Battered chicken bites with crispy, pan-fried outsides make great finger food for anyone: don’t assume they’re just for the kids! These tasty Paleo treats are coated in egg and tapioca starch to make a delicate coating without any breadcrumbs or flour, and then quickly pan-fried in coconut oil to get that addictively delicious crunch.
Coconut oil is a very healthy fat to use here, because it’s stable at high temperatures (unlike the frying oils used for your average chicken nugget, which are very high in easily-oxidized PUFA). Of course, nothing breaded and fried is a great choice for an everyday staple meal regardless of what it’s fried in, but for a special treat, coconut oil is definitely a healthier choice.
If you like, you can easily add some hot sauce to the coating, but this is completely optional. You could also replace it with your favorite BBQ sauce, or just heat up the hot sauce and use it as a dipping sauce instead, or leave it out completely and enjoy the chicken bites without any extra heat. However you make them, they’re bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Crispy Chicken Bites
Protein: 39g / %
Carbs: 19g / %
Fat: 27g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 lb. chicken breast, cut into chunks
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup hot sauce (optional)
- 2 tbsp. ghee (optional)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a bowl, combine the eggs, the tapioca starch, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the chicken pieces in the batter and stir until well-coated.
- Warm coconut oil in a skillet place over a medium-high heat.
- Carefully place the chicken pieces into the hot skillet, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side.
- If you want the chicken bites to be spicy, heat the hot sauce and ghee in a small saucepan over a low heat until well-combined. Then add in the chicken and toss until everything is covered.
- Place the chicken bites in the oven on broil for 3 to 4 minutes per side to make them extra crunchy.