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Keto Chicken Nuggets

Easy Keto Cooking!

It’s easy cooking week on Headbanger’s Kitchen where we are making dishes with 5 ingredients or less (not counting salt, pepper and oil). We kicked off the series with an easy to make Keto kale chips recipe and today we’re making Keto Chicken Nuggets. Nuggets themselves aren’t really an issue, it’s always the batter/coating that makes them not keto friendly. I’ve discovered through my Keto fried chicken and my chicken Farcha recipe two good breading ideas. For this recipe I reversed what I did for the chicken Farcha which was husk and then egg over. This time I’m dipping in the egg first and then the husk. This gives it a crispy exterior and a less of an egg-terior. These come quite close to your favourite fast food nuggets. I used Old Bay seasoning because I wanted to keep it simple and under 5 ingredients. So enjoy!

Oil for Deep Frying & Seasonings

I personally think even on Keto it always makes sense to save the deep fried foods for the weekend or special occasions. I used olive oil for frying in this recipe but you can use anything from coconut oil to ghee to bacon fat to lard, really depends on what is available to you. Honestly if your frequency of eating deep fried foods is once in a month or something you can even do it in a cheap vegetable oil. It’s not ideal but it won’t kill you. I don’t know for sure what fast food companies use to season their nuggets but it seems like a pretty basic seasoning probably using salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder (maybe) and perhaps some dried herbs. I thought Old Bay was a good all in 1 seasoning to keep the recipe simple. You can go to town with how you season these nuggets. So have fun with the recipe and share your seasoning mixes and ideas in the comments below.

Keto Chicken Nuggets

Macro Information

So in my macro calculation I’ve actually not added the psyllium because it’s impossible to judge how much gets on each nugget and since it’s fiber only I’ve left it out. Also when it comes to deep frying it’s hard to tell how much oil is absorbed while cooking and how much soaks into the paper towel. So it’s kind of hard to estimate how much you consume. I’ve just added 1 tablespoon across the entire recipe as a ball park figure.  This recipe is protein heavy because it’s chicken breast and that’s all. I would recommend making some kind of fatty dipping sauce for the nuggets or pairing it with something like a vegetarian salad or soup to balance the protein to fat ratio in your meal. Alternatively just pop in a fat bomb along with this to have a good balance of fat to protein.

Nutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 58
  • Net Carbs: 0g
  • Carbs: 0g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fiber: 0g

This recipe makes 8 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal. 1 serving = 1 chicken nugget

Keto Chicken Nuggets

Keto Chicken Nuggets

Fast food style chicken nuggets.
4.16 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 250 grams Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning Order it here
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Egg
  • Psyillium Husk I use this
  • Olive oil for frying You can use any cooking fat of your choice


  • Blend the chicken breasts, salt, pepper and old bay seasoning in the food processor to get a nice fine chicken mince
  • With wet hands shape the chicken nuggets and set in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up. You can alternatively free them too.
  • Beat the egg lightly with some salt.
  • Coat the nugget in the egg first and then the husk and then deep fry in olive oil or any cooking fat of your choice
  • Serve
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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  1. Old Bay!! That is amazing! I’m from Maryland where Old Bay comes from! So cool that you have used it in this recipe. I’ll definitely be making these ASAP 😉

  2. Made these for my daughter and I last night and we both loved them! My wife decided to have something else because she thought they sounded disgusting, but ended up very jealous after she tried one.

    For anybody looking for a good low carb dipping sauce just google Raising Cane’s sauce, its perfect with these!

  3. I suppose you could weigh before and after frying to find the oil content by mass. I have to try these…

  4. Just a query – I want to make the keto chicken nuggets but would you tell me what is « passive time » in the recipe? Thanks and keep up the good work. Eileen.

    1. You can but there is a reason I didn’t use either of them, they both don’t taste that great IMHO and almond flour is just like coating chicken in almonds and frying it.

    1. I have no idea what a 2 year old is supposed to be eating but if they can eat chicken I think the husk should be fine as well it’s just fiber.

  5. HORNS UP!

    I made these the other day and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how good they were. I could eat these every day. Hands down the best chicken nuggets I have ever had.

  6. We are making these tonight for the first time. We have watched you a ton and appreciate your quick and easy recipes. We can’t wait to try these…this is what my husband wanted for his Keto Father’s Day dinner.

  7. love this recipe !! I just took out my chicken breasts lastnight in the freezer but took em out of the fridge just now so they’ll defrost for dinner tonight. I have no Husk at the moment n will buy it next week when I go shopping but have pork rinds. Cant wait to try this.. Nice meeting your brother on here. My sons name is Sean. (Shawn if thats the way yer brother spells his if Im correct)

  8. For a fattier cheaper alternative I used chicken thighs. Took the skin off the though and fried it in a little olive oil. Cut the meat off the bone as best as I could then followed the recipe except I fried the nuggets in the oil/fat I fried the skins in. I also baked the bones at 400 for 20 minutes and then made a bone broth.

