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Low Carb Baked Chicken Tender

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These Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders are the perfect healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken tenders. Coated with a delicious blend of parmesan cheese and ground almonds, they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This recipe is simple, nutritious, and sure to be a hit with the whole family!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for easy cleanup.
  2. Prepare the Coating: In a shallow bowl, combine the grated parmesan cheese, ground almonds, granulated garlic, dried mustard, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed.
  3. Melt the Butter: In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter until fully liquid.
  4. Coat the Chicken Strips: Dip each chicken strip into the melted butter, ensuring it is fully coated. Then, dredge the butter-coated chicken strip in the parmesan-almond mixture, pressing gently to ensure the coating sticks well.
  5. Arrange on Baking Sheet: Place the coated chicken strips on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they are not touching.
  6. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken tenders are golden brown and cooked through. You can turn the tenders halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.
  7. Serve: Once done, remove from the oven and let the chicken tenders rest for a few minutes. Serve hot with your favorite low-carb dipping sauce or alongside a fresh salad.

Cook Notes and Variations:

  • Nut Substitutes: If you have a nut allergy or prefer a different flavor, you can substitute the ground almonds with finely ground sunflower seeds or pork rinds.
  • Spice it Up: For a spicier version, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or paprika to the coating mixture.
  • Herb Variations: Feel free to experiment with different herbs such as oregano, thyme, or parsley for a unique flavor profile.

Keto-Friendly Tips:

  • Butter Alternatives: You can use ghee or coconut oil in place of butter for a slightly different flavor and to suit dairy-free diets.
  • Check Labels: Ensure all seasonings and parmesan cheese are free from added sugars or fillers that might increase the carb count.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts? A: Yes, chicken thighs can be used for a juicier option. Just ensure they are boneless and skinless, and adjust the cooking time if necessary.

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Q: How do I make sure the coating sticks well? A: Ensure the chicken strips are thoroughly coated with butter, and press the parmesan-almond mixture firmly onto the chicken. Chilling the coated strips for 10-15 minutes before baking can also help the coating adhere better.

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Q: Can these chicken tenders be frozen? A: Yes, you can freeze the breaded chicken tenders before baking. Place them on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

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Q: What dipping sauces go well with these chicken tenders? A: These chicken tenders pair well with a variety of low-carb dipping sauces such as ranch, aioli, sugar-free ketchup, or a spicy buffalo sauce.

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Q: Can I use pre-shredded parmesan cheese? A: It’s best to use finely grated parmesan cheese as pre-shredded varieties often contain anti-caking agents that can affect the texture of the coating.

Q: How do I reheat leftover chicken tenders? A: Reheat leftovers in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. This helps to maintain their crispy texture.

Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders offer a tasty and healthy twist on a classic favorite. By using parmesan cheese and ground almonds for the coating, these tenders are both crispy and flavorful without the extra carbs. This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering. Enjoy these tenders hot out of the oven with your favorite low-carb dipping sauce and savor the delicious blend of herbs and spices in every bite!

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