The Today Show's Favorite Nuggets: Keto Chicken With Pork Rinds

Keto Chicken Nuggets With Pork Rind Breading

August 31, 2022 3 min read

UPDATE: The Today Show has ranked pork rinds as their favorite chicken finger coating and we're here to celebrate with a new recipe!!

"Best coating overall. 19/20. It’s no surprise that the oily pork rind imparted its rich flavor into the meat, making it one of the juiciest on this list." - The Today Show


I remember the first time I tried a ketogenic diet plan.

It was a dark, rainy Saturday night and I was craving Chick-fil-A. As we all know, those delicious golden chicken nuggets are not keto-compliant, but I was bound and determined.

That evening, I spent a couple of hours concocting the perfect low carb chicken nugget using some pork rinds that I had on hand.

The result? I think you'll like this keto chicken with pork rinds recipe. They are crunchy in all the right places. Even better, you can bake them instead of having to waste a bunch of oil. Unlike pan fried chicken tenders, these baked nuggets will have less fat and calories per serving. With some light substitutions, these keto chicken nuggets can even be strict paleo!

One last thing!

You can really create some interesting flavors with your chicken depending on the pork rinds that you choose such as traditional BBQ flavor. My suggestion starting out is to keep it simple and then venture out from there (Chili Cheese Chicken Nuggets, anyone?).


  • 1 bag of your choice of pork rinds or chicharrones, crushed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat your sultry oven to 375°F/191°C
  2. Aggressively throw your pork rinds into a sturdy ziplock bag and CRUSH 'EM like your haters on Twitter. You want a finely crushed, pork panko-like breadcrumb! For better texture, avoid using food processor to crush the pork rinds. Consider using a rolling pin. Place into a large bowl.
  3. Slice up your chicken breast pieces into dainty little chicken nuggets, sized the way you like them.
  4. Whisk three eggs in another shallow bowl, add all spices, and mix up the egg mixture like it's the last day of school.
  5. Add your chicken pieces to the beaten eggs and seasoning mixture and stir like a fine cocktail.
  6. Remove all the chicken pieces and place them in the pork rind mixture. Coat the chicken like it's a cold winter morning (double dip if needed) and then place the breaded chicken onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the chicken is golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F/74°C. Remove any excess oil with paper towels before serving.
  8. Once the crispy chicken has cooled, dip it into your favorite keto compliant dip. Or cheat and use some secret dipping sauce like I did!

Common Seasonings for Keto Chicken Recipes

If you want to experiment and try other flavors once you master the simple recipe, here are the most common spices and seasonings used in keto recipes:

  • ground cumin, dried oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder

Serving Suggestions

Low carb honey mustard dipping sauce: combine mayonnaise, mustard, and honey in a small bowl and dig in!

Keto diet enthusiasts know the challenges of eating low carb without sacrificing the taste.

Whether you go for good old keto fried chicken recipes or choose to bake your chicken with pork rinds, finding a good flavor is the key. Add this delicious, low carb, and gluten free chicken nugget recipe to your meal prepping list and enjoy!

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