Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

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Instead of batter-dipped, deep-fried nuggets, we coat chicken tenders in a seasoned almond and whole-wheat flour crust and then oven-fry them to perfection. With half the fat of standard breaded chicken tenders, you can enjoy to your (healthy) heart’s content.

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Canola oil cooking spray

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1 pound chicken tenders, (see Ingredient Note)

Directions
  1. Makes 4 servings

  2. Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.

  3. Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

  4. Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.

  5. Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
184
Carbohydrates
4g
Fat
7g
Saturated Fat
1g
Monounsaturated Fat
3g
Protein
26g
Cholesterol
63mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
264mg
Sodium
147mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
3 very lean meat
1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
0

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4 replies

ohneclue
ohneclue 2016-03-09 15:10:06 -0600 Report

It would be better without bad canola oil and there's no need to add wheat flour at all. Almond flour does just fine without it.

Low Carb Liz
Low Carb Liz 2016-03-07 11:21:52 -0600 Report

just use almond flour and you don;t have the hassle of grinding up the almonds and lots less carbs in almond flour.