Recipe type: Main Courses
Cuisine: Ketogenic. Low Carb. LCHF. High Protein. Gluten Free. Grain Free.
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Yield: 2
Edible crickets give these easy-peasy chicken nuggets a super-crunchy coating. Dip them in the avocado mayo and delight the whole family. But maybe keep the bugs your secret... ;)
  • 250g chicken thigh fillets (skinless)
  • 20g edible crickets (U.S. option HERE)
  • 70g ripe avocado (net weight)
  • 40g full-fat cream cheese
  • 40g freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 small egg (beaten)
  • 20g mayonnaise (U.S. option HERE)
  • tsp fine Himalayan pink salt (U.S. option HERE)
  • ¼ tsp Season All
  • ½ TBSP dried tarragon
  • a generous sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (or as much as you can handle)
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil - plus enough for pan frying - (U.S. option HERE)
  1. in a blender, put avocado, cream cheese and mayo, and blitz until velvet-smooth; add enough salt and pepper to suit your taste buds, cover with cling film, and keep refrigerated.
  2. cut chicken into nugget-size chunks and rub with listed ^^^ seasoning, spices, tarragon and EVOO.
  3. cover and refrigerate; the longer you leave the chicken to marinade, the more flavoursome the result, but if you're in a hurry, you can omit this step.
  4. add beaten egg to the marinated chicken, making sure every piece is nicely coated.
  5. put the dried crickets in a coffee grinder or similar and pulse 2-3 times so as to obtain a coarse flour.
  6. place grated Parmigiano and cricket flour in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  7. dip each chicken piece into the Parmigiano/cricket flour mix and set on a plate or tray.
  8. splash some extra virgin olive oil into a frying pan and set the heat to medium-high.
  9. when oil reaches sizzle point (you can test with one bit of chicken), pan-fry chicken pieces for a few minutes each side, until nicely browned and crispy.
  10. transfer to a dish lined with kitchen paper and serve immediately, with your avocado mayo on the side.
You can swap thigh fillets for breast, if you prefer.

Metric kitchen scales are an inexpensive yet invaluable gadget to ensure accurate measurement of ingredients. Store them upright in a cupboard or over your worktop and they'll only take up a tiny bit of space. Click HERE for the ones I use. For U.S. option click HERE.
Serving: 1 Calories: 568 Fat: 38g Net Carbs: 2g Protein: 42g
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