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Easy Keto Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets (crunchy!)

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

A healthier, low-carb option for chicken nuggets

These copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets are an easy weeknight dinner and perfect for picky eaters.

Like most moms, I love the convenience of drive-through chicken nuggets, but not so much the carb count.

Check out the nutritional info of Chick-fil-A nuggets, if you’re interested.

I wanted to find a way to replicate that deliciousness in a more healthy way. Enter: drive through copycat nuggets at home.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets: A secret ingredient

If you want that extra flavor brought out in your chicken, you can marinate your bare chicken bits in pickle juice for a couple of hours.

I’ve heard this is Chick-fil-A’s secret and it’s super yummy!

How so I make the copycat chicken nuggets crunchy?

The real secret here is to get your oil hot enough so the nuggets sizzle when plopped into the pan.

You’ll also want to make sure to paper towel-dry the chicken before bathing them in your whisked egg mixture. This way, they’ll be primed to absorb more egg.

What can I serve low-carb copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets with?

My favorite low-carb barbecue sauce is G Hughes because there’s no aftertaste and only 2 g. carbs per serving.

You’ll also find low-carb options with many hot sauces since they’re mostly a combination of vinegar and pepper- and both are really low in carbs.

What can I serve as a side with chicken nuggets?

Perfect side dish options for nuggets include:

Copycat Low Carb Chick-fil-A nuggets

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Easy Chick-fil-A Copycat Crispy Chicken Nuggets. A simple, keto & low carb chicken nugget recipe with only a few ingredients.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick


  • 1 cup pickle juice optional, to marinate chicken bits before frying
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 lb chicken breast, cut into 1/2 in squares
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • .5 tsp salt


  • Heat oil on med-high heat in medium pan.
  • Slice chicken into 1/2 inch cubes. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • submerge chicken into whisked eggs
  • One at a time, transfer chicken pieces to bowl containing dry ingredients and place in frying pan.
  • Flip nuggets after about 4-5 minutes on each side. Fry until golden brown. Remove and place on a plate with a paper towel.


Serving: 6nuggets (approximate) | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 57.5g | Fat: 18.1g | Cholesterol: 309mg | Sodium: 1245mg


Monday 19th of July 2021

kcals ?? google says one kcal equals 1000 calories? can someone help me understand that? :’)


Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Hi, Teddy! There are 425 calories for this recipe. The food calorie, or kilocalorie (Cal, Calorie or kcal), most widely used in nutrition, is the amount of heat needed to cause the same increase in one kilogram of water. Thus, 1 kilocalorie (kcal) = 1000 calories (cal). I hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday 19th of July 2021

425 calories? And also new to keto so what makes these keto? lol thank you!


Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Hi Breanna, These nuggets are gluten-free, do not contain sugar, or as many carbohydrates as regular breading for nuggets. Instead, almond flour is used. Hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by! -Amber

Kristy H

Sunday 21st of February 2021

I am allergic to Almonds so I Will try with ground seasoned pork rinds


Monday 22nd of February 2021

That sounds like a great substitution, Kristy. Thanks for stopping by and trying the nuggets. -Amber


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Can we list the amount of nuggies per serving please

carrie brown

Monday 1st of February 2021

Me and my fiance really enjoyed these Keto easy copycat chick-fil-a nuggets. They were really good. I'll have to make them again some other time.


Thursday 21st of January 2021

Sure, thanks so much for the suggestion, Diana. And, thanks so much for stopping by LCQ :)

Saturday 15th of August 2020

The seasoning amounts are off. An entire tablespoon (tbsp) each of salt, pepper, and paprika is way too much! Will have to tweek it but otherwise, the pickle juice gives a good flavor. Wonder how these would do in an air fryer?


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Air fryer options?

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