These Zesty Chicken Bites are the perfect healthier version of your favorite chicken nuggets! They are low carb, flavorful, and completely gluten-free and grain-free. They are a reader favorite and loved by adults and kids alike!
While snowed in last week, I was craving an appetizer-like snack that I could make with the organic chicken breasts I had in the fridge. I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve had chicken cutlets. My beautiful mom makes killer chicken cutlets.
She made them often growing up and then passed the recipe along to me years ago. You can bet those days were filled with some delicious chicken parm. Since those breadcrumbs are no longer in my diet, my task was set! Instead of the whole chicken cutlet thing, I went with bites (or nuggets), call it what you’d like. And I made them spicy. Amazing. They make the perfect appetizer when entertaining or just for your football Sunday get together
Perfectly crispy. Your friends won’t even know they are healthy and gluten/grain-free! Read through the comments below to see how others have made this recipe their own!
Paleo Zesty Chicken Bites
- 1 lb. organic boneless chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp water
- 1/2 cup almond meal or almond flour (flax meal makes a great substitution)
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- Optional: 1 tbsp fresh parmesan cheese*
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine almond meal/flour and all spices.
- In a separate bowl crack 1 egg and add 1/4 tsp water, whisk together well.
- Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
- Dredge the chicken pieces into the egg and toss until fully covered.
- Transfer chicken pieces to the spice mixture and coat evenly.
- Place on baking sheet; repeat until all are coated.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes then flip chicken bites over and cook for another 10-12 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce!
- *Depending on how many chicken pieces you use, you may need to increase the flour/spice mixture.
- *Serving size will depends on how small or large you make the bites. Mine make about 20-25 chicken bites.
- *Leave out parmesan cheese for fully dairy-free.
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