Chicken lightly coated in nutty almond meal or almond flour is the perfect homemade and healthier alternative to fried and battered chicken nuggets. These are kid-approved!
I seriously cannot believe it’s taken me so long to share this recipe with you. This is a recipe that I make so often, I almost forget that it’s something other people may not do or know about.
When I’m not taking my classes to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, teaching group fitness, playing with Bernie, or singing, I am a nanny to a little girl who professed her love for chicken tenders (or shall I say, chicken nuggets) to me pretty early on in our relationship.
While I think that chicken nuggets are probably fine every once in a while (just like any other treat) my mind set out on a mission to create a healthier version that she could enjoy more than just every once in a while.
How did I make them healthier? Well for starters, these chicken tenders are baked rather than fried. And for a little extra flavor boost, and a nutritional punch full of fiber, protein, healthy fat, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium I coated them in almond flour (almond meal works well here too!).
The first time I made them, I crossed my fingers as we both sampled a bite…and they were delicious! The outside coating is slightly crunchy, the seasonings pair perfectly with the slightly sweet and nutty almond coating, we had a win. I made them for Brian not too long ago and he told me that he could literally eat these every day. HA!
Well, variety is the spice of life and I like experimenting too much to make a recipe on repeat THAT often, but I will be making them again for Brian in the very near future.
These chicken tenders are delicious on top of a salad, they pair perfectly with roasted vegetables (carrots and Brussels sprouts especially!), and they taste amazing with homemade sweet potato fries.