, because they\'re baked not fried, but gluten-free too. The best part- toddlers love them! #chickennuggets #chicken #toddler #healthy #glutenfree #dinner #recipe

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    vegetarianmamma
    05/31/2014 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Its live now!
    We have an AWESOME Giveaway this week!
    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/31/2014 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks so much Cindy. I love your gluten free party. Thanks for being such a great host!

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