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Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets Recipe for Super Bowl Sunday

by Jeanette on February 1, 2012 · 79 Comments
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Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

I know what you’re thinking…what are chicken nuggets doing on a healthy living blog. Well, for all you football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and buffalo wings are one of the most popular foods that are eaten that day. In fact, according to the National Chicken Council, Americans are expected to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings (that’s 100 million pounds!) over Super Bowl weekend. Also, did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving?

So, I’m posting this healthier Buffalo Chicken Nuggets recipe for all of you who want to get your Buffalo Chicken Wing fix without all the calories. These chicken nuggets are made with boneless chicken breast marinated in hot sauce, then they are coated with light crispy gluten-free crumbs and baked, so you will get all the flavor you expect in Buffalo wings without the guilt.

I’ve tried different store-bought gluten-free breadcrumbs over the past year but haven’t really found too many I’ve liked. I like a lighter coating that can be baked with good results, so I’ve been making my own breadcrumbs from gluten-free bread ends, crushed crispy rice cereal and cornflakes.

Recently, Mary’s Gone Crackers sent me a box of gluten-free goodies to try out, including their gluten-free Savory Crumbs, made with organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. These crumbs are made with the same ingredients as their crackers and, unlike bread crumbs, are flaky and very light.

Mary' s Gone Crackers Savory flavored Just The Crumbs

Mary’ s Gone Crackers Savory flavored Just The Crumbs

Last week, I tried them on top of some Roasted Cauliflower which I served alongside Pomegranate Chicken with Walnuts. The boys liked the addition of a light crunchy topping.

This weekend, I tried the Savory Crumbs as a coating for these Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets and my little guy loved them. I only used 1 tablespoon of hot sauce in the first batch, and found it wasn’t flavorful enough, so I doubled the amount of hot sauce in the next batch. My boys enjoyed these little chicken nuggets with honey mustard (2 parts honey to one part dijon mustard), but if you like, try serving them with my healthier blue cheese dressing or Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom’s dairy-free ranch dressing.

These Chicken Nuggets would be a nice addition to any Super Bowl spread, along with a few Dips, a big pot of Chili and a simple green salad.

Today, I have a giveaway from Mary’s Gone Crackers, which includes an assortment of their  crackers, pretzels, cookies and a jar of crumbs.

My 9-year old has served as the taste tester for the assortment of goodies that Mary’s Gone Crackers sent us, and so far his favorites have been the Onion Crackers, Chipotle Tomato Pretzels, ‘N’ Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Savory Crumbs. What I like about Mary’s Gone Crackers’ product line is that everything is baked using whole ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, millet, chia seeds, flax seeds and sesame seeds.

Giveaway Details: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for your participation!

One winner will receive a box of assorted Mary’s Gone Crackers products, including 3 boxes each of crackers, pretzels, and cookies and one container of crumbs. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. US Residents only. Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on February 7, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have up to 3 days to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

How To Enter:

Required Entry: For a chance to win, leave a comment below along with your email address so I can contact you if you win.

You can earn up to six additional entries by doing any of the following. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry so I know you did it:

  1. Like me and  Mary’s Gone Crackers on Facebook
  2. Follow me and  Mary’s Gone Crackers on Twitter
  3. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this post
  4. Stumble this post and follow me @JeanettesHealth on Stumbleupon
  5. Sign up for my Email or RSS Feeds
  6. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@JeanettesHealth)

* If you already follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Stumbleupon, and/or already subscribe to Jeanette’s Healthy Living, let me know as well, since this counts as an entry. 

Disclosure:  I was provided with samples of Mary’s Gone Crackers products for the purpose of doing a review and giveaway. However the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 4 ounces per serving

Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Serve these little nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce. My kids like honey mustard sauce (simply mix 2 parts honey to 1 part dijon mustard), but a lighter blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing would be good too.


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts (about 1.7 pounds), cut into 1 1/2" square pieces
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (I used Frank's Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, which is gluten-free)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs


  1. Marinade chicken in hot sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, and onion powder for at least two hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Dip chicken pieces in egg, then coat in breadcrumbs.
  4. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking oil.
  5. Place chicken pieces on baking sheet. Lightly spray tops of chicken pieces with cooking oil.
  6. Bake chicken pieces for 10-15 minutes until cooked through (baking time will depend on how thick your pieces are).


