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Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}

May 9, 2020 | Author: Ashley McCrary
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:

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.

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Chick-Fil-A Bites

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. 

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



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.
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Entree/Appetizer


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

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52 thoughts on "Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}"

  1. Brittany says:

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

  2. Colleen Z says:

    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!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      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.

  3. Trista says:

    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!

  4. Nicole says:

    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!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This makes me so happy. Thank you!

  5. Julie says:

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

  6. Cynthia Crise says:

    These were delicious!

  7. Kimberly Wolf says:

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

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

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

  8. Ashley says:

    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!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you so much!

    2. Dian says:

      Sweet or Dill pickles?

  9. Karen Bacon says:

    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

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This makes me so happy. Thank you so much

  10. Valerie says:

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

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      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.

      1. Connie says:

        For the coconut milk do I use canned coconut milk or can I use the kind in the carton that goes in the refrigerator?

        1. Ashley McCrary says:

          Canned coconut milk. This is always my recommendation as it doesn’t have added sugars and is thicker.

          1. Dan says:

            I didn’t want to open a whole can of coconut milk for 1TBSP so I substituted with heavy cream I had. Seemed just fine!

          2. Ashley McCrary says:

            Great idea. So glad it worked for you.

  11. Mitzi says:

    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!

  12. Nanette says:

    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!

  13. Liz says:

    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.

  14. Susan says:

    I’m so excited to try these!!!! I appreciate you have alternative cooking methods as I’m totally into air frying right now!

  15. Leigh says:

    Could you use Tamari or regular soy sauce in place of coconut aminos?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yes you can.

  16. Kendra says:

    Made a double batch tonight. Baked them in the oven because I’m a little lazy and don’t have an air fryer. DELICIOUS!!! ❤️ This will easily become a family favorite.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear. Thank you

  17. Sydney Hopkins says:

    I have made these nuggets twice now – once in the air fryer and once in the skillet with avocado oil. Both times I had trouble getting them to crisp up properly and a good bit of the breading fell off during or after cooking. What could I be doing wrong here? They still tasted great! I just feel like I’m not getting something right

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Make sure you pat your chicken down with a paper towel before tossing in the egg mixture. This will ensure the egg/almond flour sticks to the chicken.

    2. Nicolle says:

      Freeze the chicken for about 20-30 minutes after being breaded. adjust cooking time.

  18. Megan Darrell says:

    My word these are good.. my whole family loves these. The pickle juice really adds that certain oomph that sets these apart from your regular ole chicken nugget recipe.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my these are a MUST try.

  20. Dian says:

    Sweet or Dill pickles?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  21. Melissa says:

    What brand do you use for the pickle juice? It’s hard to find compliant pickles where I live!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      There are a ton of compliant brands you can find at Walmart and Aldi. I use the Oh Snap brand.

  22. Michelle says:

    Is the nutritional info based on the full 2 lbs of chicken?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      The nutritional facts is 1/4 of the whole recipe using 2 lbs of chicken.

  23. Dan says:

    I made these in my air fryer and they were not so good. The coating was so dry. Flavors are great but these definitely need to be fried to get the full effect. Sauce is yummy!

    If you want to air fry I recommend spraying with oil so they “fry”.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love this. And yes it’s always a good idea to spray with cooking spray if using the air fryer. It makes a big difference. Thanks so much for trying.

  24. Laura says:

    Can I substitute almond milk for the coconut milk?

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      You can but it won’t be the same taste and not as thick.

  25. Patti Hinton says:

    Thank you so much — these were absolutely delicious! We followed your recipe exactly — I did have to make more of the almond flour mixture — but no big deal. And the sauce is just perfect with them. I skillet fried them in Grapeseed oil. You have a lot of wonderful looking Paleo/Whole30 recipes on your site — can’t wait to try more recipes. Thank you!

  26. Patti says:

    This is absolutely delicious! We loved it! We follow a Paleo lifestyle most of the time — and this is just such a lovely treat. The sauce goes perfectly. I did have to make a bit more of the almond flour mixture — but otherwise we followed the recipe exactly — SO GOOD!

  27. Christine says:

    Thanks for the yummy recipe. These were so good! Cooked them in the air fryer. We didn’t soak ours for a full 30 minutes because of a time constraint, and they were still delicious. Will be making again!

  28. Cathy says:

    Holy cow! This recipe is so dang good. The chicken is moist and you can taste the pickle in the chicken from letting it marinade. It is so good. Even my family who is NOT doing a whole 30 loved this chicken and they were so jelly that I was eating it and they were not. I only let them try a bite each. haha. The special sauce was AMAZING and I gobbled it up so yum. I have made this twice now in two weeks ’cause it’s just so good. If you haven’t made this yet…. get on it people. You won’t regret it! Thanks for saving my whole30!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      YAY! This just made my day! Thank you for sharing your love for this recipe 😉

  29. Lori L says:

    Any trick to getting the breading to stick in the air fryer? So much of mine fell off when I flipped them

  30. Jessica Flory says:

    Oh my heavens these were GOOD!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear this. Thank you


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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!