Close view of Ranch Chicken Nuggets

Ranch Chicken Nuggets

These AIP/Paleo Ranch Chicken Nuggets make it possible to have a fun meal that’s actually good for you! Serve them with crunchy raw veggies.

Close view of Ranch Chicken Nuggets
Ranch Chicken Nuggets

Yes! It is possible to have your chicken nuggets without the questionable ingredients that are usually in those handy little bites! As you may have guessed, we’ll have to use a bit of culinary chicanery (oo, I love that word) to get the crunchy ranch-flavored coating, but it is very possible.

That coating…?

Yeah, so it’s cereal. You heard me. Since we’re not using any gluten, dairy, nuts, seeds, eggs, etc., we’ll have to improvise a bit on the coating. We’ll use some crushed, unsweetened Lovebird cereal as panko. Lovebird is a fairly new company whose mission it is to clean up the cereal industry. AND, they donate a portion of their profits to fight childhood cancer. Best of all, their cereals are AIP! 😀 If you would like to check out their cereals, here’s the link. Psst… you can use code WENDISAIPKITCHEN for 10% off your order! 🙌🏻

Of course, you can eat the cereal just as cereal. I enjoy it as an occasional snack. They have unsweetened, honey, and cinnamon varieties. For this recipe, we’ll use the plain, unsweetened.

Overhead view of Ranch Chicken Nuggets on a crudité tray. There are edible flowers on the tray, rainbow carrots, cucumber slices, broccoli florets, and sugar snap peas, which are an AIP Stage 1 reintroduction.
No fries needed!

Serving suggestions

You really don’t need fries to accompany your nuggets. I ate this (above) for dinner when I was done taking the photo! (Note: the sugar snap peas are a Stage 1 reintroduction.) However, here are some AIP/Paleo fries and other serving suggestions:

Enjoy your nuggets, my friends. And as usual, I am wishing you great love and deep healing.

💗,

Wendi

Ranch Chicken Nuggets

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: MainCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

nuggets
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

7

minutes

These AIP/Paleo Ranch Chicken Nuggets make it possible to have a fun meal that’s actually good for you! Serve them with crunchy raw veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Lovebird unsweetened cereal (You can use code WENDISAIPKITCHEN to get 10% off.)

  • 1 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp onion powder, divided

  • 1 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp garlic powder, divided

  • 3/4 tsp + 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided

  • Zest of one lemon

  • 1 1/2 TBSP chopped parsley

  • 1 lb. ground chicken

  • 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Place cereal, 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, lemon zest and parsley in a mini food processor. Pulse until cereal is the consistency of breading. Spread out onto a large plate. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place chicken, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix with a fork. With wet hands, form 16 equal nuggets. Place them on another plate.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When oil is hot, dredge each nugget in breading, and place in the skillet. Fry for about 3.5 minutes on each side, or until both sides are browned and crispy. Serve with AIP Ranch Dressing Ranch.

Notes

  • The sugar snap peas in the photo are an AIP Stage 1 reintroduction.

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