Zero Carb Keto McNuggets

We have been on a serious chicken kick in my home lately. Fried chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken patties, grilled chicken, baked chicken….


Maybe it might have something to do with having a toddler who loves chicken and loves to feed himself even more. What do kids love more than chicken nuggets? Well, pizza…

So I have set out so mimic those iconic McDonald’s Chicken McNugget’s. There are a lot of recipes out there for copycat Keto Chick-Fil-A style Chicken (in fact I have my own here), but no one has a recipe for McDonald’s style nuggets. Are we all too ashamed to admit we secretly love the nuggets made from “Pink Slime”? Well, I’m not! My favorite was dipped straight in honey! A keto nightmare, ammiright?

So these nuggets have ZERO carbs! There would be a few added carbs from the dipping sauces of your choice! I like G Hughs Brand Sugar Free Ketchup & BBQ Sauce or a nice spicy mustard!


Let’s talk coating. The crispy outside is attributed to Unflavored Whey Protein Powder. I’ve been tinkering with a few brands and my FAVORITE is Hoosier Farms Brand (you can buy it on Amazon). It has zero carbs and fries up crisp. I’ve noticed some brands with a negligible amount of carbs will not be crispy.


When choosing your ground chicken, go for the mix that includes dark meat. I know, I know. McNuggets have “all white meat.” Well, I tried that…and they were dry as a bone! So opt for the dark meat! They will be juicy and have the added fat we need on a Keto Diet!





  • 1 pound Ground Chicken (NOT all white meat unless you want them dry!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 cup Unflavored Whey Protein Powder (I used Hoosier Farms Brand) in a shallow bowl.
  • 2 quarts oil for frying (I used refined Coconut Oil)


  1. Fill a dutch oven (or a thick, deep pan) with oil and heat on medium high until it reaches 350 degrees (or if you are using an actual Fryer set to 350 and warm up).
  2. While oil is heating; mix chicken, egg & seasonings together in a bowl.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoon of the chicken mixture with your hand and dip into the whey protein powder. Roll around and coat completely. Flatten them down a bit for that iconic nugget shape and place it in the hot oil.
  4. Fry until golden brown.
  5. Serve with Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce, Sugar-Free Ketchup or Mustard!


15 responses to “Zero Carb Keto McNuggets

  1. Boy those pictures sure make them look crispy & yummy !
    So is the chicken mixture sorta like a paste ? I’ve never used ground chicken before… can’t wait to try these

  2. Wonderful & fantastic for us Ketogenic folks, this is the kind of meaningful help we need to get more of our family on board, how do I save this recipe? My phone doesn’t work like my PC?(I am learning).

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