Crispy Pork Rind Crusted Chicken Nuggets Or Strips {Keto, Paleo, Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg & Nut Free}

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Even if you ‘re not a huge fan of pork rinds, kids and adults alike will love these keto chicken nuggets! They are tender and juicy and the pork rind breading makes them extra crispy and flavorful – they can also be made into chicken strips  and have a nut and egg free option 🙂

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keto pork rind crusted chicken nuggets

I think all kids love chicken nuggets and my kids are no exception. I usually make THESE Paleo Chicken Strips for my kids but since we are eating more Keto, they are too high in carbs to be Keto friendly 🙁

So I decided to try pork rind crusted chicken… even though I really don’t like pork rinds.  I put off trying them for a long time but I finally did, and to my surprise they were GREAT! Why didn’t I try this sooner??

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Everyone has their own way of making pork rind crusted chicken, but I prefer to bread mine with a bit of almond flour added to the mixture (but you don’t have to if you’re nut free!), omit the Parmesan Cheese like most recipes call for to keep them dairy free,  add lots of spices, and fry them in avocado oil – which makes them juicy, flavorful, and extra crispy.

I even have an egg free version for my egg free peeps! I had lots of trials where the breading just slid right off, but soaking them in a homemade non-dairy buttermilk mixture did the trick. The breading stayed on perfectly and was nice and crispy 🙂


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Pork Rind Crusted Chicken Nuggets Or Strips {Keto, Paleo, Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Nut Free}

*In order for these to be crispy, be sure to grind the pork rinds very finely.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: gluten free, keto, Main Course, Nut Free, paleo, whole30
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg free, gluten free chicken, gluten free chicken nuggets, keto chicken nuggets, keto chicken nuggets egg free, keto chicken nuggets pork rinds, keto chicken srips egg free, keto chicken strips, paleo chicken nuggets, paleo chicken nuggets egg free, paleo chicken strips, paleo chicken strips egg free, pork rind crusted chicken recipe, pork rinds
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Cassidy

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  • 2 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (preferred) or breasts cut into 1 inch cubes OR Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1/2 Cup Blanched Almond Flour OR additional 1/2 Bag of Pork Rinds
  • 3 oz. Bag Pork Rinds
  • 2 Large Eggs OR 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk + 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Avocado Oil or as needed


  • Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes if making nuggets.
  • If using egg free option, add chicken to a resealable baggie with the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Seal and place in refrigerator for 1-3 hours.
  • Place the pork rinds in a large resealable baggie. Seal, removing as much air as possible. Crush with a rolling pin until very finely ground. Alternatively, you can crush them in a food processor. Depending on the size of your food processor you might need to process them in batches.
  • In a large shallow mixing bowl, whisk the eggs (if using).
  • In a separate shallow mixing bowl, combine the pork rinds, almond flour (if using), sea salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. If using milk mixture, add about 2 tsp. to the pork rinds and mix with fork.
  • Place about 1/2 inch of avocado oil a medium/large skillet (I prefer cast iron) and heat over medium heat.
  • Use tongs to dredge the chicken in the eggs (if using).
  • Then, dredge chicken in the pork rind mixture and set aside on a plate.
  • Once oil is hot, place as many as will comfortably fit in the skillet and fry 3-4 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through. Repeat until all chicken is cooked.
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Nutrition Facts
Pork Rind Crusted Chicken Nuggets Or Strips {Keto, Paleo, Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Nut Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 211mg 70%
Sodium 815mg 34%
Potassium 409mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.


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Posted June 2, 2018 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Nut Free, Paleo, Whats For Dinner?, Whole30 / 8 Comments


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8 responses to “Crispy Pork Rind Crusted Chicken Nuggets Or Strips {Keto, Paleo, Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg & Nut Free}

  1. Kathy Tanner

    looking forward to trying your recipe. I am using chicken tenders because that is what I have on hand. Couldn’t find how many servings, or serving size. Any ideas?

    • Hi Kathy!

      The nutritional info is for 1 serving and there are 6 servings in the recipe. I can’t say exactly how many nuggets are in each serving because everyone will cut them slightly different. Typically though, each serving will be around 5 or 6 nuggets.

    • Hi Susanne! Oh man, I don’t remember exactly – I should’ve written it down! I’m thinking it’s around 5 or 6 but next time I make them I will let you know and also update the recipe. So sorry!!!


  2. Charlotte Moore

    This looks so good. My neighbor told me she has been using pork rinds to do chicken. Never would have thought of it.

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