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Gluten Free Summer Block Party

NFCA’s Gluten-Free Summer Block Party

By July 3, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences, Gluten-Free Recipes

Who needs Wendy, Ronald, or The Colonel when you can make your own gluten-free chicken nuggets?!

Gluten-Free Summer Block Party

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness asked me to join their Gluten-Free Summer Block Party and gave me a challenge: Create a recipe using Blue Diamond Nut Thins and Go Veggie Dairy-Free Cheese. The dish was meant to be served at a summer party or get-together in efforts to break away from the mundane summer-party foods. The goal was for everyone to enjoy the dish (even the gluten-eating folks), proving that gluten-free food can be served to everyone!

Seeing that I love a little spice in my life, I came up with a recipe for Gluten-Free Spicy Garlic Buffalo Chicken Nuggets with dairy-free cheese on top. Who wouldn’t love that combo?!

You can find the recipe here.

Making the Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

I did a trial run of the nuggets at home one evening and gave myself a HUGE pat on the back after tasting them. I couldn’t believe how good they were! They weren’t difficult to make AND they were baked, not fried, making them a much healthier alternative than the nuggets that gluten-eating folks are used to eating.

Gluten-Free Spicy Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

After I knew my recipe would be a hit, I made sure I had the necessary ingredients for a get-together that I was hosting later that week with college friends. This meant that my audience was beer-drinking, twenty-something’s that are under the illusion that gluten-free food isn’t the greatest. I had to prove their taste-buds wrong and serve up nuggets that they’d enjoy!

My gathering was at a cabin at the lake so I made my nuggets ahead of time in the oven at home. I packed the cooked nuggets (stored in Tupperware), a package of Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese, a side of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, and some toothpicks.

Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients for Nuggets

Serving the Chicken Nuggets at the Party

Once it was time to get the gluten-free chicken nuggets ready for the party, I simply reheated them in the cabin’s microwave. I placed a few sprinkles of Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican cheese on top of each one. Once they were all heated up, I placed a toothpick in each chicken nugget and arranged them on plates.

Go Veggie Dairy-Free Cheese

Gluten-Free Eating at a Summer Party!

By the way, please don’t pay attention to the non-classy plate ware. Our weekend at the lake wasn’t necessarily meant to be classy, if you know what I mean. (Picture 24-year-old boys shot-gunning beers on the patio)

Regardless of all of that, when my friends arrived, they each snagged a few chicken nuggets, dipped them in the hot sauce and appeared to enjoy the taste. One of my friends even said, “I can’t tell the difference between gluten-free and gluten food.” Victory!

How’d They Taste?!

The majority of my friends thought that the gluten-free chicken nuggets were good! There was one person that didn’t care for the taste of the dairy-free cheese, but you’ll have that. All in all, I think I did a great job proving our food is actually tasty to the unlikeliest of folks.

Taste Tester

Gluten-Free Believer!

This recipe would be perfect for a get-together at your house since you would have all of the necessary tools at your disposal (a.k.a. the oven). I think the fact that I was able to successfully serve the chicken nuggets without using an oven makes the recipe even more desirable! It proves that you can venture outside of the summer-barbecue-box and cook up some exciting options for your party guests!

Gluten-Free Spicy Garlic Chicken Nuggets
Recipe Type: Party Food, Horderve
Author: G-Free Laura
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My recipe for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Summer Block Party. The perfect food to serve at your summer party or gathering!
  • • 1 box of Multi-Seed Nut Thins (crushed)
  • • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • • 1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • • 2 eggs
  • • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • • Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce for dipping
  • • Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese, Shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wire rack on top of baking sheet.
  2. Combine crushed Nut Thin crackers, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a shallow bowl.
  3. Whisk two eggs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken pieces in egg then into cracker mixture, evenly coating each piece.
  4. Place chicken nuggets on top of wire rack. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Take chicken bites out and sprinkle Go Veggie Dairy-Free Mexican Cheese on top. Place back into oven until melted.
  6. Serve chicken nuggets with toothpicks and Buffalo Hot Sauce on the side for dipping.



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