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!!
Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
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.
34 Reviews for Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
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.
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.
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.
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.