Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

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

homemade chicken tenders in serving basket

Homemade Chicken Tenders

You are in for such a treat with my Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders! My kids go nuts when I make them homemade chicken tenders. 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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almond meal for homemade chicken tenders

The Secret To Making Perfect Chicken Tenders

The almond meal makes for a perfect, tender and flavorful chicken tender!

What You’ll Need

  • extra virgin olive oil– You’ll use olive oil to cook the chicken tenders in a hot skillet or pan.
  • raw chicken tenders– Look for the chicken tenders in the meat department. Often times it’s near the chicken breast and other chicken pieces.
  • almond meal– Almond meal is ground almonds in a fine powder like consistency. Check for almond meal in the baking section of the grocery store. I’ve ordered it on Amazon as well if it’s hard to find.
  • grated Parmesan cheese– Parmesan cheese adds the perfect flavor to the chicken tenders with the almond meal. You can grate your own Parmesan or find it already grated in the grocery store.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a more coarse salt. I prefer it in my cooking and baking.
  • black pepper- Use fresh cracked pepper from a pepper mill for best taste.
  • dipping sauces– Use your favorite dipping sauces for the chicken tenders. Ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing, even barbecue sauce.

dredging chicken tender in almond meal

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.

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.

cooking chicken tenders in hot pan

Place your coated chicken pieces in a nice hot saute pan with olive oil. A good 3 minutes each side, until golden and beautiful!

homemade chicken tenders in serving basket

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

homemade chicken tenders in serving basket

How To Serve

Serve your homemade chicken tenders warm with your favorite dipping sauces. They’re great on their own for dinner or perfect appetizers too.

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 in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed.
homemade chicken tenders in serving basket

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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Equipment

  • Stove
  • Large Skillet/Fry Pan
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • fork for handling chicken

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. Christine

    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!

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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