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Paleo Chicken Nuggets

“These paleo chicken nuggets are sure to please even the pickiest eaters! This recipe is unique because the nuggets are coated with crushed plantain chips as breading, giving them a crispy and crunchy texture. You can make these chicken nuggets AIP elimination phase compliant by replacing the eggs with an organic avocado or olive oil!” – Ann McNeel, USWM January 2024 Featured Chef

By Ann McNeel | Clean Me AIP

USWM Shopping List: Pastured Ground Chicken 

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • Approximately 9oz (2 bags) of plantain chips
  • Avocado oil or olive oil for frying
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Recipe Directions: 

  1. Fill the bottom of a large frying pan with low and preheat the pan on
    the lowest heat possible
  2. Set up four bowls in a row
  3. In the first bowl, place your ground chicken
  4. In the second bowl, mix arrowroot flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt
  5. In the third bowl, whisk two eggs
  6. Run your plantain chips through a food processor until finely ground,
    and pour the ground chips into your fourth bowl
  7. Take “chicken-nugget-sized” pieces of ground chicken and first dip in
    the arrowroot mixture
  8. Then, immediately dip the piece of chicken in the whisked egg
  9. Next, roll the chicken in crushed plantain chips until fully coated
    Gently place it into your heated pan
  10. Repeat the above steps for the remainder of the ground chicken
  11. Keep your heat on low through the entire cooking process (especially
    if using olive oil)
  12. Once you’ve placed all of the chicken in the pan, start flipping the
    nuggets, starting with the ones that have been in the pan the longest
    When all nuggets have been flipped, use a meat thermometer to measure
    internal temperatures
  13. When the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the nugget
    (I like to place them on unbleached paper towels to soak up excess
  14. Enjoy!

We were very excited to cook with plantains. These fruits are delicious and very nutritious as they are a great source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Moreover, they may help in regulating blood pressure. This paleo-friendly version of the traditional chicken nuggets provides a tasty meal. It offers the peace of mind that you are taking a proactive approach toward improving overall health and well-being. Check out our Blog for more fantastic family-friendly recipes! 


Meet nutritionist and this month’s US Wellness Meats Featured Chef, Ann McNeel. Before becoming a nutritionist, Ann earned a Ph.D. in marketing with an emphasis on food consumption behavior, a field close to her heart, after battling and eventually overcoming childhood obesity. Ann has always been a food enthusiast and has been experimenting in the kitchen for decades. After being diagnosed with autoimmune inflammatory arthritis in 2019, Ann’s passion for nutritious eating has flourished. She is a ‘clean’ cook who aims to utilize the purest ingredients in healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy! Follow Ann on Instagram or at her website