Who doesn't love chicken tenders? I definitely used to (especially with a nice side of ranch dressing). I can't remember the last time I've had them, because as we all know, they're not exactly doing our bodies any favors. Typical chicken tenders are made with non-organic chicken and are heavily breaded, then fried in hydrogenated oil. No thanks! This recipe is a total makeover on the classic chicken tender, and they're beyond easy to make. They pack and extra healthy punch because the "breading" is made of almond meal and ground flaxseeds for plenty of omega-3's and fiber, plus tons of spices for a major dose of vitamins and minerals (and lots of flavor)!
All you'll need to do to make these paleo chicken tenders is set up your "breading" station, dip 'em, and bake 'em. You'll have one dish with whisked eggs and another with all of the seasoning. The chicken strips go into the seasoning, then into the egg, back into the seasoning, and then to the baking sheet. That's it! Here's our super healthy, paleo, gluten-free, seasoning . . .
And this is what it looks like right before the tenders go in the oven . . .
Ready to make them??? Let's do it!
1 pound organic, boneless, skinless chicken tenders
3/4 cup almond meal
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
Optional: a dash or up to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending how spicy you're feeling!)
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. For extra crispiness, place a wire rack on top of the parchment. Make sure to spray the wire rack to prevent the chicken from sticking to it.
2. Whisk two eggs in a shallow bowl.
3. In another shallow bowl, mix together the seasoning ingredients - almond meal, flaxseeds, paprika, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cumin, cayenne (if using), salt, and pepper.
4. One tender at a time, dip it lightly in the seasoning, then into the egg mixture (letting any extra egg drip off), and then dip it back into the seasoning mixture and roll it around to make sure it's fully coated. (You could skip a dip and go straight to the egg and then the seasoning, but dipping it in the seasoning before and after the egg will help the crust stick).
5. Place the seasoned chicken tender on the baking sheet or rack and repeat with the remaining tenders.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked through, flipping them over halfway through.
7. Optional: Turn the oven on broil for 30 seconds to a minute to brown the tenders. Make sure to watch closely so they don't burn!
8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces!
So yummy right? What are your favorite sauces to dunk your chicken tenders? My go to is Hak's Chipotle Bourbon BBQ sauce. It's sweet, smoky, spicy, and the perfect compliment to these tenders. I'm obsessed with all of their products because they're delicious and made with clean, unprocessed ingredients!
Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Wishing you all a delicious and healthy week!
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.