These homemade Almond Flour Chicken Tenders are made with less than 10 real, simple ingredients in about 30 minutes! They are the best chicken tenders that can be made right at home and the whole family will love them!
Easy Almond Flour Chicken Tenders
We are so excited to share this tried-and-true recipe for the best homemade chicken tenders! Pop these guys in the oven and 25 minutes later dinner is on the table. Perfect for dipping in some Whole30 Ranch or compliant ketchup and serve them with some Sweet Potato Cinnamon Sticks. They are a kid-favorite and the adults love them too! We also love serving them on top of our favorite salad recipes or put them in a wrap with some veggies and your favorite dressing. So versatile and so good!
Looking for more quick crispy chicken options? We absolutely LOVE these Air Fryer Chicken Wings!
What You Will Need
- boneless skinless chicken breast – some grocery stores will sell pre-cut chicken tenders or you can cut chicken breasts into tenders/strips yourself.
- almond flour – a perfect coating to make these chicken tenders nice and crisp!
- arrowroot powder – added to the dry ingredients to help bind things together.
- onion powder, garlic powder, & paprika – great combination of seasonings that really pack a flavor punch!
- kosher salt & ground black pepper – always a must when cooking any type of meat.
- eggs – this egg wash helps to hold the almond flour coating on the outside of the tenders.
How To Make Almond Flour Chicken Tenders
First, grab your favorite sharp kitchen knife and cut your thawed chicken breasts into tenders or strips.
Then prep your chicken tender stations. One bowl will have your dry ingredients mixed together and another bowl will have your whisked egg wash.
Begin this process by placing chicken tenders (1 or 2 at a time) in the egg wash.
Let the excess egg wash fall off before moving them to the almond flour mixture.
Now place them in the almond flour dry ingredient mixture. Turn the tenders to coat completely.
Place the fully coated chicken tenders on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Pro tip: for added crispness, place them under the broiler for a few minutes on each side. Just make sure you keep an eye on them!
Best Ways To Serve Almond Flour Chicken Tenders
There are so many different ways to serve up these delicious little tenders! Keep it simple and just serve them with your favorite dipping sauces. We love homemade ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or the always classic, ketchup! You could also use them to top any of your favorite salad recipes, like crispy buffalo chicken salad, greek chicken salad, or chicken caesar salad. They are so versatile that you could also use them to make a chicken sandwich or chicken wrap! Share with us your favorite way to enjoy these tenders in the comments below!
- can I fry these tenders? Absolutely! We love to bake these tenders in the oven, but you could easily fry them too in a skillet on your stovetop or toss them in the air-fryer!
- storage: we love to make a double or triple batch in order to have plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. Simply store leftovers in the fridge for 4-5 days.
- Whole30: if you are looking to keep these Whole30 or Paleo compliant, just make sure the dips or foods that you are serving them with are also compliant.
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Almond Flour Chicken Tenders Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: Approx. 4-6 servings
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Almond Flour Chicken Tenders (Whole30 + Paleo) – Easy and incredibly delicious weeknight chicken tenders! Made with real, simple ingredients!
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into tenders/strips
- 1 cup almond flour
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Crack both eggs in medium bowl and scramble with fork; set aside.
- Combine almond flour, arrowroot powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika and mix together.
- Take large baking sheet and line with parchment paper.
- Line up the prep stations by placing chicken strips, next to your egg wash, then almond four mixture and then your cookie sheet.
- Take a chicken strip and completely submerge in egg wash.
- Let the excess egg wash fall off as you lift the chicken out of the wash.
- Place chicken in almond flour mixture and ensure it is completely covered in the mixture.
- Shake off the excess.
- Place on cookie sheet and then repeat with the rest of the chicken.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through (flip gently).
- If you want a crispier outside feel free to place under the broiler for a minute or two (just watch carefully so they don’t burn).
- Serve immediately with compliant ranch dressing, ketchup or bbq sauce.
- Storage: let them cool slightly, place in an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
- Dips: perfect for serving with ranch dressing, ketchup, bbq sauce, or honey mustard for all your dipping needs!
- Nutrition: these calculations to not include any of the dips.
- Serving Size: 2 tenders
- Calories: 359
- Sugar: 1.2 g
- Sodium: 552.8 mg
- Fat: 10.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 11.8 g
- Protein: 32.9 g
- Cholesterol: 175.7 mg
Keywords: almond flour chicken tenders, whole30 chicken tenders, paleo chicken tenders
Originally published March 11, 2018 – photos have been updated.
I am allergic to almonds and wondered what flour you would recommend using in place of the almond flour
Diane Respess says
Starting Whole 30 this week and made a few things ahead of time to be able to grab quickly for lunch. I doubled this recipe and my kids were all in the kitchen wanting to try them when they came out of the oven. The devoured at least half of the tenders and gave them a big thumbs up. Thanks for the great recipe.
I really want to make these, but my kids are allergic to egg and almond flour. Any suggestions on what I should sub them for?
Thank you so much for this incredible recipe! ☺️ It’s so so so tasty! And it’s so straightforward to make as well. I’ve been on Whole30 for 3 weeks now and this is wayyy up there on my favorites list. My whole family absolutely loves it too!
So happy to hear you enjoyed this one, Simren!
Rachel Violet Scott says
So glad to find this recipe using enough flour mixture to cover the full pound of chicken strips. Loved the flavor. Wcrisply. flour/water egg replacement next time to see if it helps crispify.
I liked these! Mine didn’t get as crispy like the pictures and I had a lot of unused flour mixture (I hate wasting ingredients), but aside from that they were tasty and a very easy weeknight dinner. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I will make these again!
Winner winner, chicken dinner! We devoured these for dinner tonight, delish!
So happy to hear that, Anne-Marie!
Making these today. Do you know if they store overnight OK? Thanks!
Have you tried using an air fryer to cook these?
Hi Joelle – I haven’t personally tried them in an air fryer, but please let me know if you do!
Teresa Silva says
Deeee-lish! Family loved these!
So happy to hear that, Teresa! My family loves these too 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review and feedback – I really appreciate it!
Is there any flour that I could use in place of almond flour? Thanks!
Hi Olivia! I have only tested these with almond flour, but if I were to try a different gluten-free flour I would try coconut flour! Of course, regular all-purpose flour should work fine too, but I am assuming you are looking for something paleo/gluten-free 🙂
The flavor is fantastic, but the breading does not want to stick to the tenders, and did not get crispy at all.
I’m unable to find arrowroot powder, ok to leave out?
Hi Stephanie! If you don’t have arrowroot you could also use tapioca flour! Either of those will help bind everything together – without them the almond flour might flake off a lot more easily!
Have you had success freezing the chicken fingers once fully prepared?
i would like to try this recipe but live abroad and can’t find arrowroot powder. Is there any substitute I can use? Even if it’s not whole30 compliant? Thanks
is arrow root powder the same as arrow root flour/starch?