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Spicy Chicken Nuggets / Patties

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This is my most sought after recipe!

Once you try it, you’ll see why!

This recipe makes 40 nuggets or 6 patties



* Spicy Chicken Nuggets / Patties *

For the chicken mixture:

1.5 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts or thighs, raw
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbl yellow or dijon mustard
1/2 tsp chili paste (omit if you don’t want spicy)
1 egg

For the breading:

75g of pork rinds (I prefer the Kroger brand)
pinch of salt
spice if desired (I use this)


Start by crushing pork rinds in food processor with salt and spice into a fine crumb.

Set aside.

Cut chicken into small to medium sized chunks


Add chunked chicken to food processor (I use a ninja blender) along with egg, mustard, paprika, garlic, white pepper, salt and spice if desired. Pulse until it’s combined then process until pulls away from the sides. (similarΒ to dough)


Put mixture into fridge for 30 min to make handling easier – this step is important!


For Nuggets:

Use a small cookie scoop to ball out the mixture. (I used my 1 TBL measuring spoon.)
Dip spoon/scoop in a bowl of water every few scoops to keep from sticking.

For Patties (my preference):

Wet hands and patty out the mixture.


For Breading & Cooking:

Drop a nugget ball onto the pork rind crumbs and gently push down then flip and push down and set aside. This will make the perfect nugget shape.

Do the same for the patties except roll the sides in the crumbs after flipping.

Shallow fry on medium/medium high heat until browned on both sides, about 2 min per side for nuggets and 4 min per side for patties.

Remove to paper towel to drain and eat!!


Play around with the seasonings inside the chicken mixture as well as adding various spices to the pork rind breading!

These are also great when coated in buffalo sauce after draining on paper towels!


I also love to top them with pizza sauce and provolone/mozzarella then broil til bubbly


I’ve also experimented with stuffing the inside of the chicken patties with cheese before breading and frying – it’s fantastic!



I also love saving about 1/4 of the chicken mixture to make naked nuggets!

Pro Tip: refrigerating the chicken mixture for a few days makes it even more flavorful!


Naked nuggets are not breaded and they are delicious with breakfast foods (think spicy chicken sausage)


You cook them exactly the same way, you just omit the breading step.

So, I was thinking the other day about how much they remind me of a BK Broiler.

Do you remember those?

I absolutely loved them! I worked at Burger King when I was 16 and I ate A LOT of them, they were so good! So now I can have BK Broilers at home anytime!

I recommend adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the chicken mixture to turn them into true Broilers – it’s magical!

I started with BK Broiler Sliders and they were so tiny and fun!

For the buns, I used this microwave bread recipe and the coconut flour really imparted a wonderful flavor that went very well with the liquid smoke in the Broilers.


When I made the buns, I used this container which was perfect bc the sides go straight up. These containers also come in this size which I might try next time. Since I used the smaller one, I was able to make 2 breads from the recipe which I cut into thirds and it worked great. I brushed each side of the buns with oil and toasted briefly in a hot pan.


Then I built my Keto Broiler!

I added mayo, lettuce and tomato.


These were so delicious!

I used 1 tbl of mixture to make these broilers but next time I will use 2 tbl so they completely fill up the bun.


We can’t be wasting precious bun space like that again!

I ate these with my absolute favorite thing in the world since I was a kid, Specials!

I also had a bacon wrapped steak from Keto Fridge, so delicious!


9 thoughts on “Spicy Chicken Nuggets / Patties

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    1. I use extra light tasting olive oil. I wouldn’t recommend mct oil but almost any other oil will work. People have also baked these in the oven with great success.

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