Chick-fil-A Bites {Whole30, Keto}

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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

By: Ashley McCrary
4.94 from 16 votes
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. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


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


  • 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.
  • Beat eggs, coconut milk and tbsp of pickle juice in a shallow bowl, set aside.
  • Mix almond flour and seasonings in a medium bowl
  • 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. 
  • Repeat this process until all chicken chunks are coated. 
  • 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)
  • For the sauce, add everything to a bowl and mix together until combined. 
  • 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.


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 721mg | Sugar: 0.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    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. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    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!

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 5 stars
    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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!!