Paleo Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Sauce.

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I have chronically cold feet, and so, the other day, I went to the store and bought myself a pair of really great Smartwool socks. The socks ended up being so great that, an hour after I got home from the store, I went online and put in an $80 order for additional pairs. I officially have a favorite sock company.

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When I was a kid with a meager weekly allowance, I couldn’t wait to grow up and earn my own money. I thought that big paychecks would lead to all of the chocolate oranges, armadillo figurines, and bubble gum-flavored chap stick that a girl could want. I assumed shopping as an adult would be basically the same as shopping as a little kid — I would buy all the things I bought with my allowance, but in much higher volume.

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While a piece of me misses those chocolate oranges, I’m happy with where I am now. These days, I blow my paychecks on economy-sized jugs of all-natural hand soap, Tupperware variety packs, and the warmest, most very comfortable wool hiking socks. It’s a far cry from a chocolate orange, but don’t worry because, at 27 years old, I’m not totally locked into the grown up ways of doing things. Not quite yet at least.

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Because sometimes I eat chicken nuggets.

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When I saw this recipe for Paleo Coconut Chicken Nuggets on Multiply Delicious, I knew that I would have to get to cooking them soon. These nuggets are responsible – gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, full of happy fats — all while managing to be outrageously delicious. It’s official — the chicken nugget is my spirit animal.

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Paleo Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Sauce.

For four.

Paleo Chicken Nuggets. (From Multiply Delicious.)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Sea salt + cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Method:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a shallow dish, stir together 1/2 cup almond flour, shredded coconut, and a pinch each salt and pepper. In a separate larger bowl, add the chicken, the egg yolk, the remaining 1/3 cup almond flour, the onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and another pinch each of salt and pepper. With your hands, mix well until everything is incorporated.

Take about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, roll it in a ball, and flatten it slightly. Coat with the almond and coconut mixture. Repeat with the remaining chicken, making 15-18 nuggets.

In a saute pan, melt coconut oil on medium heat. In small batches, place nuggets onto the hot pan and cook on each side for about 3 minutes.  Move the nuggets to a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with BBQ sauce.

Paleo BBQ Sauce. (Adapted from this other recipe by Multiply Delicious.)

Makes 2 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Upcycled Vegetable Stock
  • 1/3 cup 100% apple juice
  • 7 ounce jar of tomato paste

Method:

In a saucepan (or pot with a lid), heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent. Add mustard, vinegar, coconut aminos, paprika, chili powder, and salt and mix well; cook for another 30 seconds or so. Add the lemon juice, vegetable broth, and tomato paste, and stir well until smooth.

Bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 45 minutes. Allow the sauce to cool slightly and then, if desired, smooth it out with an immersion blender.

Notes: Please note that the BBQ recipe listed here is not the same as the one that accompanies the original chicken nugget recipe. Also, a note on freezing: You could double the chicken nugget recipe (minus the breading) and then stick half in the freezer for another time when you need a quick meal. You could also double the sauce recipe (as I did) and freeze half of that for the next time you want to throw together an easy pulled pork dish. In the refrigerator, the sauce will stay good for about a week, maybe two.

 

Good news! This recipe is Whole30 compliant!

  • Read more about the Whole30 guidelines and my goals for the program here.
  • Follow my Whole30 board on Pinterest here.
  • For more pictures, check out my Instagram page here.

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  1. [...] 27. Paleo Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Sauce Make the kid inside you happy, or your own kids happy with these Paleo chicken nuggets that are even served with BBQ sauce. The coating is a mix of almond flour and shredded coconut, so you won’t have to worry about any unauthorized flours being used which adds grain to conventional chicken nuggets. You also won’t have to worry about the sort of ingredients they put in things like McNuggets or any other commercially produced chicken nuggets. They even provide the barbecue sauce recipe so you have something for dipping. [...]

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