If you are allergic to gluten, be sure to read the ingredient label on the hot sauce you use. I used Frank's Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, which is gluten-free.


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  1. Michelle W says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to share it. Thanks for introducing me to Mary’s Gone Crackers.

  2. Michelle W says:

    I “liked” Mary’s on Facebook.

  3. I like you on Facebook.

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  5. I follow you on Twitter.

  6. I follow you on Pinterest.

  7. I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  8. I’ve been making variations of healthy chicken nuggets for many years. Nice to have a new recipe! The the spicy buffalo take on this.

  9. Looks like a great recipe and the crackers look really good too!

  10. Love your site… hope I win!

  11. wow i’ve never tried mary’s gone crackers brand before, but sounds like they have some good wholesome gf flours there!! yay for quinoa and chia and flax. :) awwww i think its soooo cute that your sons are your taste testers :). ps – i went ahead and sent Sketch Free Vegan your email. They will contact you with the E-book! the recipes are GF, so hopefully your little boy will be able to enjoy them :).

  12. maureen may says:

    Have shared this great recipe. Thank goodness for this site!!!

  13. Thanks for putting together this giveaway!!

  14. Don’t enter me in the giveaway, but those chix nuggets look fantastic!

  15. These look so good, Jeanette! Wow.

  16. Like

  17. Id love to win this!

  18. Also like you and Mary’s Gone Crackers on FB.

  19. Too good!! Just pinned and tweeted

  20. This looks like a fantastic recipe for a Super Bowl party!

  21. These look AWESOME!

  22. i have tried the pretzels they’re tasty, never saw their other stuff ill have to look for them. thanks for the giveaway

  23. I’ve been wanting to try marys gone crackers, but there are so many gluten free products to try.I hope I win

  24. I follow you an Marys gone crackers on twitter

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  26. Would love the opportunity to try these products.

  27. These look really good! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for posting.

  28. I LOVE Mary’s Gone Crackers! I will have to look for their breadcrumbs. As a Gluten-Free foodie, I appreciate this recipe! Between the beer and the wing, I feel so left out around Superbowl time.

  29. Alishia Kuczynski says:

    I am so excited to try pretzels and cookies that are GF! I am a bread LOVER and was already looking to find something different. Thank you!

  30. I liked you on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribed to your emails PLUS I retweeted the contest!! Thanks!!

  31. This is cool! i have not seen these crumbs but now i really want to find them. Cornflake chicken is a treat at our house.

  32. Wowwww, those look absolutely delicious! I miss chicken nuggets so much, but your idea to make them healthy is awesome!

  33. MMMMMM – I love spicy/hot Chicken Wings! This recipe Looks GREAT! And Mary’s Gone Crackers are a regular weekly purchase at my house! They don’t sell the crumbs at any store in my area! :-(

  34. amanda wilson says:

    I liked you on FB

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  36. amanda wilson says:

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  37. amanda wilson says:

    I “pinned” this on my page

  38. amanda wilson says:

    I can’t wait to try this….just starting GF for my son with Aspergers. Need all the help I can get!

    • Amanda, I just discovered these crumbs made by Mary’s Gone Crackers and they are by far one of the best crumbs I’ve come across that are gluten-free. Best of luck and if I can help in any way, just send me a note. I know it can be so confusing in the beginning with so many choices.

  39. amanda wilson says:

    I signed up for your email

  40. Looks delicious! I have been looking for GF bread crumbs! I am also dairy free.. So I am excited to not be limited to bread crumbs! Thank you!

  41. already liked you on facebook!

  42. following you on twitter!

  43. following you on pinterest!

  44. I liked you and mary’s gone crackers on facebook. I would love to win, so I can try those crumbs out. Yummy.

  45. signed up to receive your emails! :)

  46. tweeted!

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  49. shared on facebook! :)

  50. I liked you and Mary’s gone crackers on facebook

  51. I “liked” you and Mary’s Gone Crackers on Facebook. Looking foward to sharing the recipe with the family. Thanks for the recipe!!

  52. I follow you and Mary’s on Twitter!

  53. lisa amore says:

    Delicious!!!!!!!!! I like you on FB and subscribe to the email :)

  54. I followed you and pinned this on Pinterest!

  55. I signed up for your emails!

  56. So glad a friend sent this my way. I love the crackers but have never seen the crumbs! I think they’d be the panko substitute I’ve been searching for.

