One food my nearly-two year old daughter never had the amazing pleasure of trying was chicken tenders. Could you believe that we couldn’t find a gluten, grain, corn, soy, and dairy free option from the freezer section or local pizzeria? As she gets older I notice the foods I grew up eating that she wouldn’t have a clue what they were if someone put them in front of her. I am so proud of her healthy eating habits and lifestyle, but could you picture growing up without chicken tenders? I couldn’t, so I made it a mission to create the perfect recipe. It took me 3 days, but I has been done! Baked, not fried.
We paired our Paleo Chicken Tenders with delicious sweet potato fries, but that recipe is for next time. Let’s focus on the star of the show. A gluten, grain, corn, soy, nut and dairy free chicken tender that your friends and family will not be able to top.
- 1 pack pre-sliced chicken tenders (or 2 chicken breasts)
- 2 cups Cassava Flour
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp Denny Mike’s Seasonings: Cow Bell Hell
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp pepper
*You will also need 2 mixing bowls and a cookie sheet
Preheat your oven to 400°.
If you decided on chicken breasts, slice them to the size of your liking.
For the coating:
You will have 2 stations
In a medium mixing bowl, pour your olive oil as a bath before rolling chicken in the coating.
In a separate medium mixing bowl or on a large plate, combine your flour and spices. Mix until even and no chunks.
Dip your chicken tenders one at a time into the olive oil bath, using your fingers you can help the excess oil drip back into the bowl. Next, roll the chicken in the flour mixture, coating evenly and not caking it on. It will look like a thin layer, but baking will prove it is plenty. When evenly coated, transfer to your cookie sheet. Once all of the chicken tenders are on the sheet, drizzle more olive oil over the top of them. This will seal your flour on and make that beautiful golden color you desire.
Place in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. When that timer goes off, flip your Paleo Chicken Tenders and bake for 12-15 more minutes. You’ll know they’re fully cooked when the internal temperature is 165°.
These Paleo Chicken Tenders are moist, tender, flaky, and bursting with flavor. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a new family favorite.
Depending on your dietary restrictions, you may not be able to enjoy ketchup with your Paleo Chicken Tenders. My husband prefers them without any dip; they’re packed with enough flavor and so juicy you definitely aren’t lacking anything by eating them on their own. We devoured them with seasoned sweet potato fries, which will be posted soon!
Farmtofam meal planning:
The benefits of meal planning are extensive. Not only is meal planning a great way to stay on track with your diet, but it also creates the unique ability to custom cater a menu to you every week regardless of what allergies or diet you (or your family) follow. It will aid you in shopping, adapt to where you live for the best fresh vegetable recommendation, and keep you diverse in the kitchen to make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need from food (and not additional supplements).