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Whole30 Chicken Tenders

Whole30 Chicken Tenders - grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free!!

The Whole30 recipe testing has begun!! Starting a Whole30 in January means the planning must start now!  Everything I have read says that planning ahead is the most important thing to be successful.  I also need to start slowly eating whole30 approved stuff in between all of the sugary stuff I can’t seem to keep my hands off right now.  My sister just had a fabulous birthday party last weekend and we had lots of yummy treats and wine!  It’s occasions like that where I love to enjoy myself and not feel guilty about having a brownie.  Those sweets just make me eat even better the next day and become what balance is all about.  For these tasty tenders I looked to my pantry.  I had almond meal and coconut flour on hand and saw breading written all over it!  I am thinking this would also be a great breading on a gluten-free chicken Parmesan.  There are infinite options really!

First make the breading and line it up with your tenders and eggs.

Whole30 chicken tenders - a quick paleo dinner that will get you through the Whole 30 challenge!

Cooking these in a pan with a little olive oil is the best way to keep them a little crispy!

Whole30 Chicken Tenders - coating made with almond meal & coconut flour! A quick paleo meal you will love!

I also made that whole30 ketchup that is super easy and tasty!

Whole30 Chicken Tenders - coating made with almond meal & coconut flour! A quick paleo meal you will love!

Sweet tater fries…. ALWAYS!

Whole30 Chicken Tenders - coating made with almond meal & coconut flour! A quick paleo meal you will love!

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Whole30 Chicken Tenders - coating made with almond meal & coconut flour! A quick paleo meal you will love!


Whole30 Chicken Tenders


  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty you like things)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. In a shallow bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper & smoked paprika. Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken tenders. In a small bowl scramble up 1 egg. Dip the chicken tenders in the egg, then roll them around in the breading mixture. Press the mixture all over the chicken and then shake off the excess. Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Once oil is hot, add a few tenders and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Continue with the rest of the tenders and serve with some paleo ketchup!


29 replies
    • Kelsey says:

      Baking could work! Pan frying with just a little oil helps add crisp without having to fully fry it! Let me know how baking works!

  1. Sam says:

    These look so good! I’m definitely going to be trying them out soon. I am curious though, why both coconut flour and almond meal? Will just one suffice or do they need to be together?

  2. Kim says:

    I made these and really liked them. My only issue is when I fried them, they turned black. Do I have a cheap skillet? I used a non stick on medium high with a little olive oil. They were still yummy and didn’t taste too burnt. I dipped them in homemade dump ranch – yum!

  3. Erin Dwyer says:

    I’m a Whole30er and I just made these, but with chicken thighs. Wow! Very tasty! Had a nice sweetness to them. Agree the salt was a bit too much though. Will definitely make again! Also no need for ketchup or ranch, plenty tasty on their own.


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