Bread-Free Chicken Nuggets

Steph Wagner

September 5, 2012

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Bread free chicken nuggets!

Ideal for patients following a low carb diet after Gastric Sleeve, Bypass, DS or other WLS procedure.


WLS Friendly Chicken Nuggets! No bread - low carb and high protein. Estimated 33 grams of protein per serving and 1 gram of carbs. Find out the secret ingredient! #wlsrecipes #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassrecipes #vsg #rny #ds

Chicken nuggets made nicely! I have always been a big, BIG fan of chicken nuggets and barbecue sauce. I had my doubts when I first created this, but let me assure you, I was not disappointed!

The secret ingredient to disguising them like chicken nuggets? Well. It just so happens to be my favorite secret ingredient for SO many of my low carb recipes.

Grated parmesan cheese!

For this recipe I use the grated cheese to substitute the breaded crust. I also use it in my meatloaf or meatball recipes instead of breadcrumbs. You’d be amazed how many meatloaf recipes I have on this site. I really, really love meatloaf.

As always, you do want to be cautious with sugar content in your bbq sauce- look for the lowest available or order some online and keep it on hand! Kraft Light, Original, 30 Calorie Barbecue Sauce, 16.25-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

You don’t HAVE to use barbecue sauce, of course. Any lower sugar condiment is just find for dipping. I also really like a lower fat honey mustard and sometimes, I just use mustard :)

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WLS Friendly Chicken Nuggets! No bread - low carb and high protein. Estimated 33 grams of protein per serving and 1 gram of carbs. Find out the secret ingredient! #wlsrecipes #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypassrecipes #vsg #rny #ds

Bread-Free Chicken Nuggets

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt or poultry seasoning
  • 1 lb chicken tenderloin, cut into chunks
  • low sugar ketchup or bbq sauce


  • Put a large skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray.
  • Put two dinner plates side by side. In one plate pour the egg whites and the other mixed together parmesan cheese, and seasoning.
  • Coat each piece of chicken tenderloin in egg wash and then parmesan cheese mixture. Add to heated skillet.
  • .Cook on each side until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Cut into thickest part of a chicken nugget and check for no pink and clear juice. Serve with low sugar barbecue sauce or ketchup.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1050mg | Potassium: 493mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Bread-Free Chicken Nuggets
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 1050mg46%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

16 thoughts on “Bread-Free Chicken Nuggets”

  1. Mine turned out a bit salty. Still amazing. More flavor than breaded bland nuggets! Had some left over for lunch tomorrow. :)

  2. I liked these too! Mine came out salty as well, prob because both spices I used were salt based. Easy to adjust for next time. Heated up good next day as well.

  3. I will have to try these soon!–a friend of mine uses crushed up saltines to bread her chicken–delish!

  4. @Kathy one serving would be 3 ounces. It’s hard to say exactly how many pieces of chicken that would be as it would vary on how they were cut. My style of coaching is to stop at the first sign of fullness instead of a set portion size but for journaling purposes you could estimate how many ounces it was. Your thumb is approximately one ounce.

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