Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

August/September 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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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.

"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....
Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

34 Reviews for Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

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!!


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.

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.

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago

Ritz crackers contain trans

Ritz crackers contain trans fats.

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.

Tender, healty, easy to make.
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.

Tasty, healthy,
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I didn't have paprika so I

I didn't have paprika so I used some chili powder. Went really well with the rest of the flavors. I made a sweet mustard dip with mustard and a sm. packet of stevia. Really good

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