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Almond Crusted Chicken

baked almond crusted chicken strips

5 from 7 reviews

Almond Crusted Chicken Strips are baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 18 strips 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs or 3 very large chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 1 1/4 cups 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)

Instructions

  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. Try to hold meat by the ends to prevent almonds sticking to your fingers, or rinse your fingers after each piece in a bowl with cold water.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve hot with organic ketchup or honey mustard sauce, and cauliflower mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. To reheat, bake from frozen for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees F.

Freeze: Lay strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Bake from frozen following recipe’s instructions + 15 minutes.

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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