Who doesn’t love eating chicken nuggets? How about going for a healthier recipe like the Whole30 chicken nuggets? I bet you’ll surely love it as much as I did.
I have been a chicken nuggets fun for as long as I can remember. That is why when I decided to try the Whole30 diet plan, I made sure I get to check for Whole30 chicken nuggets recipes that will help satisfy my cravings.
Surprisingly, I did find Whole30 chicken nuggets recipes! Yes, in plural form, because I did not only find one but five equally delicious chicken nuggets recipes, which I will be sharing with you later on.
What is Whole30 diet?
According to the Whole30 website, the Whole30 diet is basically a diet that strictly eliminates “the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days”.
If you are familiar with the paleo diet, it’s actually similar, just more restrictive.
With Whole30 diet, you have to stay away from eating food like grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods, as well as drink liquids with added sugar and sweeteners and alcohol, too.
Instead, you are encouraged to eat three “clean” meals in a day with Whole30-approved ingredients/food. Whole30-approved food includes eggs, meats, seafood, and veggies.
The Whole30 diet will definitely change your life.
In fact, by following this 30-day diet, you are letting your body be restored and recuperate from whatever effects the food you have eaten in the past may have caused you. According to their website, this diet is like a “pushing the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making.”
I’ll be honest, I initially thought I could not do it. I so love junk and processed foods. I have a very busy lifestyle, which means I eat whatever is accessible to me. I do not have time to go through its ingredients, or really choose the better option.
But I must agree, when I committed myself to this kind of diet, I felt like my (food) life was never the same again. I felt lighter and healthier!
What are the benefits of a Whole30 diet?
With that said, let me run down a few of the changes in me that I noticed after deciding to do the Whole30 diet.
- Unblemished, healthy-looking skin.
I will be honest, I was and always been a fan of makeups for two reasons: one, I feel like it enhances my beauty, and two, it hides my blemishes. Before, I could not leave the house without any makeup on.
But everything changed when I started doing the Whole30 diet. I had glowing skin. I had healthier skin. Now, I already have the confidence to go out even without makeup on. In fact, it’s already being a habit going out without or just very minimal makeup.
- Whiter, brighter eyes.
You know, as you age, you get to see if a person is tired or stressed by just looking at his or her eyes. Usually, when a person is exhausted or stressed out, you’d see his or her eyes have bloodshot and red. The common way to address this is by putting eye drops, which I did too.
However, it changed when I started my Whole30 diet. The white part of my eyes became whiter, brighter, and shinier. Some of my closest friend and colleagues actually noticed it before I did. They kept asking how it happened. See? Beautiful change, right?
- Limitless energy level.
In the past, even when I sleep 8 to 10 hours a night, I would still feel grumpy and sleepy when the clock hits around 2 to 3 in the afternoon. It was like my energy level is very limited no matter how much rest I get the night before.
But this changed when I started my Whole30 diet. I became more energetic, and I could last a day with the same level of energy – as if I don’t get exhausted even if I am doing a lot of work. I swear I never felt better than this. In a way, it also affected how I view things because even if things do not go my way, I still feel positive about it.
- Well-improved quality of sleep.
I guess stress has to do with it, because before, even if I feel sleepy already, when I lie down it’s as if my eyes wouldn’t shut off. There were times I needed some sleep medication just so I could easily sleep, at the same time, my sleep won’t get distracted.
But when I started my Whole30 diet, my sleeping habits changed. I can now sleep soundly and naturally. My sleep is not distracted. Unlike before, I no longer awake in the middle of the night. It really helps a lot because when I wake up in the morning, I feel reenergized and not exhausted like before.
- A stable and peaceful mind.
Looking back, apart from being physically stressed, I was also mentally and psychologically stressed out. There is just a lot of thing bugging me that I could not hold my peace.
With a changed in my diet, it was never the same again. Even if there are so many things going on, I no longer feel burdened, rather I could now think straight. I feel like I became more positive in everything since my Whole30 experience.
- Feeling lighter and deflated.
You know that feeling when you’re eating usual food – when you are done, you feel bloated and tired. That is not the case when you do the Whole30 diet. Even if I eat a lot of my favorite Whole30 chicken nuggets, which by the way is the very reason why I wrote this, I don’t feel bloated after. In fact, I feel just right.
A lot of people around me actually noticed how I slimmed down – I didn’t know I did until a lot of people came to me and told me. I just felt really good following the Whole30 diet that I didn’t notice how it changed not just how I feel about food and all that, but how my body benefitted from health. Needless to say, how much it made me feel healthier than ever.
- A better understanding of how food affects my body and my mood, too.
We, people usually do not mind about how food affects us. We are used to blaming other things around us for how we feel, how we think, and all that. But when I started doing the Whole30 diet, it changed how I see food. In fact, I had a better understanding of food – how it helps me, how it affects me.
If before, I eat anything sweet a lot, now, I try my best to stay away from it because I understand sugar is not doing any good for me. I now have a better idea of what food to eat and what not to eat. Although I must admit, there are still times that I indulge on foo, but I do know now how it will affect me if I do. I must say, when it comes to food, I make better choices now.
Whole30 Chicken Nuggets Recipes
Whole30 chicken nuggets are one of my ultimate favorites. This is one of the foods I love indulging into. But of course, less regret and all that.
