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.
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I’d love to make these. Do you know if they are low FODMAP? I’m new to low FODMAP, so I just wanted to see if you have any advice for this recipe. Thanks!
Hello! Great question! According to the Monash University app, 1/4 cup serving of almond meal/flour is low FODMAP. If you are sensitive to GOS or completing the elimination phase of the diet, I suggest making sure that your serving is limited to 1/4 of this recipe so you stay within the 1/4 cup limit of your serving of almond meal/flour. I hope this helps!!
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I love baked almond chicken bites and make them all the time. While doing that I also like to make a little berry crumble with fresh berries, honey and lemon that is topped with almond meal and butter crumble (you could totally substitute coconut oil). So tasty!!
This sounds amazing!!!!
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I love baked tenders! These look awesome and they would definitely be kid-approved in my house 🙂
These look delicious! I haven’t made chicken tenders since I went gluten free, so I’ll have to give these a try!
Ooh, I love homemade chicken nuggets but it’s been a while since I’ve made em. That coating looks so perfectly crispy!
These look so good! I’m sure Brian gobbled them up! 🙂
You know it! 🙂 Thanks, Marisa!
These look great. I never think to make chicken fingers but they’re so easy. Thanks for the recipe.
Of course!! Seriously, if a 7 year old can do it…we can do it!
Childhood classic!!!! But then again, I love ANY chicken and always with ketchup!!
YES! So much ketchup 🙂
These look delicious! I love using almond meal as a coating for chicken. It’s such an awesome and easy way to spice us regular baked chicken. I love using Trader Joe’s Thai Chili almonds as the coating or their coconut cashews!
Love those ideas!! Sounds like a real flavor boost!
That looks amazing and simple! I can totally make that this weekend and eat in my salads all week 🙂
YES! They are perfect for meal prep!
I love the use of almond meal on these tenders! I haven’t had them in so long because they are so unhealthy, time to change that 🙂
YES! I think you will really like these 🙂
these sound INCREDIBLE! I am almost finished with Whole30, but it has made me a new person and I’m sticking with it as long as I can with maybe a few add-ins here and there. Adding these to my dinner rotation!
YEAH! Good luck finishing, Haley! 🙂