Chicken nuggets are staple kid-food, right? It doesn’t matter how much we try to swim upstream and feed them organic this, that, etc. they will still just love chicken nuggets! :)Note: If you want to make this dairy-free, just omit the cheese. You could always add avocado, because who doesn’t love avocado?? 😉

I set out to find a chicken nugget recipe that was A-mostly healthy, B-quick and easy and not 25 steps. (‘Cuz ain’t no momma got time for that!!!) and lastly, C-that my kids actually liked and would eat.

DING-DING-DING! I have found a winner, folks! Even better is if you have leftover Chick-fil-A sauce (my kids’ favorite) for dipping said healthy nuggets. Yeah, I know that instantly lowers the health value, but you take your wins where you can get them, right? 😀

NOTE: I did make a few adjustments to Lexi’s original recipe that suited my kiddos tastes (see her link for the original). These included omitting the cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper. My husband and I liked those, but the kids prefer the milder version.
You can also make these as chicken strips, but may require longer cooking. The BEST way to judge that is by using a meat thermometer for checking.

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Paleo Zesty Chicken Bites -for KIDS


Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 35 min

Yield: 4-6 kid size portions



  • 1 lb. organic boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 14 tsp water
  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour, (flax meal makes a great substitution)
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 12 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 12 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh parmesan cheese*


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil- spray the foil (or grease with oil of choice, or use DeMarle baking silpat-the best choice!)
  2. In a bowl, combine almond meal and all spices
  3. In a separate bowl crack 1 egg and add 1/4 tsp water- whisk together well
  4. Cut chicken into bite size pieces
  5. Drop the chicken pieces into the egg and mix until fully covered
  6. Transfer chicken pieces to the spice mixture, coat evenly and place on baking sheet; repeat until all are coated
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes then flip chicken bites over and cook for another 5-7 minutes until golden and crispy
  8. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce (I like homemade tomato sauce)

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