Paleo baked broccoli and chicken nuggets on a plate with small bowl of ketchup

Simple, tasty, and healthy chicken nuggets! I am all about sneaking in those veggies into any dish, and the broccoli in these chicken nuggets is the perfect addition!

These are easy to make, picky eater approved, and can go with any sides or dips you love! I’m all about a good dip situation. Love these with regular old ketchup (I opt for an unsweetened ketchup), or some paleo BBQ sauce! SO good you guys!

These make a great meal prep food, or a simple and fun dinner. Maybe I’m too old for chicken nuggets but I’ll never quit them lol. Too good!

Paleo baked broccoli and chicken nuggets on a plate with small bowl of ketchup

I love Simple Mills or HU Kitchen crackers for this recipe. They make some great flavored paleo crackers, and these will work with any cracker flavor you love! If you aren’t paleo, you could definitely make these with any cracker you love, too!

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nutrient-dense. And so delicious!

Let me know if you guys give these a try! Enjoy! xo

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Paleo Baked Broccoli Chicken Nuggets

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15-18 nuggets
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


Paleo broccoli chicken nuggets. Simple, healthy, and delicious!


  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into tiny pieces (measure after chopping)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil ⠀
  • 1 lb ground chicken ⠀
  • 1/2 cup paleo cracker crumbs (pulverize crackers in a blender; choose ones with a flavor you love!)⠀
  • 1 egg⠀
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt ⠀
  • 1/2 tsp paprika ⠀
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning ⠀
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder ⠀
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder ⠀
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper ⠀

For the breading: ⠀

  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs ⠀
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning⠀
  • 1/4 tsp paprika ⠀
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt ⠀
  • Dash of black pepper⠀


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.⠀
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the broccoli with the olive oil be a little sea salt for 3-4 minutes, until soft and bright green. Set aside to cool. ⠀
  3. While broccoli is cooling, mix the breading ingredients together in a shallow bowl. ⠀
  4. In a large bowl, use clean hands to mix all ingredients for the chicken nuggets (besides the breading ingredients) until well combined. ⠀
  5. Form the mixture into small balls and line them up on the parchment paper, then dip each nugget into the breading mixture until all sides are coated and shape into nuggets before placing back on the parchment paper.⠀
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until nuggets are cooked through and the bottom side is browned. To reheat leftovers, do so in the oven at 375°F for a few minutes!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Paleo, Recipes


May 4, 2020

Paleo Baked Broccoli Chicken Nuggets

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  1. Keely says:

    10/10!! I love chicken nuggets and probably won’t go back to anything else. These were so easy to make and SO tasty.

  2. Katie says:

    So easy & so yummy!! Love that the broccoli is snuck in there.

  3. Fiorella Baste says:

    I love the way many of your recipes introduce vegetables for people who don’t like them just like in this one, because it kind of “hides” them. Very delicious!! ????

  4. melina says:

    Hi Mia, I def want to try and make these for my 2 year old 🙂 Curious, for meal prep, do you recommend to freeze uncooked?

  5. Melina SAGARRICA says:

    Hi Mia, do you think that simple mills sea salt crackers can work for breading (I would omit the salt)?

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