gluten-free coconut chicken nuggets
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Gluten-Free Crunchy Coconut Chicken Bites

Gluten-free crunchy coconut chicken nuggets are scrumptious bites from tropical heaven. Baked, not fried, mimics the texture and flavor of being a perfectly fried bite of yumminess.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut chicken, gluten-free chicken nuggets, gluten-free coconut chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 284kcal
Author Audrey from Mama Knows Gluten Free


  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal It is a gluten-free cereal
  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1x1-inch pieces nugget size
  • 1 /2 cup of mayonnaise
  • Orange marmalade dipping sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  •  Crush Honey Nut Chex cereal in a food processor.  If you do not have a food processor, you can easily crush the cereal by placing in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Add the crushed cereal and coconut to a large plastic storage bag. (Think Shake and Bake)
  • Cut your chicken into nugget sized pieces. I find it easiest to cut the breasts in half and then cut the halves in half again. Then cut the quarter chicken breast pieces into nugget sized pieces.
  • Put chicken into a bowl of mayonnaise and stir to coat the chicken evenly with mayonnaise.
  • Place the mayonnaise-covered chicken pieces in the plastic storage bag of cereal and coconut mixture. Turn the plastic storage bag over and over until the chicken pieces are coated evenly.
  • Place chicken on a large greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 to minutes; until the coating is light golden brown. All ovens are different, so please watch the chicken towards the end so the coconut does not burn.
  •  Serve with melted orange marmalade.


Mama says "Check all of your labels!"


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 10.1mg
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