If you eat a gluten free diet, there are some foods that are just off limits. That includes bread and pasta, as well as things such as pizza, pancakes or waffles, cake, most cereal, and anything else that contains wheat, rye, or barley. That also includes chicken nuggets, which are usually coated in a mixture of flour with different seasonings.
Fortunately, Aldi sells several products that cater to people who don’t eat gluten. The discount grocery store sells some excellent gluten free imitation Red Lobster cheddar biscuit mix, gluten free cornbread mix, gluten free boxed macaroni and cheese, gluten free cake mixes, and gluten free General Tso’s chicken. During the holidays, Aldi also rotates in gluten free stuffing mix, gluten free French fried onions, and gluten free donuts as limited-time specials.
Today, I’m taking a look at the gluten free chicken nugget option at Aldi.
liveGfree Gluten Free Chicken Breast Bites cost $5.89 for an 18-ounce package at the time of publication. They feature tempura white meat chicken and are made from “whole muscle chicken,” and they claim to have an improved formula. They’re also certified gluten free and were quality tested by Good Housekeeping.
These chicken bites are a Regular Buy, which means you should be able to find them at Aldi all year. They’re stocked in the Regular Buy freezer area, and they’re part of a mixed case that also contains liveGfree Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken.
Chicken breast bites ingredients are chicken breast, water, corn starch, rice flour, yellow corn flour, potato starch, yellow corn meal, leavening, sea salt, garlic powder, yeast extract, onion powder, and egg white powder, and they’re cooked in vegetable oil (canola oil).
If you’re looking out for allergens, these contain egg.
One bag has six servings. A single 3-ounce serving (85 grams) has 200 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 1 gram of saturated fat (5% DV), 25 mg of cholesterol (18% DV), 330 mg of sodium (14% DV), 21 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), no dietary fiber or added sugars, and 12 grams of protein.
The chicken bites can be heated in a conventional oven (recommended) or a microwave.
To bake in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a single layer of frozen chicken on a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
To microwave, place frozen chicken from the bag onto a microwave-safe plate. Separate pieces for more even heating. For 1/4 of the bag, microwave uncovered on high for 45 seconds, flip chicken, and cook for an additional 45 seconds or until heated through. For 1/2 of the bag, microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds, flip chicken, and cook for an additional 1 minute and 15 seconds or until heated through. Let stand 1 minute before serving.
I baked these in the oven, and they turned out great. The breading is crisp and flavorful, and the texture of the batter around the chicken bites reminds me somewhat of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.
These were a hit in my household, even among family members who don’t like the taste or texture of most gluten free products. We dipped them in Aldi barbecue sauce and Chik-fil-A sauce. One bag of chicken bites was enough to feed four of us when served alongside some air fried French fries and a tossed salad.
liveGfree Gluten Free Chicken Breast Bites are a great option for people eating a gluten free diet. They bake up quickly and come out of the oven crispy, and they go well with whatever dipping sauce you like. If you’re looking for gluten free chicken nuggets, definitely give these a try.