Think it’s challenging to find tasty and satisfying meals that are gluten-free and dairy-free? Think again. These gluten-free quinoa chicken nuggets are a delicious and flavorful alternative to traditional chicken nuggets! They also just so happen to be dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free, making them incredibly allergy-friendly. These quinoa chicken nuggets are high protein and perfect for meal prepping or a quick lunch or dinner!
Why You’ll Love These Delicious Gluten-Free Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
They’re easy to make!
They are fun and nostalgic.
They’re kid-friendly (with added nutrients).
These nuggets are packed with protein.
They are super allergy-friendly!
All you need to make these gluten-free quinoa chicken nuggets is 2 bowls and a baking sheet.
Ingredients Needed for These Gluten-Free Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Breast: I usually opt for organic chicken when I can. I think it’s important to buy high-quality meat if you are able to!
Quinoa: I love using quinoa for “breading” in this recipe! Quinoa is a gluten-free, high-protein seed that is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you are short on time, grab a frozen microwavable bag of quinoa for this recipe!
Avocado Oil: I love the Chosen Foods brand for this because it is 100% avocado oil and high quality. I usually order it in my Thrive Market box. Thrive Market is my absolute favorite place to get gluten-free and dairy-free groceries delivered right to my doorstep! If you use my link to sign up, you can get 40% off your first order!
Garlic/Salt/Spices: I typically use garlic and salt in mine, but you can use any spices you choose! You can even add buffalo sauce to spice it up! My favorite salt is Redmond’s Real Salt because it is super high quality and natural. If you want to try it, you can use my code LESSWITHLAUR for 15% off their website.
How To Make These Crispy Gluten-Free Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Preheat oven to 400 °F. In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa with garlic and salt (plus any additional spices you wish). Pour avocado oil (or sub an egg if you can tolerate) into another bowl. Dip each piece of chicken into avocado oil and then quinoa and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crispy! Option to broil for 1 minute at the end for extra crispiness. Enjoy immediately with your favorite dipping sauce!
Substitutions and Variations
If you would like to make the quinoa quicker, use a microwavable frozen bag of quinoa to cut down on time. You can also add buffalo sauce into these for spicy nuggets!
Feel free to store these gluten-free quinoa chicken nuggets in the fridge for 4-5 days. If you have issues with histamine intolerance, you may want to freeze them for meal prep and reheat them when you are ready to consume them! They are honestly also great for anyone to freeze and have on hand as a healthier frozen meal option.
Are these chicken nuggets nut-free?
Yes, they are nut-free!
Can you use another oil besides avocado oil?
Personally, I have not tried another oil, but any oil should work!
Make sure to try these gluten-free and dairy-free dinner recipes next:
How to Make Gluten-Free Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
- 1 package chicken breasts, cut into nuggets
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 3/4 cup avocado oil (or sub for egg)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Dash salt
- buffalo sauce (optional)
- dipping sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 °F. In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa with garlic and salt (plus any additional spices you wish).
- Pour avocado oil (or sub an egg if you can tolerate) into another bowl.
- Dip each piece of chicken into avocado oil and then quinoa and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crispy! Option to broil for 1 minute at the end for extra crispiness.
- Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!