Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders – Paleo & Gluten-Free

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Who doesn’t love a chicken tender?!  I used to pretend I was making them “for the kids” all while plotting how delicious they were going to be on my salad or dipped into something fabulous. But, chicken tenders, fingers, nuggets or whatever ya want to call them are usually over-breaded and fried in yucky fats when eaten out — and not much better for you when baked from those bags from the freezer section. Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders

My recipe for Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders uses fresh chicken breast coated in almond meal for satisfying crunch! The golden color comes from turmeric, a spice beloved not just for it’s hue but also amazing health benefits — I’ve blogged about that a million times. By using almond meal (along with coconut flour for the pre-egg dusting), I’ve kept this recipe gluten-free and paleo-friendly! Read on to get the recipe!

Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders  are a gluten-free, paleo-friendly 30-minute meal that is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Family friendly, the kids will love this dinner!

breading chicken tendersIt takes about 10 minutes to slice up chicken breast into strips and process through the coconut flour, egg bath and almond crust steps, then 20 minutes of bake time.  To prevent sticky fingers, always use one hand for handling wet and the other hand for dealing with dry.

 

For a quick weeknight dinner, we enjoyed our Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders with roasted broccoli and our favorite Paleo barbeque sauce. These tenders are also awesome in wraps, on salad and even eaten as cold leftovers the next morning! Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders

How many lifetime chicken tenders do you estimate your family has eaten over a year or a lifetime?! Are you a turmeric fan? Do you have a trick for keeping your nails and fingertips from turning yellow when working with it?! Please share in the comments, XOXO — Jennifer

 

Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders
Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders
Print Recipe
The young and young-at-hear will love my gluten-free, paleo take on chicken tenders that uses turmeric, coconut flour and almond meal for a crispy crunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders
Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders
Print Recipe
The young and young-at-hear will love my gluten-free, paleo take on chicken tenders that uses turmeric, coconut flour and almond meal for a crispy crunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Slice chicken lengthwise in approximate 1/2" thick pieces. If breast is very large, you may want to butterfly it first.
  3. Place coconut flour in shallow dish. Whisk egg in second shallow dish. In third shallow dish, mix together almond meal, turmeric, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsely.
  4. Place strip of chicken in coconut flour, lightly covering all sides. Next dip in egg and let excess drip off. Finally place in almond meal dish and completely cover all sides well with mixture. Place on baking rack sitting atop baking sheet for maximum crispiness.
  5. Repeat for all pieces of chicken.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in center of oven or until cooked through and turning crunch and lightly brown on exterior.
  7. Remove from oven and serve with your favorite dip.
Recipe Notes

***Turmeric is better used by the body when paired with black pepper or fats -- so don't omit the black pepper unless it bothers you.

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9 thoughts on “Baked Turmeric Almond Chicken Tenders – Paleo & Gluten-Free

  1. I don’t want to think about how many chicken fingers I have eaten in my life. For a long time, that was about the only thing that I would eat! I don’t really do coconut flour, but I have some other flours I might try!

    • You really can’t lose with chicken tenders, especially when baked (in delicious ground up almonds 😉

  2. Yum Yum Skittlebum!! These look bomb – and I love me some chickennnnnn! 🙂 This will be my next kitchen creation for lunch, and hopefully my husband will LOVEEEE em!

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