chicken nuggets that are both keto and carnivore

Everyone loves chicken nuggets! Especially kids. I haven’t had one in almost 4 years since I changed to a ketogenic lifestyle. This month I’m following carnivore, just to see what effects it will have on me, if any. I’ve been trying to find some new ideas for dinner. My daughter has been making chicken nuggets for her son, so I decided to give that a try!

This recipe is totally carnivore but can be modified to be spicy or to use almond flour instead of the pork rinds and/or Parmesan cheese for the breading. You can also add more spices to make spicy nuggets. This recipe can be made into nuggets or patties. Have a patty on a chaffle bun with mayo, lettuce and tomato. YUM! They’d also be great with a sugar free ketchup, BBQ or mustard sauce for your Super Bowl party. How about a patty with red sauce and mozzarella. Or even just a patty with gravy. Yes! This recipe can be worked into a whole new list of possible recipe ideas. I can’t wait to try them all!

I ground my own chicken for this, but you can buy it in the store already ground. My recipe is based on chicken breast, but adding thigh meat will add to the fat count.

If you’d like to talk keto or carnivore, feel free to shoot me an email! I love talking keto! Be sure to join my free facebook group too! Talk to you soon!

Keto/Carnivore Chicken Nuggets

Enjoy the food that everyone loves in a healthy way!

Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, carnivore, diabetic, Keto, ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword chicken, keto, lowcarb, snack
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 60 nuggets
Calories 225 kcal


Chicken Mixture

  • 3 lbs ground chicken Or grind your own
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 /2 tsp oregano

Breading Mixture

  • 1 cup pork rinds ground
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

  3. Mix ground pork rinds and cheese together in a flat container.

    chicken nuggets breading
  4. Mix chicken, egg, and spices together.

  5. Form a small patty of desired size, from the chicken mix. Place it on the breading.

    carnivore chicken nuggets
  6. Using a fork, cover chicken with mixture.

  7. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

    carnivore nuggets
  8. Continue steps 5, 6 and 7 until all chicken has been used. If you run out of breading, simply make more.

  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

    baked chicken nuggets

Recipe Notes

Non carnivore options for breading 

Use almond flour instead of pork rinds. 

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. 

Place nuggets on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about a half hour,  then place in a freezer bag or container to keep for a later date. They can be reheated in the air fryer, microwave or oven. 

Nutrition Facts
Keto/Carnivore Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (4 nuggets)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.6g19%
Saturated Fat 3.9g24%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g
Cholesterol 131.2mg44%
Sodium 296.7mg13%
Potassium 16.2mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 27.1g54%
Vitamin A 7.4IU0%
Calcium 11.6mg1%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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