Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

Everyone loves a chicken tender! It brings out the little kid in us all šŸ™‚

Unfortunately most chicken tenders are heavily battered and deep fried. Yes this may be outrageously delicious, but it’s also outrageously fattening!

I wanted to keep my chicken tenders clean, so I skipped regular breading or panko flakes. I’ve already done Ezekiel bread crumbs on my clean eating onion rings, so I looked around in my cabinet for alternatives.

ALMONDS! When you finely chop almonds they make a beautiful almond meal. Perfect for coating the chicken tenders. Plus it sticks really well!

This takes no time at all to prepare, so it is perfect for making after work!

For this recipe you will need:

-1 cup of raw unsalted almonds
-1 chicken breast
-extra virgin olive oil spray

That’s it skinny minnie’s šŸ™‚

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Prepare your almonds into almond meal. All you need to do this is a food processor!

Raw almonds
Raw almonds

Give it a whirl… about a minute later you have almond meal!

Almond meal

Now place on a plate or bowl (you won’t use all of it. I like to make extra and store it in the cabinet for future use)

So easy
So easy

Slice your chicken into tenders

Reminds me of chicken tenders G-Mama made for us all the time! I miss those days
Reminds me of chicken tenders G-Mama made for us all the time! I miss those days

Now spray each with a little olive oil spray

Dip each one into the almond meal! (sorry my hands were dirty for this part so no picture)

But here is the finished product!

They look good don't they?
They look good don’t they?

Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until brown on top


Plate them up! I had a side of green beans with them šŸ™‚

The little kid in me! Chicken Tenders!
The little kid in me! Chicken Tenders!

So delicious, healthy, and CLEAN!

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders
Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

Make these for your family tonight! Kids will love them too! šŸ™‚ They can even help to make them

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  3. Rebekha sours

    I made this tonight!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!! So yummy šŸ™‚

    1. Katie

      Yay! I’m glad you liked Bekha šŸ˜€

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  5. Megan

    I was craving chicken tenders and I found your recipie…..I’m so making this for dinner tonight!! šŸ™‚

  6. Megan

    so i noticed you put it on aluminum foil… you have to use aluminum foil?

    1. Katie

      Nope! Just makes for easier clean up šŸ™‚

  7. nuchanisa

    I made this earlier in the week and loved it as well as my mom. I did mine with chicken breasts and thighs. I’m just curious if we know what the nutrition information on this might be.

  8. Ashleigh

    I love mine with the crushed up pecans.. yummy..

  9. Linda Alexander

    Can we just use almond meal?

  10. Lisa

    Just made this tonight and it was awesome! My husband loved it and he hates eating healthy! Thanks for the great idea.

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    Have you tried freezing these? if so would you freeze after baking? I am a just back to work new mom of a 4 month old and am trying to find recipes that are whole 30 approved that I can make ahead…

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      Yes you can freeze! I would freeze them before baking them though

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    I have a tree but allergy do you think this would work with a different nut?

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      Yes, you can do any kind of nut!

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    This sound delicious, but how long do I bake them for?

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  17. Tiffany

    can you dip them in eggs instead of spraying with cooking spray? Then dip them in almonds?

      1. Jo

        I dipped in eggs and the crust fell off and was goopy, so not very crunchy. Will retry with olive oil šŸ™‚

  18. Melyssa

    Made these the other night with the meal leftover from making almond milk. 2 products from 1 effort! I spread the almond meal out on a cookie sheet and dried it after making milk and before making the chicken strips, but man were they good! Had I not seen this recipe before I made almond milk, I would have just thrown out the soggy almond meal, which just felt like such a waste! Thank you!!!!

    1. Katie

      Yum! Glad it worked out šŸ˜€

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  20. Rachel Jones

    Can you cook these in the skillet??

  21. Courtney

    Do you need to turn them half way thru cooking?

    1. Katie

      You certainly can to get them more evenly cooked. I usually let them go.

  22. Lisa

    I may be over looking it, but do you have the nutrition count on this recipe so I can put it in my app? Thanks so much. It looks great!

    1. Katie

      It’s an older recipe, so I don’t think it’s there but I can re do it!

    2. deb8746

      really a question almonds are keto right so if you just use oil almond flour and chicken wouldn’t
      that be no carbs

  23. PC

    Do you need to season the meat?

  24. Theresa

    This was DELICIOUS and so easy to make! Thank you! šŸ™‚

  25. Nidia

    What are the nutritional values?

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