Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart's content. Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.

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  • Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

  • Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.

  • Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

Tips

Ingredient note: Chicken tenders, virtually fat-free, are a strip of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of the chicken breast, but they can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.”

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; 6.6 g total fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 147 mg sodium. 4.4 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2019
This is tasty, easy to make, and quick. Recommended. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2017
Looks like easy one. I'll try it now. Thnx. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2017
Thanks! We enjoyed. I printed a coupon for 1 off King Arthur Flour at https://frugalharbor.com/ I love to try new recipes and save money while doing it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2015
So Easy!!! I used Natural Almond Flour for this recipe and turned out great. Next time I will try baking instead of deep frying. Almond flour is also a great batter substitute for traditional Beer Battered Fish. Pros: Healthy gluten free alternative to traditional wheat flours Cons: Deep Fried Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2014
Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy cekdadg Pros: ewourewt Cons: troeewtw Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2013
This was very easy to make my husband - who doesn't ordinarily like much (especially anything healthy) really liked this chicken. It was a little dry but nothing a little hot sauce didn't fix...plus I probably over did the chicken on my own. Pros: my husband liked them! Cons: a little dry Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2013
Does anybody know if egg whites instead instead of whole eggs are used for health reasons or because the outcome will be influenced? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2013
Absolutely Delicious. I doubled the recipe and I didn't use blender just chopped my silvered almonds and added to the dry ingredients without oil. I only used about 2 egg whites with a doubled recipe. Put them on a cooling rack sprayed with oil then sprayed the tops of my tenders and slid a cookie sheet under them for drips. 25 minutes in convect oven was perfect. I dipped mine in a little ranch dressing & my husband drizzled some honey on his. I also cooked the grilled green beans and had roasted cauliflower with Parmesan sprinkled on top. Delicious meal. Pros: Crisp easy taste great Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2013
Amazingly easy So easy. Thanks! Pros: Quick Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2013
Awesome everyone should try this I tried several recipe's for chicken with a nice crust but this if by far the best one I tried so far. Pros: healthy but delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2013
That can be seen in the dark. Straightforward if a child is an owl in the cryptic he sees wrong. The situation can be clarified if a) the feed fruitful products and b) to know a scarcely any tricks. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2012
Good info Very nice site! Pros: eioroopu Cons: iroiuery Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2012
Awesome CHICKEN Following other people's advise I doubled the crumbing mix and as we are Aussie we used 500gm of chicken. Pros: Tastes so good. I am a kid. I cooked it and I love it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
Great for picky eaters My daughter is VERY picky like she would rather not eat anything than eat a grilled cheese made with the wrong kind of cheese. She loved these! I plan to make a batch of the coating and put in a mason jar to keep on hand and use it to coat a variety of things. Kids love food that is coated and then dipped. Pros: Easy to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
Whole Family Loves These!! I have started a gluten-fee soy-free dairy free diet. Finding recipes that the whole family can eat and enjoy has been a challenge and a learning experience. Just substituting the whole wheat flour for a gluten-free one makes these perfect. And even my picky 6 year old gobbles these right up!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2012
YUM! I pound out my chicken tenders so that they are all the same thickness to allow for consistent cooking time and 20-25 minutes is just far too long. Even after leaving them in for 15 minutes they were too dry. I didn't put the almonds in a blender but rather mashed it by hand which gave it a good crunch! Really like the flavor with the almonds paprika etc. Very tastey indeed. Pros: Flavor Cons: Recommends cooking for too long Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2012
It sticks to the chicken! I did not have almonds so I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup wheat ritz crackers that I crushed with my fingers. It still came out crispy and delicious. The best home made tenders I have made!!! Better than pan frying!!!! I think the best part is it actually sticks to the chicken unlike other chicken tender recipies I got from foodnetwork. Pros: Crispy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2012
But I don't like Almonds. My daughter claim not to like almonds but she couldn't get enough of these almond-crusted chicken fingers. What kids don't know won't stop them from eating a dish. Pros: Tender healty easy to make. Cons: na Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2011
