Allergy Friendly Chicken Nuggets (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Tree Nut, Peanut, GMO Free)




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Problem:  You are having a huge dinner party and 3 of the kids invited are allergic to the following:  Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Wheat/Gluten.   What in the world can you possibly make that would be safe for everyone to consume, and taste great so that kids will eat it?

Solution:  This chicken is the perfect answer (along with some fruit and vegetables of course).   Along with being organic (optional) and GMO free (assuming you use organic ingredients), it just happens to be free of the top 8 food allergens:

                    Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts, Fish, Shellfish, Soy, and Wheat

Not only that, but it is insanely delicious and easy to make.  It's much nicer when everyone sitting around the table can enjoy the same food at a meal or get together.  It also makes for much less worrying for parents of children with food allergies.  You never have to worry that one kid is going to reach over and grab something off of another kid's plate that they can't eat!


3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
salt & pepper


1.  Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
2.  In a small bowl, combine the mustard and the honey.  Put the chicken pieces in this bowl and stir until all of  the chicken is coated in the sauce.
3.  In another small bowl, combine the cornmeal, sugar and shredded coconut.  Add in a few shakes of salt and pepper.  Stir to  combine until well mixed. 
4.  When the oil is very hot (after a few minutes), take a piece of the chicken from the sauce bowl and drop it into the cornmeal mixture bowl.  Turn it to coat all sides with the breading.  Slowly drop it into the frying pan.   Repeat until your frying pan is full (but none of the pieces of chicken are touching each other...they need room to cook properly).
5.  After a few minutes, gently flip one of the nuggets over to see if it is golden.  If its golden and crispy, flip all of the remaining nuggets.  Cook on the second side for another few minutes. 
6.  Remove from pan after both sides are golden.  It's VERY important that you let the nuggets cool for 5 minutes before attempting to eat them.  The coating is super fragile straight out of the pan (because there is no egg holding it all together), and it needs time to harden slightly to best hold its shape. 

These are best eaten warm, about 5-15 minutes after cooking.  They would store well in the fridge, if you are ok with eating cold chicken nuggets :)

Notes:   I would normally make homemade chicken nuggets with egg in the crust, because it's easier....but if you are feeding someone with an egg allergy, these are amazing!!  It makes me happy when all of the children at a party can eat the same food, without anyone having to feel left out or different.  The honey mustard gives the nuggets such a subtle flavor wouldn't know it was there if you hadn't cooked them yourself.

Before anyone flips out and says "coconut is a tree nut"....its technically not, according to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN).  It's a seed, also known as a drupe.

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    17 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    Allergic reactions are caused by the protein in the food. Coconut oil is a fat hence there should not be an allergic reaction caused by coconut oil.


    2 years ago

    Honey Mustard is often made with mayonnaise, contains eggs. Be certain the product you choose does not contain eggs!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Great point! I use Annie's Naturals Organic Honey Mustard which does not contain eggs.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been experimenting with Buckwheat flour (which ain't wheat), Oat meal and Chickpea flour (called also Gram flour and other names) and trying various kinds of mix, I find the buckwheat flour gives a nice nutty flavour. I report back when I get the perfect mix! Thanks for the inspiration.


    Reply 6 years ago

    My 3 year old son can't eat gluten. I avoid it in most of the food I make at home to simplify life :)


    6 years ago

    Are you allergic to gluten?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much. I was diagnosed Celiac by biopsy in March this year and later SOY became an issue, along with that T1DM for 24 years so its nice to see I can eat chicken nuggets again. Thank you!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    The funny thing is; I'm not allergic to any of those things but the chicken!

    Looks delish, though. :)

    Take a look at my other chicken nugget recipe (made with egg), its the first one listed above under "Related" Instructables. You can also find it by clicking on my name/hyperlink and look at my list of recipes. It was actually the first Instructable I ever posted :)


    6 years ago

    Awesome! My son has an egg allergy.

    Thank you!!! They taste so good...much better than I had expected or planned for! It was sort of a happy experiment :)