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Gluten Free Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets-Freezer Friendly!

Well y'all it's day 4 of me going meatless again and I am feeling GREAT! I haven't had any of the stomach issues that I had been experiencing on an almost daily basis. While I am going vegetarian again, my kiddos and the hubby are not. They'll still be eating meat during breakfast and lunch. I just posted my 2 week freezer vegetarian gluten free meal plan which you can find here. However, just because my kiddos aren't going vegetarian doesn't mean they have to eat poorly. If you've ever bought gluten free chicken nuggets in the freezer section at your local grocery store you know that they are not cheap. Not only are they expensive but seriously why do they never taste like real chicken? So I decided to attempt to make my own batch of chicken nuggets and see if they'd be freezer friendly. They worked beautifully and my son ate more meat than I have seen him eat for months! Hopefully your family will love them too! And stay tuned, I'm working on mini turkey corn dogs for the freezer as well and of course they'll be gluten free! 



First gather all of your ingredients. You'll also need 3 medium sized bowls, one for the flour mixture, one for the egg mixture and one for the breadcrumbs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flour mixture with the spices in one bowl, the egg and milk in the other bowl and the Italian breadcrumbs in the last bowl. 

Take the chicken tenderloins out of the fridge. Carefully chop them into bite sized pieces. Dip each piece in the following order; flour mixture, egg mixture and finally breadcrumbs. Place each piece of breaded chicken on the parchment lined baking sheet. 

Using non stick cooking spray, spray both sides of each chicken nugget liberally. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Place enough nuggets into the air fryer basket to fill it but not overcrowd it. You'll likely need to do a couple of batches. Cook each batch for 8-10 minutes, flipping nuggets over halfway through. Place cooked nuggets on a plate to cool. 



Once cooled, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and put in freezer. Once nuggets are completely frozen transfer to a freezer storage bag, label and place in the fridge. To reheat, place desired of nuggets on a microwave safe place and cook on high for approximately 45 seconds on each side. 




Gluten Free Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
Ingredients:
  • 3/4-1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup gluten free Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
Directions:
  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Gather all of the above ingredients. Set out 3 medium sized bowls and place in a row on the counter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Combine coconut flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk until well beaten. In the last bowl, pour in the breadcrumbs. 
  3. Remove chicken tenderloins from packaging. Cut each piece into bite sized pieces. 
  4. Take each piece of bite size chicken and coat all sides in the following order; flour mixture, egg mixture and then bread crumbs. Place each piece on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
  5. Working in batches, place enough chicken nuggets to fill the bottom of the basket in a single layer making sure not to overcrowd them. 
  6. Cook each batch for 8-10 minutes. Flip the nuggets over halfway through to ensure even crispiness. 
  7. Remove cook chicken nuggets from air fryer and place on a plate until cooled. 
  8. Once cooled, place the cooked nuggets in a single layer on a clean parchment lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the freezer until completely frozen. 
  9. Remove frozen chicken nuggets from freezer and toss into a labeled freezer storage bag. Place bag back in the freezer. 
  10. When ready to cook, remove desired amount of chicken nuggets onto a microwave safe plate. Cook for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds on or until cooked through flipping nuggets over halfway through. 
  11. Serve warm and enjoy! 


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