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. Lina

    Woooow It looks amazing,, well done dear 🙂
    Thanks a lot for the recipe, Inshallah I’ll try it very soon 🙂

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Jenny, we made these over the weekend and LOVED them. I will always coat chicken with ground almonds from now on – (I used freshly ground). It’s incredible!

  3. marla

    LOVE this preparation for chicken ~ it’s truly amazing all the ways to use blanched almond flour 🙂

  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!

    1. Jenny

      Hmmm, weird Elizabeth. I didn’t have that problem. Did you use a stainless steel pan or non stick?

    1. Jenny

      For chicken strips, I would bake at 350 for about 20 min or until chicken is cooked through. I’d love to hear if baking works for you. 🙂

  5. 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?

    1. Jenny

      Kristin, Yes on the 350 degrees but I would check the chicken at 20 min to make sure it’s cooked through then.

  6. Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

    Super smart, Jenny!! Thanks for the reminder that I am all out of almond flour…

  7. Chels R.

    Mmm, that looks really good! I never buy chicken tenders, but I bet my kids would like me too.

  8. 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!

  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Chicken tender were a favorite as a kid, so they are still a favorite as a adult! I can’t wait to make these – thanks! 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    What a great idea!! I can’t wait to try them them. Now I can use my almond meal for something other than macarons :p

  12. Jessica @ fantabulosity.com

    OMG, these sound so delicious, and sooo easy. I shared on my Fantabulosity Facebook Page, and “pinned,” it. I can’t wait to make them! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Jennie

    These chicken tenders sound so good. We try to stay away from fried foods. Have you tried baking them in the oven?

    1. Jenny

      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?

  14. Heather Christo

    beautiful timing Jenny! My kids will love these and they are easy for me as school starts again!

  15. Helene D'souza

    Flavorful and quick chicken dish. Nice idea to coat the chicken tenders with almond and Parmesan, for sure everybodie’s favorite.

  16. Sues

    Homemade chicken tenders with almond meal are SUCH a good idea. A little more nutritious and even more delicious 🙂

  17. Tieghan

    They look so crispy!! I love cheese coated chicken finger and the almond meal makes them totally healthy! Score! My family would go crazy for these!

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