Initially, I just cook the usual, very basic Whole30 chicken nuggets recipe, but, one day, I tried searching on the internet, and I found out some other interesting recipes, and I decided to try them one by one.
Guess what? I loved them all! That is why I am sharing the recipes to you too!
Please note that I included the sources of these recipes and I have written them as it is.
So, here we go:
Sweet Potato Chicken Nuggets
Source: Living Sweet Moments
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
1 lb. ground chicken
2 cups finely shredded sweet potato about 2-3 sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 green onion sprigs finely chopped
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients and use clean hands to fully incorporate.
- Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll it into a ball before flattening and shaping it into nuggets. Place on the baking sheet.
- Bake nuggets in the preheated oven for 24-27 minutes, and flip halfway through to lightly brown both sides.
- Allow nuggets to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Whole30 Chicken Nuggets Recipe (Paleo, Chick-Fil-A Method)
Source: 40 Aprons
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Whole30 Chicken Nuggets
2 large chicken breasts about 1.5 pounds, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/2 cup dill pickle juice
1 egg beaten
2/3 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp. tapioca starch
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil
Refined coconut oil or avocado oil for frying
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. Whole30 mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. coconut aminos if ON Whole30
2 tsp. maple syrup if NOT on whole30
1 Tbsp coconut aminos if NOT on whole30
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Whole30 ketchup
3/4 tsp. liquid smoke
Make Whole30 Chicken Nuggets
- Combine chicken breast chunks and pickle juice in an air-tight container or large plastic bag. Refrigerate at least one hour, preferably overnight, tossing every so often.
- Pour beaten egg in a shallow bowl. Whisk together flours, tapioca starch, and spices in another shallow bowl.
- Drain chicken from pickle juice. Dip chicken pieces in egg then coat in flour mixture. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
- Heat a thin layer of refined coconut oil or avocado oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry chicken nuggets in batches until golden brown and cooked through. This will take about 5-6 minutes total. Do not overcook! Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Make Chick-Fil-A Sauce
- If you are on a Whole30, use only 3 tablespoons coconut aminos and skip 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon coconut aminos. If you are NOT on a Whole30, skip the 3 tablespoons coconut aminos and use 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon coconut aminos.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
Paleo Popcorn Chicken (Whole30)
Source: Eat the Gains
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast or tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
Dipping sauce of choice!
- Season the chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, remaining salt, and the paprika. Pour the beaten eggs into a shallow bowl.
- Dip the chicken in the egg, letting the excess drip off, then roll into the flour mixture to coat. Set aside.
- In a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil, working in batches, fry the chicken until the crust is a light golden brown and the meat is cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Once cooked, place the chicken onto a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Whole30 Chicken Tenders
Source: The Defined Dish
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
2 lbs. chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken cutlets cut into tenders)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup almond meal from “unblanched” almonds
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp. paprika
Ghee oil spray, coconut oil spray, or avocado oil spray
Parchment paper (for baking)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper all over.
- Crack eggs into a large bowl and whisk.
- In a separate bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, salt and pepper (to taste) and paprika. Toss to combine evenly.
- Using one hand, place chicken tenders into the eggs and coat. Toss into the breading mixture and use your other hand to coat in the breading.
- Place breaded chicken on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Continue the process until all of the chicken is breaded and on the baking sheet.
- Spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray of choice.
- Bake in the oven until chicken is browned and cooked through, 20-25 minutes.
- Serve with the dipping sauce of choice and enjoy!
Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets
Source: Every Last Bite
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
700 g Chicken Breasts (1.5lbs)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond milk
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp garlic powder (omit if on SCD)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Coconut oil spray or olive oil spray
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (400 degrees Fahrenheit) and place a wire rack on a baking sheet.
- Cut the chicken into 1 1/2 inch “nugget” sized pieces. You need 3 shallow bowls. In the first bowl whisk together the eggs and almond milk, set aside. In the second bowl place the coconut flour. In the third bowl stir together the almond flour, paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Working in batches of 3 to 4 at a time, dredge the nuggets in the coconut flour, transfer to the egg bowl and turn them with a fork so that they are well coated in the liquid. Finally, place the nuggets in the almond flour bowl and make sure they are well coated on all sides in the mixture. Place the coated nuggets on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.
- Generously spray the nuggets with the cooking spray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through to ensure both sides are golden. You can spray them again one more time during cooking to make them a bit crispier.
- Serve the nuggets with ketchup or toum.
Alternatively, you could cook the chicken in 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan on medium heat. They should cook for approximately 4 minutes per side until crisp and golden in color.
Oh, how I love all these Whole30 chicken nuggets recipes! I so love them I can eat them every meal of every single day. Not overrated, just for real. They are undoubtedly delicious and healthy.
But, more than that, I have to admit I am so in love how Whole30 diet plan has changed not just my body, how I look at food, but how it changed my life tremendously. I never felt so healthier and happier as I do now. It did change not just the physical aspect of me but even mentally and psychologically.
You should give a try, too! I bet you will love it just as I did. You will not regret changing your diet to a healthier one. After all, in our lives, having a healthy body is one of the most important things that really matter.