Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}

Chick-fil-A Bites

Who doesn’t love a Chick-fil-A nugget. Oh my gosh, I LOVE THEM! Anytime Eloise, my 5 year old gets a kids chicken nugget meal, I catch myself sneaking a nugget before handing her the bag. I feel guilty afterwards, but in the moment it’s so worth it. To remedy my love for these nuggets, I came up with my own Chick-fil-A Bites that is Whole30, Keto and Gluten Free.

Chick-fil-A Bites

What You Will Need For These Chick-fil-A Bites:

  • Chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • Pickle Juice
  • Almond Flour
  • Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt
  • Coconut Milk
  • Egg
  • Coconut or Avocado Oil (for frying)
  • Pickle Slices
  • Toothpicks
Chick-fil-A Bites

Best Paleo Friendly Oil For Frying?

Anytime I fry food, I always use either coconut oil or avocado oil. These are both Paleo friendly and is best for high-heat. I usually always lean more towards coconut oil because it’s what I usually have on hand. Either will work great though.

Chick-fil-A Bites
Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}

Special Sauce:

By now, you probably know my deep loved for sauces. This Magic Sauce is really unique and you will find yourself putting it on everything. You can make the recipe Whole30 or you can make it Paleo by adding Monk Fruit or Maple Syrup to give it a little sweetness.

Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}

If you are looking to enjoy Chick-fil-A nuggets at home, be sure to give this recipe a try. Not only will they make your kids super happy, but they are also the perfect appetizer or party snack. Don’t forget the Magic Sauce! This stuff will legit change your life. If you have any leftover, this will last in the fridge for up to 1-week.


Chick-Fil-A Bites

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


The BEST Chick-fil-A Bites that taste identical to the real thing. To top it off, this Special Sauce is LIFE. Not only are these bites kid friendly, but they are also Whole30, Keto and Gluten Free. 



Chicken Bites 

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup coconut or avocado oil (for frying)
  • 1 cup pickle slices (for serving)

Special Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp coconut amino
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • OPTIONAL: 1 1/2 tsp Monk Fruit syrup or maple syrup (NOT Whole30)


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks. Add chicken to a bowl with the 1 cup pickle juice and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs, coconut milk and tbsp of pickle juice in a shallow bowl, set aside.
  3. Mix almond flour and seasonings in a medium bowl
  4. Dip the chicken chunks into the egg mixture and transfer to the almond flour mixture, making sure to coat well. Place the coated chicken on a separate plate. 
  5. Repeat this process until all chicken chunks are coated. 
  6. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and cook 3 minutes per side. (Be careful not to crowd in the skillet. Cook in 2 batches if needed)
  7. For the sauce, add everything to a bowl and mix together until combined. 
  8. Place the nuggets on toothpicks with pickle slices and serve with the Special Sauce. 


  • If you don’t want to fry, feel free to add these to a baking sheet in a 425F oven for 10-15 minutes. 
  • For the air fryer cook on 400F for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. 
  • If you need a sub for almond flour, use 1/3 cup coconut flour and 2 1/2 tbsp of arrowroot flour, mixed.
  • The nutrition facts below is for chicken bites ONLY.
  • Category: Entree/Appetizer


  • Calories: 477
  • Sugar: 0.8
  • Sodium: 721
  • Fat: 26
  • Carbohydrates: 3.4
  • Protein: 35

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Comments (19)

  • These look amazing I’m going to have to make these this week!

  • I’m assuming that the calories would be way less if cooked in an air fryer? Would you use any oil in an air fryer? Thanks! These look incredible!

    • Yes the calories would be less. I would suggest just spraying the top of the nuggets with cooking spray if putting in the air fryer.

  • Oh My!!! These are delicious!! My kids and I were craving some nuggets and these were just the ticket. They came out crisp and tender and so flavorful. This will be making the rounds again very soon!

  • Oh my goodness, just made these tonight for dinner and they were delicious! Made them in the air fryer and they tasted like takeout. If you are making them, you need to make the special sauce as well, so so good!

    • This makes me so happy. Thank you!

  • I can’t wait to try these! I’m making these for dinner tonight! I already have the chicken marinating! Thanks

  • These were delicious!

  • Are the aminos required in the sauce or would it be ok without?

    • It really does make the sauce taste better. If you don’t have any you are more than welcome to omit.

  • These were so delicious!! So flavorful and tender. We used Polynesian sauce from chic-fil-a and some homemade honey mustard. Going to use the leftovers in salads. So so good!

    • Thank you so much!

  • My stars these were good! Made your dipping sauce for me an homemade Chic Fil A sauce for the kids. Add some waffle fries and I think I’ve found our new family favorite. Thank you for a great recipe

    • This makes me so happy. Thank you so much

  • Anyone else have issue with the breading coming off and any suggestions to remedy this?

    • You can try repeating the process for adding the breading. Dip in the egg and almond flour mixture and repeat the step to get a better coating.

  • Thanks Mac! My 15 year old and I made these for dinner tonight. Everyone really enjoyed them. Keep up the great work. OH the sauce was PERFECT!

  • I just bought an air fryer and can’t wait to try this recipe! I love ALL of your recipes, I’m sure this one will be great!

  • I just whipped up the sauce in literally one minute and drizzled it over a hamburger and roasted sweet potatoes. And it was delicious!! I love these sauce recipes.


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