  57. Thank you for doing a giveaway!! I have plenty of idea for things I’d like to bread with these crumbs!

  58. I love how you can make anything healthy. The crumbs looked like they baked up beautifully. I have yet to see them in the stores, but will look for them on my next outing. What a great idea!

  59. Thanks so much for the effort on making gluten free diets enjoyable. Right after my son got custody of his 4 kids we learned that the boy was autistic and was put on a gluten free diet. So not only was I raising kids again but I had to totally learn how to cook all over again. So glad I stumbledonto your site.

    • Sheri, you sound like you have your hands full! Your grandkids are lucky to have a loving grandmother take care of them. Although I’m sure it will be challenging, I think you will find there are many resources available to you that are more than willing to help. Please feel free to email me if you need some ideas.

  60. Love Mary’s Gone Crackers but can’t find them very easy where I live. Look forward to trying the recipe and your updates!

  61. I can’t wait to try these! They look so good.

  62. I “liked” you on facebook!

  63. Hi, I’d like to thank you for this recipe. My brother has been having a rough time throughout his life dealing with Celiac disease and only recently has he been able to enjoy some of the foods I eat due to how popular gluten-free diets have become. He’s had numerous medical problems including a close call with spinal meningitis a couple of Christmas’ ago.

    For the longest time, I didn’t quite understand what he was going through and the fact that I managed to not have Celiac disease maybe caused him some resentment towards me and I just can’t help but try to do everything I can to find out ways to help him enjoy his life more, or being able to feel some sense of normalcy. Chicken nuggets may not seem like a big deal, but I think being able to eat something that won’t potentially cause harm to you is a big deal, and for that I thank you.

    • Thanks for your note Chris. I came up with these chicken nuggets for my 9-year old who is on a gluten-free diet. I can relate to what you’re saying about your brother. When my youngest son was found to be allergic to wheat, it was really tough when his brothers were eating foods he could not have. As a mother, that was really hard to watch, so I guess you could say I had a huge motivation to find foods that tasted like and reminded him of foods he used to enjoy. Foods we take for granted like chicken nuggets, pizza and pasta all of a sudden are not accessible to those with gluten allergies or intolerances. Fortunately, there are a lot of healthy, good gluten-free products available these days so those with celiac or gluten intolerance can enjoy the foods everyone else does, and often they eat more healthy. I have to say that my youngest son is now the healthiest one in the family.

  64. I just LOVE Mary’s Gone Crackers crackers! These nuggets should be great coated with the crumbs…hope they have them where I shop!

  65. I am glad to learn about Mary’s Gone Crackers crumbs. They sound great; I can’t wait to try them!

  66. I follow you and Mary’s Gone Crackers on facebook.

  67. This recipe looks delicious. Cant wait to order some breadcrumbs so I can try them. Still trying to figure out all the good products out there for GF.

  68. Nancy Johnson says:

    Thank you for the recipe! It looks delicious! I am the only gluten free member of my household of seven so it is very dfficult for me as a mom who is the only cook in the house to make things for my kids that contain gluten and not be able to try them. I recently decided to just make all gluten free dinners. It is so much easier than making something for them and something for me. So far it is going pretty well, they haven’t complained yet!

  69. These sound yummy.

  70. these look SO GOOD. im an upstate new york native (baltimore transplant) so anything involving buffalo wings and the like is near and dear to my heart! i’ve never tried mary’s products before, i don’t think they sell them around here (or at least i haven’t seen them) so i’m super curious as to how they taste as compared to other ones i’ve tried. i’ve been on a GF panko breadcrumb kick for a while, so maybe i’ll try that as a sub. i’m so making these tomorrow, thank you so much for posting!

    i followed you and mary’s on both twitter and facebook, and subscribed to your email updates. I’m looking forward to it! i’m always up for new recipes.

  71. I followed you both on facebook

  72. Katie Mast says:

    I so would love to win this. 2 years ago i was told to go gluten free and i have such a hard time with it. Ilove my sweets so much.

  73. Katie Mast says:

    i have pined you on pinterest.

  74. Katie Mast says:

    i follow you on facebook

  75. LOVE this Jeanette. Trying to do a healthy roundup for Superbowl. If I get it done you’re included :).

    By the way, may I ask how you did your recipes on your blog? I would love to do something similar. Thank you in advance.

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