Keto Canned Chicken Nuggets: A Delicious Low Carb Snack

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty keto snack that you can make in your air fryer, look no further than these mouthwatering keto canned chicken nuggets. With just a few simple ingredients, including canned chicken and pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of these flavorful nuggets in no time. Whether you need a low carb snack, appetizer, or even a hearty dinner option, these chicken nuggets are sure to be a hit with everyone. And the best part? Each nugget contains just 0.2g net carbs and 28 calories, making them a guilt-free treat.

White plate with air fryer keto canned chicken nuggets

The Perfect Combination of Flavor and Convenience

Similar to my popular keto Italian chicken dip, these keto canned chicken nuggets offer a meat-centric twist on the classic flavors. What sets them apart is their simplicity and convenience. By using canned chicken, a pantry staple for many, you can easily create these nuggets without any need for breading, pork rinds, or flour. The air fryer takes care of creating a crispy outer layer while keeping the inside tender and flavorful.

White plate with keto chicken nuggets and dipping sauce in the background

Simple Ingredients for Delicious Results

To make these keto canned chicken nuggets, all you need are a few basic ingredients:

  • Canned chicken breast
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Egg
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper

While canned chicken may not be your go-to choice, when combined with cheese and spices, it transforms into a flavorful nugget with a delightful texture.

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Recipe ingredients - canned chicken, mozzarella, spices, and egg

How to Make Keto Canned Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer

Creating these delectable nuggets is as easy as 1-2-3:

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine the canned chicken, cheese, spices, and egg. Ensure that the canned chicken is well-drained before mixing.

Step 2: Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Take about a tablespoon of the chicken mixture and shape it into a nugget. Place it in the air fryer basket and continue with the remaining mixture. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the nuggets in batches.

Step 3: Set the air fryer to 350°F and cook the chicken nuggets for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the air fryer.

Step 4: Plate up the keto nuggets and enjoy them as a low carb snack or as a satisfying meal. You can savor them as they are, dip them in your favorite sauce, or pair them with your preferred condiment.

Air fryer basket with cooked canned chicken nuggets

What to Serve with Keto Canned Chicken Nuggets

If you want to turn these nuggets into a meal, consider serving them with keto tater tots or, if you’re not concerned about carbs, air fryer diced potatoes. Complete the meal with a steamed veggie and a refreshing green salad.

Pile of keto chicken nuggets with a bite taken out

Keto Dipping Sauce to Elevate the Flavor

To enhance the flavor of these chicken nuggets, try pairing them with one of these easy and delicious dipping sauces. They require just a few basic ingredients and add an extra layer of taste. One of my personal favorites is the spicy and creamy sriracha aioli.

  • Keto creamy sriracha aioli sauce
  • Low carb BBQ sauce
  • Low carb honey mustard sauce
  • Dairy-free homemade ranch dressing
  • Avocado lime dipping sauce
  • Tomato bacon jam
  • Jalapeno aioli
  • Buffalo aioli recipe
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A piece dipped into sriracha aioli


Q: Can I bake these nuggets in the oven instead of using an air fryer?
A: Absolutely! Preheat your oven to 375°F, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, place the uncooked nuggets on the tray, and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Q: Is it possible to make these nuggets on the stove?
A: Yes! Heat up a large skillet with enough oil to cover the bottom. Cook the nuggets over medium-high heat, flipping them until they’re golden brown on all sides. Once done, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Allow them to cool before serving.

Q: How should I store any leftover nuggets?
A: Store the leftover nuggets in an airtight container to maintain their freshness for as long as possible.


These keto canned chicken nuggets are a delicious and convenient option for anyone following a low carb lifestyle. With their crispy exterior and flavorful interior, they make for an irresistible snack or meal. Next time you’re in the mood for a tasty keto treat, give these nuggets a try and savor their delightful taste. For more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Enjoy!

The nutritional information for 1 keto-friendly nugget is 28 calories, 1.1g fat, 0.2g carbs, and 2.9g protein, resulting in just 0.2g net carbs.