  9. Delicious! Works great with thigh/leg meat as that is what I had on hand. Fried in duck fat. Thank you so much for this recipe, it wonderful to have actually have crispy fried food where the coating sticks (unlike coconut or almond meal). Made a dipping sauce from full fat greek yogurt, garlic, hot sauce, dijon mustard. Biggest regards for introducing physillum in keto cooking, it is a game changer! I hope I will be able to search for other recipes in your collection using it as a key word. The Naan is great.

  10. Hello, first I would like to day thank you for sharing your recipe. I followed exactly as described, but the psyllium husk powder and egg coating got really dark/black really fast. My nuggets look burnt before the chicken inside even had a chance to fully cook. My nuggets were small, too. How did you get your nuggets to look a normal shade of brown instead of a black mess? Lol cheers

  11. Made these for lunch today. Omg. So good! I’ve never fried with just psyllium husk before, but I’ll never use anything else. I had about a pound and a half of boneless chicken thighs in the fridge , so used that. Otherwise stuck to the recipe exactly in proportion with the amount of chicken. Perfect. I made the Raising Cane’s sauce another reviewer recommend. Delish! This is my first time to your site, but I’m looking forward to trying many more of your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. People like you make the keto lifestyle so much easier for technically good cooks who lack the creativity to create their own recipes. 🙂

    1. I recommend the Chicken Farcha.
      Actually, I recommend all Sahils recipes. I’ve used quite a few and no failures.

  12. I think the macro for fiber cannot be ‘0’ as psyllium husk adds at least 2 or 3 grams of fiber to each nugget.

  13. i tried this recipe and it turns out so delicious. i use paprika because there is no such thing in Malaysia. i add some knorr sesoning. thats all. i fried for small portion just enough for myself. then my children came and taste it. well i said..that one is for me. my children love it so much. they said this is better than nugget in supermarket!.

  14. Can you use ground lean chicken meat instead of buying and grinding breast meat yourself – or would that be a bad idea?

  15. Thanks for sharing your ideas and struggles it a real world! I have shared your music with others who don’t even like Keto and but found they love your food too! Just so you know how far away I am I’m in USA, Oregon. Keep it up thanks. Teresa

  16. When I first tackled the keto diet about 6 weeks ago, I made the mistake of buying psyllium husk instead of psyllium powder for bread recipes. Thought, “well there goes 10 bucks down the drain.” Was I wrong! I would never in a million years have thought to use psyllium husk for deep fried breading. Thanks for the the recipe, Sahil. It’s crispy and delicious. Pretty ingenious

  17. Have you ever tried these with just chucks of chicken breast without mincing it? And add the seasoning to the hudjs instead.

    1. Not this recipe but my fried chicken recipe is pretty much that. As far as nuggets go the original ones are ground chicken hence I did that. But if you use chunks then it’s just fried chicken 😀

  18. Omg. I love these so much! I used husk and grated parmasean cheese as my coating (blended together in a processor) … mmmmm so good! Making it again today and doubling the batch!! My Keto kids loved them with sugar free ketchup! Thank you!!

  19. I have been craving some fried food. I used to love a nice basket of fried shrimp and French fries occasionally and have missed it on keto. This was just what I needed. I’m going to try making it with shrimp too. We made more raw nuggets than we needed so the uncooked nuggets are in the freezer for another day. Thanks!

  20. Can’t wait to try them! Do you reckon they can be fried in the air-fryer as well? Should I apply oil first? Cheers! 🙂

    1. I’m sure you can. Not sure how the air fryer works but I know people have made these in them.

  21. What is the texture of the psyllium husk you use? Is it considered whole or powdered? Being in the US, I’ve never seen the Telephone Brand you link to. I want to make sure I get the right type, because this recipe sounds amazing, and it will be fantastic to have a crispy keto coating which does not use pork rinds.

    1. The telephone brand is the right one. It’s definitely not a powder form like baking powder would be but it’s not a huge full grain like I’ve seen some brands. Hence I link and recommend the Telephone brand in particular. It’s best to just order online.

  22. Hi. Im from Malaysia and thank God for your website. I can include curries into my diet. Love your videos. Just wondering- may I use left over keto bread and turn it into breadcrumbs? Would it be ok?

  23. These were amazing! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to dice up the chicken to make ‘real’ chicken nuggets! Used the old bay and it got dispersed evenly through the chicken for perfect flavoring. Paired with copycat keto chick filet sauce.

  24. Would it be ok to use urbanplatters bombay bay seasoning costing much less, 160rs vs old bay which is priced at 3500rs or so on Amazon? Urbanplatter writes that it’s seasoning is inspired by old bay

    1. Yeah absolutely! You can even just use salt and pepper or you can add garlic and onion powder, you can add Indian masala, you can basically season the meat however you like.

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