Recipe: Chicken Bites with Tahini Mustard Sauce

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One of the most common concerns I hear is how people, particularly moms, want to encourage healthier eating habits, but their picky eaters are so hard to please. But who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? Well, there is a lot not to love about the ingredients in processed store-bought ones, but making your own at home is both simple and delicious. I served these up with a Tahini Mustard Sauce and they were a hit for myself, my husband, and my toddler too! Did I mention they happen to be gluten free and dairy free, and that they also sneak in some veggie goodness?


Chicken Bites

Servings 4


  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast or thigh meat (or combination)
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 c. spinach
  • 1/2 c. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 T. avocado oil


  1. Using a food processor or box grater, shred the red onion and zucchini.

  2. Finely chop the spinach and parsley.

  3. Place the ground chicken, red onion, zucchini, spinach, and parsley into a medium sized bowl. Add the seasonings, then mix by hand to combine evenly.

  4. In a large cast iron skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat.

  5. Once hot, use a portion control scoop or large spoon to scoop approximately 1 ounce portions of mixture. Place into the hot skillet, pressing slightly to form small, level patties.

  6. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until nicely browned on bottom. Flip and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, or until completely cooked through.

Tahini Mustard Sauce


  • 3 T. tahini paste
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. dijon mustard
  • 2 T. hot water
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.