Gluten-Free Turmeric Chicken Nuggets

If you’re looking for an IBD-friendly, gluten-free, quick, and easy meal that’s high in protein and tastes amazing, while still being nutritious… this gluten-free turmeric chicken nugget recipe will check all your boxes!

Watching my husband face the realities of IBD has been an eye-opener to the everyday compromises and adjustments that come with dietary restrictions. One of the things he missed the most was indulging in the simple pleasure of chicken nuggets that he could no longer tolerate.

That’s when these gluten-free turmeric chicken nuggets came into play. They became our fun twist on regular chicken, allowing him to savor a favorite treat without any discomfort. Serving up these nuggets brings a sense of normalcy and delight to our table, reminding both of us that a dietary limitation doesn’t mean missing out on the foods we love. Sharing this recipe is not only about sharing a dish but also about sharing a message of resilience and the pleasure of enjoying food that truly caters to our health needs. I am eager to share these nuggets with clients and others with IBD, to spread the comfort and enjoyment we’ve found at our own table.

Are Fast-Food Chicken Nuggets Gluten-Free

Unfortunately, most fast-food breaded chicken nuggets are all NOT gluten free, such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, and Chick-fila. Compared to this recipe that is gluten-free, along with many other benefits.

If you’re in search of a meal that is friendly to IBD, quick to prepare, and nutritious, look no further! This gluten-free turmeric chicken nugget recipe is not only high in protein but also delicious. It ticks every box for a convenient and healthful option.

Why Is This Recipe Good for People With IBD?

High In Protein

Some people with IBD may experience a protein deficiency. With IBD, during periods of increased inflammation like during a Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis flare, protein needs may be increased by 50%

Uses Avocado Oil

Avocado oil boasts a high content of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat recognized for its anti- inflammatory benefits. Additionally, it is packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds such as lutein, carotenoids, tocopherols (a form of vitamin E), and plant sterols.

Uses Turmeric

Curcumin is a substance that is found in the spice turmeric, and ongoing research suggests that curcumin possesses significant medical benefits, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-regulating effects.

Many basic and clinical studies have shown that curcumin is effective in treating IBD and can also help maintain its remission.

Understanding the Taste: Turmeric’s Role

In this recipe the turmeric taste is very subtle and hardly noticeable. But if you are someone who isn’t sure if they like the taste of turmeric, start small when first introducing it. For example, you could start by adding half the amount that the recipe calls for and add another anti-inflammatory seasoning to create more flavor as needed.

Is Gluten-Free

Although Crohn’s and Celiac disease are different, some individuals with IBD may experience sensitivities or intolerances to foods that contain gluten. Additionally, some of the IBD therapeutic diets, such as the IBD-AID Diet emphasizes the avoidance of wheat to help a sensitive gut recover. Therefore, some people with Crohn’s or colitis may benefit from limiting their gluten consumption, especially during a flare up.

Isn’t Ultra-Processed

In recent times, developing nations have witnessed a swift increase in the incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. New findings indicate that the consumption of processed foods and food additives may contribute to the susceptibility and persistence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Low in Fiber

This recipe is carefully designed for individuals who may require a lower-fiber diet, as recommended by healthcare professionals for managing conditions like a stricture or during an IBD flare-up to provide temporary relief from digestive discomfort and help regulate stool output.

Each serving of this recipe contains 3 grams of dietary fiber. The oats are finely ground to improve digestibility, offering a more gut-friendly option while maintaining the delicious flavor and nutritional value you expect.

How to Make Gluten-Free Turmeric Chicken Nuggets

Blend rolled oats, turmeric powder, sea salt, and black pepper in a food processor until they reach a flour-like consistency. Toss cubed chicken breast in avocado oil, coat with the oat mixture, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the nuggets, let them cool slightly, then serve on plates, and enjoy!

Nutrition in Chicken Nuggets

This easy recipe is friendly to many dietary restrictions. It is:

  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • corn-free
  • egg-free
  • Low FODMAP
  • low glycemic
  • nightshade-free
  • nut-free
  • legume-free
  • soy-free
An array of golden-brown chicken nuggets scattered across a white background. Each nugget has a crispy coating with a visibly textured surface, suggesting a crunchy bite. The golden color varies slightly from piece to piece, with some lighter and darker spots, indicating they have been baked to a delectable crispness.

Gluten-Free Turmeric Chicken Nuggets

Angelina Tringali and Danielle Gaffen, MS, RDN, LD
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • parchment paper
  • Baking Sheet Pan
  • Food Thermometer


  • 1 cup Oats rolled
  • 2 Tbsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast boneless, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil


  • In a food processor blend the rolled oats, turmeric powder, sea salt and black pepper until a flour-like consistency forms.
  • In a separate bowl, toss the cubed chicken breast in the avocado oil until evenly distributed. Pour the oat mixture over the chicken and toss until the chicken is coated.
  • Place the chicken strips on the parchment-lined baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Remove and allow the nuggets to cool slightly. Divide between plates and enjoy!


 Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to five days.
Serving Size
 One serving is equal to approximately five nuggets.
Make it Vegan
 Use cauliflower florets instead and bake them in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 23gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 28IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 3mg
Keyword beef-free, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, kosher, legume-free, low-FODMAP, low-glycemic, meal-prep, nightshade-free, nut-free, pork-free, seafood-free, soy-free, sugar-free, unprocessed

Take Home Message

This Gluten-Free Turmeric Chicken Nugget recipe provides a simple and nutritious meal or appetizer, suitable for those with IBD. This recipe is a great addition to an IBD-friendly diet. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and meets many other dietary restrictions, yet still tastes amazing.

More Gluten-Free Recipes

Looking for more gluten-free Crohn’s disease- and ulcerative colitis-friendly recipes? Try these delicious options:


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About the Author

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Danielle Gaffen, MS, RDN, LD

Understanding the link between nutrition and gut disease prompted me to obtain my master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University and become an IBD Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Now I work with people who have Crohn’s and colitis who are struggling with confusion around what to eat. My favorite part is helping them to build confidence to eat without fear while managing their symptoms.

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