Paleo Chick-fil-A (Gluten-Free) |

Paleo Chick-fil-A (Gluten-Free)

 Make this Paleo Chick-fil-A at home for healthier chicken nuggets and a take on the fast food favorite! The secret is in the pickle juice! It's grain-free, gluten-free, paleo and totally kid approved.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Whole30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 412 kcal


  • 1 lb chicken breasts cut into large chunks
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika sweet or smoked
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or avocado oil for frying


  1. Prep and marinate the chicken. Cut the chicken breast into large chunks, and put it in a ziptop plastic bag. Pour the pickle juice into the bag. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (I kept it in overnight). After it’s done marinating, pour the pickle juice out of the bag.

  2. Add the wet ingredients. In a small bowl, mix the beaten egg and coconut milk. Pour that into the bag and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the spice mix.

  3. Prep the dry ingredients. In another small bowl, mix the coconut flour, arrowroot flour, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion power and garlic powder.

  4. Drain the wet ingredients. Open the bag and drain out as much egg / coconut milk as you can. It doesn’t have to be completely dry because you want something for the spice mix to stick to.

  5. Coat the chicken. Pour the spice mix into the bag, close the top, and really massage it into the chicken. This may take a minute or two but you want all the pieces to be evenly coated.

  6. Fry it up. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil until the oil is very hot. Add a single layer of chicken (being careful not to crowd it) to the pan and fry on each side for about 3 minutes or until it’s completely cooked through. It took me two batches to cook one pound of chicken.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Use a basic salt water brine solution instead of pickle juice: 1 teaspoon salt to 1/3 cup water.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Chick-fil-A (Gluten-Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 738mg31%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.