Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    20 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    35 min

Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Nuggets

Turn things up a notch with these spicy chicken nuggets! You’ll never crave those drive-thru chicken nuggets ever again once you get your hands on an air fryer. An air fryer gives these chicken nuggets the perfect crispiness without having to use any unhealthy oils. But don’t worry, this recipe is still completely Keto in fat content! Fresh-cut, meaty chicken nuggets are coated in a highly seasoned flour coating. Then, they’re dipped in egg and rolled in a spicy pork rind breading. This recipe is very kid-friendly! Make these nuggets as part of lunchtime or let the older children help dredge and bread the nuggets themselves.

Jessica L.

How Can I Make This Recipe Less Spicy?

Worried you can’t handle the heat? Don’t worry, you can make some easy adjustments to this recipe to make the heat level to your liking. If you cannot find spicy pork rinds, or don’t want spicy at all, simply use plain pork rinds. If you DO like spicy flavor, simply add extra chili powder or hot paprika to the plain ground pork rinds. To avoid the heat, you can also omit the chili powder or lower the amount in your flour dredge. To cool off the spicy flavor, you can also pair your nuggets with a Keto dipping sauce.

What Should I Eat With My Spicy Chicken Nuggets?

Carb Manager makes many delicious Keto dipping sauce you can eat with your spicy nuggets. Try the Carb Manager Keto Ranch Dressing or Keto Mexi-Ranch Dressing recipes. Don’t like ranch? The Asian Sweet Chili Sauce is another homemade dipping sauce that will make you forget your drive-thru cravings! For a side dish, please the kids with the Carb Manager Kid-Friendly Butternut Cheesy Fries or enjoy the Parmesan Zucchini Fries yourself. For a healthier option, choose from one of Carb Manager’s many Keto salad recipes.

  • Net Carbs

    0.9 g

  • Fiber

    0.3 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.2 g

  • Protein

    6.2 g

  • Fats

    3.1 g

56 cals

Keto Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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  • Raw Chicken Tenders

    Raw Chicken Tenders

    12 oz

  • Seasoned Salt

    Seasoned Salt

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Paleo Baking Flour by Bob's Red Mill

    Paleo Baking Flour by Bob's Red Mill

    6 tablespoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning

    Lemon Pepper Seasoning

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Paprika


    ¼ teaspoon

  • Chili Powder

    Chili Powder

    ¼ teaspoon

  • Raw Egg

    Raw Egg

    1 large

  • Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds Chicharrones by Clancy's

    Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds Chicharrones by Clancy's

    2-¼ ounce

Recipe Steps

steps 3

35 min

  • Step 1

    Prepare approximately 2 chicken tenders per serving by cutting each tender into 3 pieces. The original amount listed in the ingredients should result in 18 pieces. Toss the cut chicken tenders in a large mixing bowl with the seasoned salt. If you cannot find raw chicken tenders in your grocery store, simply slice boneless chicken breast into tenders at home.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Prepare all the breading ingredients. On a plate, combine the paleo flour, black pepper, lemon pepper, paprika, and chili powder. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg. On a second plate, arrange ground pork rinds, which you can pulse into a breading in your food processor. For this recipe, you may wish to add extra paleo flour, egg, and pork rinds to have excess breading materials to work with.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    One by one, roll a chicken nugget in the flour mixture. Then, dip it in the egg. Let any excess egg drip off the nugget before rolling in the spicy pork rind mixture. Arrange every breaded chicken nugget on your air fryer trays lined with parchment paper. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees and bake for 12 minutes. Flip the nuggets over and bake for an additional 8 minutes before serving. 6 chicken nuggets are suggested per serving.
    Step 3