Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

34 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine August/September 2005

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, (see Ingredient Note)


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  1. Preheat oven to 475 °F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: 3 chicken fingers
  • Per serving: 184 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 166 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 30 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 147 mg sodium; 266 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Reviews 34

April 01, 2015
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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
April 18, 2014
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November 05, 2013
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By: risa.sanchez
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 I probably over did the chicken on my own. Pros: my husband liked them! Cons: a little dry
September 21, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Does anybody know if egg whites instead instead of whole eggs are used for health reasons or because the outcome will be influenced? Pros: NULL Cons: NULL
September 11, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 19, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Amazingly easy So easy. Thanks! Pros: Quick Cons: None
February 27, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
January 11, 2013
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November 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Good info Very nice site! Pros: eioroopu Cons: iroiuery