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Whole30 Zucchini Chicken Nuggets - These Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free nuggets are super easy! Only 5-ingredients and freezer-friendly and kid-friendly.

This kid-friendly handheld protein-veggie combo is a protein source that kids of all ages can enjoy! We love dipping it in my date mustard sauce. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive and this can be cooked in a pan on the stove or your airfryer. These freeze fantastically, so double batch and freeze the extras. Bonus: it’s Whole30, Paleo, and Keto compliant. Wahoo!

Chicken Zucchini Nuggets

Author Autumn @wholefoodfor7


  • 2 cups grated zucchini I use my food processor grating blade to do so quickly!
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus extra to salt zucchini
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Coconut or avocado oil if pan frying


  1. Spread shredded zucchini in the middle of a clean towel and salt. Let sit for 5 minutes, then fold up towel from edges and wring out extra moisture out of the zucchini. I usually do this over the sink and be aggressive in your wringing - the more moisture you get out the crispier these nuggets will be!

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, except for cooking oil, stirring until combined (I use my hands here to mix). 

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. I use about a 1/4" deep of oil. 

  4. Once heated, flatten a spoonful of the meat mixture in between your hands, then place into the hot oil. You choose how big these nuggets are - my kids like the smaller nugget size, but you will have to do less batches if you make them more of a patty. Up to you! 

  5. Cook until brown on both sides and cooked through (length of cooking time will depend on the size of your nuggets - usually about 5 minutes per side, but keep an eye on them!).

  6. AIRFRYER INSTRUCTIONS: Form your nuggets or patties the same as above and spray your air fryer basket with oil, as these are goopy and will stick if you don't. Place in a single layer in your airfryer basket. Cook at 350 for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.


  1. After freezing – whats the best way to re-heat?

    • We usually just heat them up in the microwave or airfryer, but you could also do it in the oven at 400 for like 8-10 minutes like you would frozen chicken nuggets. Enjoy!

      • Thank you!

  2. So just to be certain : we aren’t to squeeze the zucchini dry before mixing it in with everything else?

    • Good question. This one can go either way – it does fine without squeezing out the zucchini, but if you have the patience to salt and then squeeze out the excess liquid it will make them crispier!


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