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

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.

How To Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed.

Recipe Tips For Success

  1. Make sure your skillet is hot before adding tenders. Crust crisps much nicer.
  2. Use a good quality Parmesan Cheese for best tasting results.
  3. Arrange your cooked tenders in a “bread type” basket lined with parchment paper
  4. Offer a nice variety of dipping sauces for your guests such as Ranch Dressing, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, ketchup and salsa to name a few.
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 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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. 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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