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Pork Rind Chicken Nuggets Chunks of chicken coated in a pork rind dust and then fried until golden brown! These pork rind chicken nuggets are crunchy, smoky, juicy, and golden brown. they are so flavorful and easy to make!

pork rind chicken nuggets baked on a sheet pan

Word on the street is kids like chicken nuggets.  Who knew?

Crunchy pork rinds, smoky seasoning, and juicy chicken...these pork rind crusted chicken nuggets are so flavorful and easy to make. My kids love them!

 

My kids are out of school for the summer…are yours?  One of my biggest dilemmas is what to feed the little rascals for lunch!  I don’t know about your kids, but mine are unbelievably picky.  Nothing green, nothing leafy, nothing even minutely resembling a vegetable!  I have to be really clever with their meals because I don’t want them eating a ton of carbs…and did I mention my youngest doesn’t like meat?  Help me!

One thing they do like are these pork rind chicken nuggets.  My oldest likes them dipped in Primal Kitchen Foods Ranch, and my youngest just likes them plain.

What I really like about these yummy little nuggets is that they are breaded (crusted) in pork rinds, duh.  The pork rinds give them such good flavor!  I did a 2 step crusting (breading) process that involves beaten egg and the crushed pork rinds.  You know how people season their flour before they bread their chicken?  I think that is such a waste of seasoning!  Why not season the chicken before you start breading (crusting)?  That’s what I do!

Season chicken, dip in beaten egg, smother with crushed pork rinds, fry until golden brown.  The egg doesn’t wash off the seasoning!

I have found that the pork rinds need to be crushed pretty fine or they won’t get as crispy.  I crunch mine up in a food processor.  You may have to do 2 batches depending on the size of your food processor.

I pan fried these pork rind chicken nuggets in avocado oil to up the fat content, but you could definitely bake them in the oven.  You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast.

Check out my other chicken recipes such as my no mess crispy chicken thighs!

HOW TO MAKE PORK RIND CHICKEN NUGGETS VIDEO:

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Crunchy pork rinds, smoky seasoning, and juicy chicken...these pork rind chicken nuggets are so flavorful and easy to make. My kids love them!
Pork Rind Chicken Nuggets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Chunks of chicken coated in a pork rind dust and then fried until golden brown! These pork rind chicken nuggets are crunchy, smoky, juicy, and golden brown. they are so flavorful and easy to make!
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 215 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 Chicken Breasts , cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag of pork rinds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Avocado oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Crush your pork rinds in a food processor until they resemble crumbs. Dump them into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs then add the seasonings and mix well.  Add the chicken to the egg mixture and stir to coat.

  3. In batches dip the chicken into the the pork rinds. Toss to coat

  4. Heat about an inch of avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken in batches until golden brown. A couple of minutes per side should be sufficient.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve immediately
Recipe Notes
  • You can also bake these in the oven at 375F for 15 minutes

 

Low carb and keto chicken nuggets using pork rinds as the breading.  Instructions for frying and baking!

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    • Beth
    • November 3, 2018
    Reply

    Have you ever used the air fryer to cook them and I’m looking to free e some, would I freeze before or after cooking? Thanks

      • jenniferbanz
      • November 4, 2018
      Reply

      I bet they would be great in the air fryer! I am not sure about the freezing so I think I need to experiment and add that to the recipe.

    • Brenda
    • October 31, 2018
    Reply

    The nuggets are amazing! Is there any way I could get the nutrition facts? That would be wonderful if you could do that for me. Thank you.

    • Gina Sheridan
    • September 9, 2018
    Reply

    How long and what temperature would you use to bake them

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 10, 2018
      Reply

      We did 375F for 15 minutes

    • Vanessa
    • September 6, 2018
    Reply

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been craving fried chicken like a madwoman since I started keto but your recipe righted me! I was astonished at how well the batter stuck together and stayed nice and crispy, like an airy panko. I seasoned the chicken like you mentioned and used plenty of thyme and rosemary and… thank you so much!! New go to!

    • Hayley
    • August 6, 2018
    Reply

    I made these last week for my little guy that has Type 1 Diabetes. Originally I was going to do tenders but I saw your recipe and thought nuggets would be a good idea. He loved them and so did I! I couldn’t stop eating them! Thankfully I made a big enough batch for leftovers and froze those for easy and fast dinners in the future. I was surprised the pork rind flavor disappeared when baking. Will definitely make these again!

      • jenniferbanz
      • August 7, 2018
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      So glad you liked them!

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