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Better than McDonalds chicken nuggets on a turquoise plate.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets (BLW & Toddler Friendly)

Inspired by McDonalds, these Healthy Chicken Nuggets are a delicious and fun toddler-friendly and baby led weaning friendly recipe. Salt free and iron rich, these nuggets are a great alternative to store-bought!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 12 - 18 nuggets
Calories 238kcal


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb chicken boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup cooked sweet potato
  • ½ cup steamed cauliflower cooked until soft
  • ½ cup cannellini beans white beans
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup fortified baby cereal
  • cup almond flour
  • Extra virgin olive oil in an oil atomizer
  • Your favourite baby puree for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 450 F and grease two nonstick baking sheets.
  • Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium high heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Add the onion and sauté until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • In a food processor, puree the ground chicken with the sweet potato, cauliflower, onion, beans, thyme, paprika, pepper, cumin and 1 tbsp oil until smooth.
  • Form into small nuggets, dip then dip into the baby cereal, then the eggs, and then into the almond flour.
  • Continue with the remaining nuggets and spritz generously with the olive oil.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F. Serve with your baby’s favourite fruity baby puree for dipping.



  • As a dip, I usually just bust out one of E’s favourite puree pouches and let him dip it in that. You could even do a plum flavoured puree (with no added sugar!)
  • These chicken nuggets also contain sweet potato, white beans, eggs and fortified baby cereal for iron, plus almond flour for a healthy dose of good fats. If you're low on chicken, feel free to add a little bit more of these other iron rich ingredients.
  • Want to make these chicken nuggets into fun shapes? You can use a cookie cutter to mold the chicken nuggets into fun shapes like hearts, stars, and etc! Like store-bought but better.
  • You can cook your sweet potato and cauliflower a few days ahead of time and store it in an airtight container until you make your healthy chicken nuggets.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2250IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3.9mg