These Whole30 chicken nuggets are kid- and adult-approved

popcorn chicken
Photo: Michelle Smith
the whole smiths good food cookbook
Photo: Michelle Smith

The Whole30-approved chicken nuggets in Michelle Smith’s new cookbook, The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook, are a long way from the processed, dinosaur shaped ones you might be used to seeing at the grocery store.

“I wanted to create a chicken ‘nugget’ that I could feel good about giving my kids,” says Smith. “But it needed to be tasty enough that any adult with a more refined palate would love it just the same.” Mission, accomplished.

Dipped in a grain-free batter (made from almond and tapioca flour) and fried in coconut oil, these nuggets are “so dang tasty, you may not want to share,” says Smith. Pro cooking tip: To keep the crust from sticking to the pan, Smith says to make sure it’s golden and crispy before flipping it.

Ready to try them for yourself? Scroll down for the recipe!

GRAIN-FREE POPCORN CHICKEN

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  • Prep Time
    5 minutes
  • Cook Time
    20 minutes
  • Servings
    people

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with one-and-a-half teaspoons salt and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, remaining one teaspoon salt, and the paprika. Pour the beaten eggs into a shallow bowl.

  3. Dip the chicken in the egg, letting the excess drip off, then roll in the flour mixture to coat. Set aside.

  4. In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.

  5. Working in batches, fry the chicken until the crust is a light golden brown and the meat is cooked through, two minutes per side. Once cooked, place the chicken onto a paper towel–lined plate and sprinkle lightly with additional salt.

  6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

Excerpted from The Wholesmiths Good Food Cookbook © 2018 by Michelle Smith. Photography by Michelle Smith. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

For more healthy, comfort food recipes, check out this creamy corn dish and this cauliflower crust grilled cheese  

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