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. What a great idea! I’ve had the shrimps with coconut coating, but these chicken nuggets are a wonderful variation!

  2. I made them tonight with slight variations, chicken breast instead of ground chicken and some other changes… SO AMAZINGLY DELISH!!! OMG… all my friends have been referred to your site and I’ve posted it on my blog…. thank you, thank you for helping me add some flavor to my what seemed to be getting boring chicken breast!! YUM… a keeper 😉

  3. adrienne says:

    I’ve been lurking for awhile. You post faster than I can cook. lol. It never occurred to be to use coconut and chicken together but I loved it.

    I too used chicken breasts instead of the ground chicken and I used a spicy seasoning with the coconut and they played well off each other.

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  5. Kelly says:

    I just wanted to make sure its tomato paste, not tomato sauce! Thanks :)

  6. MDelicious says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Yes, it’s tomato paste. :)

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  8. Sheena says:

    These sound amazing! I am new to Paleo, and have a tree nut allergy! Go figure….was wondering if I could sub with coconut flour instead of almond flour? I will prob just experiment anyway! Thank you!!

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  10. Annette says:

    These totally rock! I used the meat grinder attachment on my Kitchen Aid to grind the chicken. About 3 lbs of a mixture of boneless skinless chicken breast and boneless skinless chicken thighs. I was out of garlic powder and so I used 3 crushed garlic cloves instead. These are amazing! Pretty easy too! Thanks!

  11. Making these right now (though I forgot to pan-fry them first). They smell awesome!

  12. Lindsey Sundal says:

    Made these tonight with turkey and whole wheat flour. Still awesome but does anyone have nutritional value?

  13. Jerseygirlinmarin says:

    My husband and I love these for the perfect snack. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  15. Donna says:

    These sound great! We have multiple nut allergies so almond flour is out. would more coconut flour work or just make it sticky? thxs :)

  16. MDelicious says:

    Hi Donna,

    I haven’t tried these with all coconut flour but you can give it a try. I just wouldn’t use as much. Coconut Flour goes a long way. If you try it let me know how they turn out. :)

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  19. Cassie says:

    These were amazing! I chose to make sweet and sour instead of BBQ sauce. My only suggestion is to keep an eye on the nuggets in the pan because mine didn’t need three minutes each side and ended up burning. I will definitely make this again! (oh and I used ground turkey because I couldn’t find chicken..)

  20. Katie says:

    Do you mind if we pin recipes from your site to pinterest? Thanks!

  21. Katie says:

    Do you mind if we pin to pinterest? Thanks!

  22. MDelicious says:

    Oh yes Katie, please do! I love pinterest! :)

  23. Doris says:

    Thank you for this chicken nugget recipe. I haven’t made the BBQ sauce yet, but I made the chicken nuggets ahead of time and did 1.5 of this recipe to make 27 nuggets. I just tasted one out of the oven and it is the BEST chicken nugget. I think I can eat all the nuggets but will have to resist.

    My gosh, my kids are going to love this!!! Thanks!

    My kids really love the paleo foods I’m making and I’m getting great ideas from you and a bunch of other paleo bloggers. Oh, I used almond meal instead as I didn’t have almond flour. It worked great.

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  26. A recipe for the kids…..i am making this for myself! Looking delicious!

  27. Kate says:

    I’m new to all of this, so my question is my children have an egg intolerance, is there anything I can substitute the egg with in this recipe? I think it would be a hit with my kids.

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  30. barbara says:

    Any word on whether the coconut flour worked? We have nut allergies too.

  31. MDelicious says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I haven’t heard anyone that has ended up using the coconut flour. I’m sure you could replace. I would just suggest using a tablespoon of the coconut flour instead of 1/4 though because it’s a dense flour. Let me know if you try. :)

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  33. Just a quick question: How long can you keep the sauce in the fridge? I’m sure we won’t use it all in one sitting?

  34. MDelicious says:

    Hi Elizabeth! I would suggest keeping it in your fridge for up to 3 weeks and no longer than a month just to be on the safe side. We went through ours pretty quickly. You could even freeze it too if you want it to last a little longer. Similar to how you would freeze a soup, etc.

  35. Karen says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the outstanding recipe both my 10 yr old and 2yr old loved them.

  36. Douglas Merriott says:

    Great recipe! I doubled it and subbed out coconut flour. Should have read the comments because mine were dry but tasty. Next time I will cut the flour way down.

    Thank you!

  37. April says:

    These were great!!! Didnt have ground chicken, so used ground turkey and it worked well. Also, made my own honey-mustard sauce to dip in, and that worked perfectly!! :) Thanks for a great recipe!

  38. Summer says:

    Do you think u could freeze these?

  39. MDelicious says:

    Hi Summer, I haven’t tried freezing these but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Let us know if you do.

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  42. Julie Bosse says:

    Loved the nuggets!! I used cut up chicken breast instead of ground chicken and they were awesome!!

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  44. Mary says:

    This looks great and I think my daughter will love it, gonna make this tonight! I love kid friendly paleo!

  45. krista says:

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them for my kids. All of your food looks delicious!

  46. Jen says:

    Can you make the sauce with something besides orange juice? We never buy it and don’t really want to buy it just for this recipe.

  47. MDelicious says:

    Hi Jen,
    You can try it without the orange juice. The juice gives it a slight sweetness. I have another BBQ sauce recipe (which I actually like better) in my new e-cookbook that doesn’t have juice or added sweeteners. If you look to the left of the blog on the food page you can see a button that will take you to the page that will tell you more about the book. :)

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