Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

Sharing one of our favorite homemade chicken tenders today! My Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders make the perfect quick fix snack or light dinner recipe! The kids and adults love them!

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You are in for such a treat with my Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders! My kids go nuts when I make them homemade chicken tenders. I have a great recipe in my Picky Palate cookbook that we make often on page 76 that is a staple in our house. With back to school season here, I am always looking for quick and simple dinners! They could not be easier to prepare, and chicken tenders cook up quickly in a nice hot skillet. There’s no flour, no double dipping with messy fingers which is always a plus 🙂 This recipe is gluten free too!

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Homemade Chicken Tenders

The Secret To Making Perfect Chicken Tenders

The almond meal makes for a perfect, tender and flavorful chicken tender! Start by mixing your almond meal, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Place onto a plate or shallow bowl.

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Can I Use Other Chicken Parts For Chicken Tenders?

You can use chicken breast and even chicken thighs with this recipe. Adjust your cooking time accordingly. Coat both sides of the chicken tenders in the almond coating.

Homemade Chicken Tenders

A nice and light coating does the trick.

How To Make Chicken Tenders

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place ground almonds, Parmesan, salt and pepper into a shallow dish, stirring to combine.  (If you have whole almonds on hand like we did, you can grind them in a powerful blender.  We used our Blendtec.)
  3. Place coated chicken strips into hot saute pan. Cook each side for about 3 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Remove strips from skillet and let cool on a baking rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve warm with your favorite chicken strip dips. My boys enjoy ketchup, yogurt Ranch, mustard and honey.

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Place your coated chicken pieces in a nice hot saute pan with olive oil.

Cook Chicken Tenders In Hot Skillet

Homemade Chicken Tenders

A good 3 minutes each side, until golden and beautiful!

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Place in a serving basket lined with parchment paper with your favorite dips. Enjoy!

Chicken Tenders Calories

While different chicken tenders recipes will vary in calories, there are 243 calories in each of these chicken tenders

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Tips For Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

  1. Make sure your skillet is hot before adding tenders. Crust crisps much nicer
  2. Arrange your cooked tenders in a “bread type” basket lined with parchment paper
  3. Offer a nice variety of dipping sauces for your guests.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

These Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders are the BEST homemade chicken tenders. Tender chicken, flavorful crispy coating.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups ground almonds or almond meal
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Place ground almonds, Parmesan, salt and pepper into a shallow dish, stirring to combine.  (If you have whole almonds on hand like we did, you can grind them in a powerful blender.  We used our Blendtec.)
  • Place coated chicken strips into hot saute pan. Cook each side for about 3 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Remove strips from skillet and let cool on a baking rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve warm with your favorite chicken strip dips. My boys enjoy ketchup, yogurt Ranch, mustard and honey.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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57 Responses
    1. I understand what you’re saying about the fried foods but this is pan fried in Olive Oil, which many say is one of the best oils you can have. You do have to be careful you don’t overheat the Olive Oil. So, we don’t consider these deep “fried food”, but yes baking will work also. Let us know if it works for you. Thanks for the question!!

      1. Kate

        Have you tried using coconut oil instead of olive oil? Its my new addiction! One of my favorites is chicken tenders dipped in egg white then panko, and pan fry in a small amount of coconut oil till crispy….the best part? Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the cooked chicken…SNORT! 🙂 I want to try this one, I love almond meal (from my homemade almond milk…can ya tell I’m a newbie at this?

  1. Eden

    I’m so excited to find your website. I have two 11 year-old-nephews coming to visit for two weeks, and I want to feed them well.

    Personally, I have multiple allergies, so that’s also a consideration. This recipe is ideal. The almond meal makes this gluten free, and if I use sheep Pecarino Romano cheese I’ll be able to do the “dairy”. And the “chicken strip” idea will be easy on the kids.

  2. Marit

    This looks so easy – I am overflowing with almonds so it will be a fun way to incorporate them into a meal. My roommate is deterred by cute serving baskets for some reason.. I’ll tell her to get over it because it’s such a fun idea!

  3. Kristin

    I love your idea…so healthy!! Would your recipe work in the oven? Perhaps I could coat the chicken and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins?

  4. elizabeth

    Jenny- Made this and coated them well, but once in the sauté pan, the almond parmesan coating wouldn’t seem to stick to the tenders. any tips for next time? thanks!

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  6. Courtney

    Hi. You’re recipe looks so delicious. It looks like the tenders from Burger Lounge.
    I tried the recipe, and all of the coating came off during fry process. Do you have any advice?
    Thanks, Courtney.

    1. MsBunky

      After I coated the tenders. I put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and my coating stayed on….my ex-MIL taught me to do that with breaded chicken.
      I did use a non stick saute pan.

  7. Pamela Frederick

    I am in process of cooking these right now. I’m soooo excited. I don’t know how they’ll taste yet, but one thing I do know is that the recipe calls for way too much almond meal. I don’t know if you really need more than 1/2 to 3/4 cup of almond meal for 1 lb of chicken tenders. Almond meal is much more expensive than flour, so it feels more painful to throw it out.

  8. Tammy Hane

    My husband loves to come home and pop some frozen chicken nuggets in the convection oven for an after-work snack but I hate how processed they are – not to mention the gluten. Has anyone frozen these and if so, do you have any recommendations?

  9. Megan

    These were great. I used almond flour, grated Parmesan cheese, lawrys seasoning salt and pepper. I coated the tenders and fries in my small deep fryer with peanut oil for about 5 min per 3 tender batch and they turned out perfect, and very yummy. A definite keeper

  10. Hi! Tried this recipe tonight as I have recently started an SCD diet and these were amazing! Added a bit of extra cheese plus shredded coconut and in no time they had been eaten, left wanting more. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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