Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe

gluten free chicken nuggets

Our twelve-year-old Junior Editor, Viva, says these crispy, tender pan-fried gluten free chicken nuggets taste just as good as McDonald’s (that’s a compliment, in our opinion). Fast to make, they’re also far more wholesome.

Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Servings 2


  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour mix, (we like King Arthur brand)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs (we like Ian’s brand)
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced crosswise into strips 1/3 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or other high-heat cooking oil, plus more if needed
  • Gluten-free barbecue sauce, for serving


  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, the garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. In a small shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg.
  3. Pour the breadcrumbs into another shallow bowl.
  4. Set out a clean plate. One piece at a time, dip the chicken strips into the flour mixture, then the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Transfer to the plate. Line another clean plate with paper towels.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, panfry the chicken strips on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side, adding and heating more oil between batches, if needed. Transfer to the prepared plate. Sprinkle with salt and serve with barbecue sauce.

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