Excellent Flavor! Love these! And what a great alternative to otherwise fat laden food. Not a fan of paprika so left it out and added 1/2 tsp dehydrated minced onions. Also used 1 whole egg mixed with some buttermilk for the wash. Next time will try soaking the chicken in plain buttermilk (no egg) before breading. Plenty of wash but could have used a bit more of the almond crumb mix. Excellent on their own but was even better dipped in homemade ranch (homemade mayo buttermilk and seasonings). Served with polenta and salad. Pros: Tasty healthy Cons: Breading is a messy affair Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2011
Best Chicken Finger Recipe This recipe is amazing! I started making these a couple years ago in college when I was on a tight budget with not a lot of time but still wanted to eat healthy. These are amazing and super easy! 100% recommend! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2011
Deeeeeeelicious I made these for dinner and oh my god these are delicious. Not to mention super duper easy. The instruction say 40 minutes to make but it only took me 30. These will for sure be a regular meal for me. All that protein practically no fat AND delicious?? Are you kidding!?! Your kids will love these your man will love these and you will looooove these. Pros: Super quick and easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a very tasty recipe! Healthy too! I did have a problem after I breaded the other half of the chicken. The nut/flour mixture became to gooey and would not stay on the chicken. I think next time I will divide the nut/flour mixture into 2 bowls to solve this problem. I also used boneless skinless chicken breasts and just cut them into 4-5 smaller pieces instead of using chicken tenders. Came out moist tasty and delicious. Janine St. Augustine Florida Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Perfect replacement for fried chicken fingers. You get the health benefits of the almonds but it also satisfies that craving for fried food. Excellent recipe for kids and toddlers! We also used chicken breasts cut into smaller strips and they were great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious. These are a hit with my family. Instead of tenders I just cut up chicken breasts into strips. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My daughter saw these on the table and said "chicken nuggets!" like they were from the freezer. My other daughter said "but wait mom is eating them!" They tasted great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were pretty good. You should definately season your chicken with either salt or seasoning salt before putting them in the batter. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very easy recipe but the chicken needs to either be seasoned well before breading or once cooked needs a nice dipping sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was very good i do agree with the other comment about the nut mixture getting to gooey. I think putting the nut mixture in two bowls is a very good idea. My 6 year old daughter also loved them!! Yum!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The whole family enjoyed these when I made them for dinner last night. They did get a little messy when I was trying to bread them but overall for they are worth the work to cut out the fat and calories. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe tasted great! I used two bowls instead of the bag and I also put alittle bit of salt and pepper in my egg mixture. The batter covered great on about 6 or 7 chicken tenders before it became gooey. The chicken came out tender and juicy when cooked for about 25 minuets My family loved them. A light honey mustard or bbq sauce will go great for dipping.This will go in my favorites! K.Brand Lakeland Florida Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are great...simple to make very tasty and definitely healthier for the kids than fast food at the drive thru. I placed the mixture in a cookie sheet and spread it out kind of thin so it didn't get gooey or thick. Will definitely make these again. The almonds give it a great flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy and delicious. A hit with my 5 year old. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very delicious. Loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This looks great! My only question is would battered tenders freeze well and how long would they keep? I'm looking for a healthier alternative to the frozen chicken nuggets I can get at the store. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
If you place the chicken on a rack then on top of a dip baking sheet then it will bake evenly from all sides without sogging from the botom Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just made your Almond-crusted Chicken Fingers recipe. I am so excited because my two sons (who are the pickiest eaters!) and my husband absolutely LOVED it!!! They literally raved over it throughout the entire meal! Thank you so much!! I can't wait to try more of your recipes! I also appreciated the tip about putting the chicken on a rack to avoid soggy chicken. I will use this tip whenever I want crispy oven-baked chicken! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this last night for dinner and love them. Even my 7 year old ate it up! Quick Tip: the batter doesn't need to combine with the oil it just needs to be like bread crumbs then the egg whites will make them stick to the chicken. That being said I added a little bit more oil before realizing I didn't need too. I bought fresh chicken breast tenderloin for this and it turned out amazing. I made 8 pieces but had to whip together a little bit more of the almond crumbs. Also I only used about half of the egg. Don't crack all 4 at the beginning! start with two and add more if needed. The little ones thought it was just chicken tenders and ate it with a little ketchup. I served them with broccoli chopped carrots and a salad. Over all this is a new "go to" dinner for my family that the whole family LOVES. Read More