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Lectin-free Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I’ve been seeing a lot of interest lately from parents trying to get their children to eat better, healthier food. And give up some of the worst offenders in the Standard American Diet such as sugar and heavily processed food. I can imagine how difficult it is for these parents when their kids are surrounded by so many unhealthy choices.

So I’ve been thinking to put together a menu to help parents help their children eat better. Easy to prepare, easy to store for few days and even freeze, and quite fun to involve the children in the preparation process.

I’ll start with this homemade chicken nuggets recipe, because well, it is one of the children’s most favorite foods.

What’s in a chicken nugget?

When fast foods push chicken nuggets as a healthy alternative for children, they don’t tell you what’s in it. To start with, you will never find a chicken nugget in any type of restaurant that is made with breast from a pasture-raised chicken. You will find organic, range-free, all-natural (whatever that means, I always wondered). That doesn’t mean anything anymore. The birds are still confined in small and dark spaces, inhumanly raised and fed grains, with no real access to pasture.

“You are what you ate, ate.” Dr. Steven Gundry, The Plant Paradox

So to start with, if you eat chicken, choose the best pasture-raised option you can find. There are few relatively big farms in the US (such as Primal Pastures and Burgundy Pasture Beef) that deliver nationwide. There are also local small farmers if you search enough. To be really clear here, most still supplement with grains, but it is minimal and if it’s the best option available I would go with that as opposed to fast-food nuggets or organic chicken.

Now, what else is in fast food chicken nuggets? According to draxe.com (and confirmed by other articles): TBHQ (a petroleum-based preservative), autolyzed yeast extract (containing MSG), GMO corn, dimethylpolysiloxane anti-foaming agent, hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium (a great amount!), bleached wheat, sugar (dextrose); not to mention that 60% of the ‘meat’ is fat, blood vessels, ground bone and gristle. Plus they are deep-fried in canola or mysterious vegetable oil that has been reheated and reused numerous times. SAD!

Homemade healthy chicken nuggets recipe

For lectin-free homemade chicken nuggets, you just need pasture-raised chicken breast, spices (such as iodized sea salt and pepper, Hungarian paprika and maybe cayenne pepper if you and your family like them a little spicy, onion powder, garlic powder, maybe some thyme/rosemary/sage?), pasture-raised or omega 3 eggs, almond flour and cassava flour. Easy right?

If you want to serve the chicken nuggets with a dipping sauce, try these lectin-free options: Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing (Lectin-Free)Green Dream Herb Dressing and my Barbecue Sauce.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 4
Prep Time: 25 mins Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (halves) from a pasture-raised chicken
  • 2 pasture-raised / omega 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour
  • Spices: iodized sea salt, pepper, Hungarian paprika, organic garlic and onion powders
  • Avocado oil

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 400F.

2

Cut chicken breasts into stripes on their lengths and sprinkle with a mix of spices.

3

Put the two flours in two separate plates.

4

Beat the eggs well in a deep plate. Add some salt and pepper to the eggs.

5

Coat the stripes with a thin layer of cassava flour. Soak each stripe into the egg mixture.

6

Next layer and last will be the almond flour.

7

Arrange on an oven pan oiled with avocado oil (you can also use parchment paper) and bake for 15-20 mins, depending on how big they are. Check one after 15 minutes, you don't want to overcook them.

Notes

You can make more batches at once and freeze or store them in an air-tight glass container in the fridge for few days. They are good to eat warm or cold.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Wynne Walker
    August 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    You might want to fix the spelling for the #4 instruction. 🙂

    • Reply
      Claudia
      August 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Jeez! Thank you, fixed it 😀

  • Reply
    Patty
    December 31, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Looking for a good lectin-free bread recipe. The walnut bread is delicious but it’s more of a dessert.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      January 1, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Patty, there are many good lectin-free bread recipes. Usually they are made with sourdough, so you will have to make a grain free sourdough starter first. I’m working on mine as we speak. The easiest way to make bread though is to use mixes of flours you can buy, one is California Country Gal (google and check her website), and the other is Simple Mills (I find it in Whole Foods, is called Artisan Bread Mix; they also make a Pizza mix that is very good). If you send me an email or DM me on Instagram, I can send you some names and links of people who make bread. xx

      • Reply
        Heather Kociemba
        April 15, 2021 at 7:21 am

        Hi Claudia,

        I would love the recipe for sourdough bread. I would also love to have the links for recipes you mentioned. Thank you for sharing your information with “the lost!”

        • Reply
          Claudia
          April 17, 2021 at 5:35 am

          Hi Heather, I’m not sure what recipes you are referring to. I re-read this post and I don’t see any reference to other recipes. Please let me know so I can help you. xx

  • Reply
    Sarah
    May 5, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I made these for two very picky girls and my toddler tonight and they loved them!!! Thank you so much!! Will definitely be making these again!

    • Reply
      Claudia
      May 7, 2021 at 4:49 am

      Thank you so much Sarah, so happy your little ones loved them!

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