Delicious Paleo Chicken Tenders

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Delicious Paleo Chicken Tenders Real Food My Kids Will Actually Eat

Confession time

I used to not care about health and nutrition at all. Okay, maybe that is not true, but I only had a vague concept of what was healthy. And, on top of that, having picky eaters in the house, sometimes you just are trying to get the kids fed.

Then, a few years ago, I started making some changes (to a more paleo, natural food lifestyle). Almost immediately I realized mac and cheese, spaghetti o’s, and corn dogs were not giving the kids the nutrition they needed. I am sure I knew this already, but like I said, when you are busy and have picky eaters, it can be a battle just getting them to eat.

The next few months weren’t so fun. Tears, going to bed early, half eaten meals. As someone who does not like cooking in the first place, this was almost enough to derail the whole “kids should eat healthy” plan I had created. I saw all of these blogs where these amazing super moms could get their kids to eat kale and all kinds of healthy stuff, and my kids (well, one of them ha) fought me every step of the way…even the “hidden” veggies were detectable somehow. 

A Turning Point

I finally found this recipe, and it made me think maybe I am not crazy or doomed. 🙂 It is easy, paleo, and the whole family likes it (for now, at least, ha). Plus, I quadruple the mix and store it in the refrigerator in an air-tight canister. We have it about every two weeks and it is super easy to make with the mix already ready. If you freeze some chicken tenders, then you have a nutritious, paleo, kid-friendly meal ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Ingredients to Gather (you should have most of these already):

chicken tenders
almond flour
tapioca starch
garlic salt
salt (I use Real Salt)
Italian seasoning
black pepper
2 eggs, whisked
coconut oil

Delicious Paleo Chicken Tenders
Serves 4
Delicious kid-friendly chicken tenders free from grain, gluten, dairy and sugar
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 2 lbs chicken tenders
  2. 1 cup almond flour
  3. 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  4. 11/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 2 eggs, whisked
  9. 1/4 cup coconut oil, for frying
  10. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  1. Heat 1/4 cup of coconut oil in your skilled for 5 minutes on medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare the chicken while the oil is heating.
  3. Put the almond flour, tapioca start, salt, garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a bowl and mix. (This is what I like to keep in the fridge.)
  4. Whisk the eggs and put them in a bowl.
  5. Put each chicken strip into the whisked eggs and then dip into the almond flour mixture.
  6. Place the chicken strips into the coconut oil and fry for 5 minutes. (Check to make sure you don't need to lower the temperature. Mine got pretty dark, so I usually lower the temperature.)
  7. Turn the chicken strips and fry on the other side until golden brown.
  8. Sprinkle paprika over the chicken and remove from the skillet.
  9. Serve hot.
  1. I make the mixture in bulk and keep it in the refrigerator. Then, if you freeze your chicken tenders, you can have a meal ready to go at a moment's notice. I served with honey carrots or green beans almondine as kid-friendly sides, or on a spinach salad.
Adapted from Taste of Lizzy T
Adapted from Taste of Lizzy T
What is your favorite kid-friendly healthy recipe?


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  1. Christy Melegas says:

    I have make rubs and other breadings before, but I never make more than I need and store it. That is a great idea. Plus, chicken tenders are a hit here in the house so this is one recipe that I will be keeping around!

    • Jen says:

      Yes, it makes it so much easier! I check the dates on the ingredients and then the one that expires the soonest, that is the date i put on the mix so I know when I need to use it by.

  2. Emily says:

    This sounds like a really good recipe for chicken tenders. My daughter loves her nuggets and tenders from various establishments. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I may have to give it a try and see if I can get her off her Mcd’s addiction. :/ (Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but fast food…..) Thanks for sharing this. It’s her spring break this week, so we’ll give it a shot and see if it passes her quality taste test. Lol! Kids.

  3. Julie Sanders says:

    Thank you for the recipe. The first thing I questioned was almond flour, thinking where the heck am I going to get that?! The links to these products are a great help!

    • Jen says:

      Haha, some stores have it, but I like to just order online so I don’t have to spend so long looking for unusual ingredients. Always shop around though, as some prices will be much more expensive than others.

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