If you are looking for a Paleo friendly and kid friendly football game day treat look no further.  These coconut chicken nuggets are my families new favorite bite size treat (thanks to Health Bent).  I actually had to contain myself from popping them in my mouth as I was cooking them.  And what is a chicken nugget without something to dip it in?  My favorite dipping sauce before going Paleo was BBQ sauce.  As a southern girl I love BBQ sauce, but it’s not exactly Paleo friendly.  I came across this recipe by Whole9 for the Whole30 plan.  It’s not exactly like my beloved BBQ sauce but it’s pretty darn close and pretty darn good. Now just a warning these chicken nuggets may not last too long so if you want you can double the recipe.  They are great as a game day snack or even for the kids dinner or to pack away in their lunch box. Sorry to keep this short but it’s been a crazy week and next week will be even crazier.  Enjoy these nuggets and have a great weekend!

Coconut Chicken Nuggets with Paleo “BBQ” Sauce

1 pound ground chicken

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup + 1/3 cup almond flour

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½cup coconut oil

Salt & Pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine ¼ cup almond flour, ½ cup coconut and salt & pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon each).  Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the ground chicken, 1/3 cup almond flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, pepper, and egg yolk.  Mix well until everything is incorporated.

In a sauté pan, melt coconut oil on medium heat.  Take about 2 tablespoons worth of the chicken mixture and roll into a ball and then coat with the coconut and almond mixture.  Repeat with the remaining chicken.  You should make about 15 to 18 chicken nugget/balls. In small batches place nuggets into heated coconut oil and cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes.  Transfer balls to a parchment lined bake pan and place in oven for 4 to 5 minutes to allow the chicken to cook through.  Repeat with the remaining chicken nuggets. Allow nuggets to cool and serve with Paleo “BBQ” Sauce (recipe follows).

Paleo “BBQ” Sauce

3/4 cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

10 tablespoons tomato paste

4 tablespoons shallots, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon coconut oil


Heat coconut oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Place minced shallots and garlic in sauce pan until soft.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Nugget recipe adapted from Health Bent

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91 Responses to Coconut Chicken Nuggets with Paleo “BBQ” Sauce

  1. Trecia says:

    Wish you would put a Pinterest on your website so I could keep up with your recipe! Love it!

  2. Maggie says:

    My kids didn’t like these, but I ate most of the batch. Loved the sauce, that’s a keeper.

  3. These are SO GOOD! Way better than anything from the store! Woohoo!!! :-) Thank you so much!

  4. Nora says:

    I don’t see why you couldn’t make the sauce in a big batch and can in whatever size containers you would use up before it spoiled.

  5. Alex says:

    How long does the bbq sauce keep in the fridge?

  6. MDelicious says:

    Alex, it’s best for about 3 to 4 weeks.

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  8. best nugget by far 😀 Thanks

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  10. Lindsay says:

    I am not sure if it is legal or not but I am taking this recipe and doing a few tweaks and blogging about it. They are WONDERFUL as you made them but I have a Hubs that won’t eat coconut and loves nuggets lol. I have given your blog full credits I think but feel free to pop over and see how it all turns out if you have a second!

  11. Jody Hughes says:

    Is there something I could use in place of shallots? Would onion work? I am going to try these tonight! Look so yummy!

  12. MDelicious says:

    Hi Jody!
    You can use onion instead of the shallots. Maybe add a bit more. Shallots have a stronger flavor than onion so you might need to add 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Hope you like these! They are a favorite in my house.

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  15. Tiffany says:

    We loved this! We had to substitute turkey since the store was out of chicken and we don’t use salt and it was still great! thanks for a great recipe!

  16. Karyn says:

    Oh. Em. Gee. I just made these. Then I stood over the baking sheet and immediately ate 5. THESE ARE AMAZING. I love them!

  17. Liz P says:

    OMG, these were so amazing. I made a batch for me and the hubby, and we ATE THEM ALL! I was so full, I was miserable, but they were too good to stop. These will definitely be a favorite around here! Thank you!

  18. Shelly says:

    Hi there I love your recipes!

    These are on the menu for the week but I had a few questions. I couldn’t find ground chicken so I was thinking of doing it myself. would a food processor do the job? I also have ground turkey so I could use that and save myself extra work if you think that would suffice. Lastly how would the sauce be without mustard powder or is there a sub? Thanks so much, love your recipes!

  19. MDelicious says:

    Hi Shelly,
    You can use your food processor to ground the chicken breasts. I do that often myself. And ground turkey could be an alternative too. I haven’t tried the sauce without the mustard powder but I don’t see why you couldn’t remove it. Give it a try and let us know. Are you not a mustard fan? Or you don’t have it on hand? If you like mustard and have actual mustard on hand give that a try also. Good luck!

  20. Browningfam says:

    My family really enjoyed these. Great recipe! I made a few without rolling in breaking. I jjust baked those for my oldest daughter who doesn’t care for coconut, and she liked them. I just mixed in a little extra of the coconut/almond flour mixture to the meat mixture. She liked the flavor and didn’t notice the coconut. Thanks for recipe.

  21. Ashleigh Jameson says:

    These are fantastic! I used almond meal instead of almond flour (it was way cheaper at the local farmers market) It still worked great. The coconut really adds a really delicious unique taste. The sauce was fantastic too. The perfect alternative to ketchup.. no high fructose corn syrup and all naturally sweetened. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Abigail says:

    Hi! I am new to paleo and I am trying to compile recipes that my kids will eat before we make the big plunge. Do you think these would freeze well? I would love to have a quick dinner or snack option for after school.

  23. MDelicious says:

    Hi Abigail!

    Welcome to Paleo! These chicken nuggets can be frozen. I have frozen and then reheat them in the oven. Still tastes delicious. :)

  24. Aimee says:

    I made these last night, and they were amazing! I used whole chicken and cut into chunks, because that’s what I had. I just added all the spices to the dry mixture. Thanks for this recipe. It was one of those recipes that is so tasty, that I wonder why everyone doesn’t have a paleo diet.

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  27. Kim says:

    I made these tonight, without the bbq sauce, and they were unbelievably good! I doubled the recipe for leftovers and very glad I did.

  28. Tena Lengacher says:

    what are the macros for this recipe

  29. Jodie Hoogendam says:

    I am anxious to try this recipe. I have seen many recipes that call for unsweetened coconut but it is hard to find. I know you can get it on Amazon but there are several different brands at several different prices. What is a good brand. Also, how long does it stay fresh. Thanks.

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  31. Katie says:

    These were rally good but I’m wondering, does the almond flour oxidizes with the high heat? Sorry, wee bit orthoexic here!

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  36. Jenny says:

    I loved this recipe for the chicken!! The sauce was weird…I think it was the apple cider vinegar or something it didn’t quite work…but I LOVED the chicken!! Will make again! Cheers thanks.

  37. Katie says:

    Mmm, I bet it would be good to sub out the paprika with SMOKED paprika for the bbq sauce (eyebrow wiggle). :)

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