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Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

A clean eating version of chicken strips that are baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. An old almond crusted chicken recipe of mine that was desperately screaming for a picture makeover. Now, that the light in my kitchen is so much better with new countertops, you don’t have to ask me twice to grab a camera.
Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

This almond crusted chicken came out fantastic – crunchy on the outside, moist inside and full of flavour. We joked with our 4 year old at a dinner table saying that these are from a healthy McDonald’s but his reply was “There isn’t one. And even if there was I don’t want McDonald’s”. LOL now we had to fight “a monster” we have created ourselves.

There are a few tips on using almond coating in place of breadcrumbs but generally I prefer it WAY MORE to breadcrumbs. Just because I have a hard time finding whole wheat organic breadcrumbs in stores. And I always have almonds on hand that I can quickly grind in a food processor. Another huge benefit is the nutrition content because of the healthy fats naturally found in the nuts. These are so filling. Not to mention if you have gluten sensitivity, these are gluten free.

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

To make almond crusted chicken at home is super easy. I have to admit I just recently learnt myself how to do it properly. Baking anything healthy and crispy scares me to death because it is not as easy as dropping meat in a bunch of oil and having juicy tasty chicken wings. When baking instead of frying you gotta use right oven temperature, baking sheet/parchment paper combo and ingredients. Believe it or not even the colour of your baking surface matters!

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

So, you first get bowls with egg wash and almond coating ready. Then you slice chicken breasts into thin strips. Keep in mind you will flatten them so the strips will look bigger. Don’t freak out.

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

Then you have to pound these chicken pieces with a meat tenderizer. We are using a sheet of plastic wrap to keep our kitchen clean. Trust me, you don’t want chicken juices all over your face. And meat tenderizer is a great investment for tenderizing meats or crushing nuts inside the plastic pouch. You can pick one up like mine at Ikea or buy similar one on Amazon.

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

So, here is a BIG TIP working with an almond coating – before you flip chicken strips they might look under baked and soggy on the bottom. That is OK because almonds will turn golden brown once you continue baking on the other side. So, do flip them, don’t be afraid.

This is what they will look like at the end…Don’t you want to just grab one from the screen?!

Almond Crusted Chicken Recipe is baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. Kids didn't miss breadcrumbs! | ifoodreal.com

If you want almond crusted chicken leftovers double the recipe. This recipe served enough for dinner of 4 and a few pieces were left. Chicken strips are great as an appetizer with organic ketchup or your favourite healthy dipping sauce like Honey Mustard, on top of a salad, as a main dish served with a side like brown rice, quinoa or Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. Enjoy!

Almond Crusted Chicken

Almond Crusted Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs or 3 very large chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 1 1/4 cup almonds, ground (almond meal works too)*
  • 1 tbsp garlic or onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano or basil, dried
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, large
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F degrees. Line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, spray well with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In one small bowl, mix ground almonds (almond meal), garlic (onion) powder, oregano (basil), salt and pepper. In another small bowl, whisk the eggs.
  3. Wash chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towel. Cut into 1/2 inch thick strips lengthwise. Place a few on a cutting board, cover with a piece of plastic wrap and pound with a meat tenderizer a few times. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  4. Dip each strip into an egg mixture, coat completely in almond mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes on one side, flip and bake for another 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Please note, when flipping the bottom might look under baked and soggy but it will get browned and crispy, trust me. Serve hot with organic ketchup or Honey Mustard Sauce, or Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" for a complete meal.
  5. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate for a few days or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, bake from frozen for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F.

Notes

*I grind almonds in a food processor myself. I assume almond flour would work too but I personally like coarsely ground almonds, which is called almond meal.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 18 pieces

Amount Per Serving = 1 Chicken Strip:
Calories: 70.6
Total Fat: 4.0 g
Cholesterol: 19.6 mg
Sodium: 74.9 mg
Total Carbs: 1.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 8.0 g
WW Points+: 2

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24 Comments

  1. Chelsea

    Made this recipe for dinner tonight! My food processor was having a hard time with the almonds, but I got them pretty small. Not quite an almond dust. But it was very good! Loved the flavor, and my husband ate it up 😀 Thanks!

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    • Olena

      That is awesome, Chelsea! You do need good food processor for grinding nuts, that’s true. You could also buy almond meal – already ground almonds.

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  2. Amy

    Can’t wait to make these. I have a very very picky eater, I showed these to him and he said they look good. So keep your fingers cross. Going to give it a try. Thanks for the kid friendly recipe.

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    • Olena

      I will pray for you.:) I have one of those too, not as bad, but it’s a challenge many times. Every meal time is wiggling on and under the chair, 150 stories, whining unless it is a plain pasta, veggies or cheese on his plate. And at the daycare he will eat anything! These strips we had kind of an issue to eat at home but no problem at daycare. However, he doesn’t like meat. Please let me know what yours says.:)

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      • Amy

        Olena, I made these chicken strips and they came out just like you said in the recipe. For my picky eater yes yes yes he ate them with no complaints at all. I was so happy that he tried something new and he even wanted them the next night. If you have anymore recipes for a picky eater please let me know. The chicken strips was a big hit here at our house. Thank you Olena for your prayers and for this recipe!

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        • Olena

          Oh, that is fantastic, Amy! I will try to think of a few more. In the meanwhile, if you have any recipe ideas to healthily, please share.

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    • Olena

      Hi Yeni. Actually doesn’t matter and depends on your preference. If freezing unbaked freeze them on a baking sheet and then transfer to a bag or a container. Of course bake a bit longer than if they were cooked. You are very welcome and glad you are enjoying.:)

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  3. Lori

    If you do not have a good food processor, of a good one, I have used a thick ziplock freezer bag and put the almonds in there and use a metal spoon to pound the almonds or anything that is flat can be used. It will not be powder though, it is courser.

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  4. Rosie

    Amazing!!! My entire family loved this dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe!😍

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    • Olena

      Um, no. I don’t think I can handle another marriage. I can’t handle another husband or child. Sorry. You will have to make your own chicken.:) Glad you like it.

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  5. Lynne

    Can I just double check the oven temperature with you? Is 450F correct as most of the baked chicken nuggets I have cooked in the past where around 350F or a little hotter. Thanks for posting such a yummy looking recipe.

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  6. Ed

    Can you give tips on getting the almond coating to stick to the chicken? It stuck to my hands much more than it stuck to the chicken. It still turned out tasty, however, so thanks!

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    • Olena

      I hold chicken pieces by the ends of the longest part almost only with my fingertips and coat them in egg wash and then almonds, I don’t dip my fingers and hand deep into any coating. I also rinse hands between batches. Never had a problem – it should stick because chicken is wet from egg wash. Hope this helps. You just have to do it slow and gentle which I see many men having problems with, let’s start with my husband, I can see one big chicken almond quiche already.:)

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    • Olena

      You know, I saw tofu package at the store and on the back it had a recipe to coat it in hummus, then breadcrumbs and bake. I think you could thin out hummus a bit and use that instead of an egg wash.

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