Chicken Nuggets with Mango and Avocado Salsa

Serves 2 to 3


  • • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • • 250 ml coconut milk
  • • 115 g coconut flour
  • • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • • ½ tsp tumeric powder
  • • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • • 75 g desiccated coconut
  • • pinch of salt
  • • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • • 4 large lettuce leaves, iceberg or romaine

  • Salsa
  • • 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and cut into small cubes
  • • 1 mango, peeled, stoned and cut into small cubes
  • • 15 g fresh coriander, torn
  • • 1 red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • • 1 red chilli, finely diced
  • • 2 tbsp coconut aminos


  1. Put the chicken cubes in a bowl with the coconut milk and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the salsa. Mix the avocado, mango, coriander, onion and chilli in a bowl and pour over the coconut aminos and refrigerate. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  3. Put the flour and spices in a bowl and put the desiccated coconut on a plate. Take a chicken cube, roll it in the spiced flour, then roll it in the desiccated coconut until it is coated, then put it on a baking tray. Repeat with the remaining chicken cubes.
  4. Pour the melted coconut oil over the chicken and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, golden brown and crispy.
  5. To serve, put a spoonful of the salsa into each lettuce leaf, add a few chicken nuggets, fold in the sides of the lettuce to enclose it, and eat like a sandwich.
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