Upgraded Nuggets with Sweet & Spicy Papaya Sauce

20 mins – serves 2-4

I love the challenge of upgrading the meals I loved as a kid and that my friends and I love as big-kids. I consider an upgrade something that with ingredients that helps your body create an environment that promotes wellness and a fat-burning while limiting inflammation.

Check out these Chicken nuggets that you can feel good about eating anytime. This whole meal comes together much quicker than you would imagine. This is an example of picking a recipe and searching for “paleo” options that will remove the hydrogenated oils and added sugars.


Upgraded Nuggets

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 2 oz coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mexican seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp garlic herb blend or pizza seasoning
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Combine the meat, flour, coconut aminos, sesame oil, ginger, and seasoning in a medium bowl. Mix until everything is combined but not over mixed because that will make the meat tough.
  2. Form into small flat cookie dough balls or nuggets and place on large hot pan with tsp coconut oil. Flatten with spatula and let cool for 3-4 minutes. Flip over, let cool for 1 minute and then use wooden spatula to chop in half. This works best once the nuggets are cooked and will stick together.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce – I recommend this sweet and spicy papaya sauce



Low carb, enzymes that are beneficial for skin, comes together in 5 mins, kid and “big-kid” friendly when paired up with something like nuggets or salmon.

  • ½ Cup Papaya
  • 2 oz coconut aminos
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Jalapeño hot sauce to taste

Add ingredients to a food processor.

How to use it: perfect dipping sauce for nuggets or a refreshing sauce for a pacific island type of dish.


Add 1 tbsp. of chopped cilantro to the meat.

Add a more hot sauce or cayenne if you like it spicy.




Paired up with roasted Brussels and parsnip chips



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