Paleo {& Nut-Free} Crispy Chicken Tenders & A Healthy Back To School Menu

Happy MONDAY, you guys! Remember the epic Valentine’s Day, Spring Salads, and Mother’s Day Brunch round-ups this past year? Well, my lovely and talented blogger friends and I are back at it! Bringing you recipes that’ll fuel your family for the start of a new school year.

BONUS! We’re also giving away TWO $100 Amazon gift cards below, to help you get started on that back-to-school shopping!


Personally, I am headed back into my classroom today, and my students arrive on Wednesday. So that meals Sunday meal prep will be in full-force. It means I need my energy!

Healthy Back to School Menu

You’ll find a Vanilla Breakfast Quinoa Bowl from Fit Foodie Finds, my new Crispy (and nut-free) Chicken StripsTwo-Bite Hidden Veggie Brownies from The Healthy Maven, and an after school Almond Joy Smoothie from Nosh and Nourish!

Let’s start with breakfast, shall we?

Vanilla Bean Breakfast Quinoa from Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds! A great, delicious, and nutritious breakfast.  breakfast-quinoaNow, you’re going to want to throw these Hidden Veggie Two-Bite Brownies in your kids lunch box, along with yours! From Davida, The Healthy Maven.

Hidden Veggies Two-Bite Brownies

Along with those bites, pack my new Crispy (paleo and nut-free) Chicken Strips with a side of your kiddos favorite dipping sauce (and a veggie).

Scroll all the way down for the recipe!Crispy Nut-free Chicken StripsLastly, make this Almond Joy Smoothie from Kelly at Nosh and Nourish for that after school deliciousness! 

babycakes sippingHow cute is Kelly’s daughter?

Now, let’s talk about those tenders. Crispy, breaded, tender, delicious, nut-free, and baked! Great for those nut-free classrooms you may or may not have!

Crispy Nut-free Chicken Strips

Paleo and Nut-Free Crispy Chicken Strips



  • Preheat oven to 375
  • In a bowl combine flours, salt, and pepper
  • In a separate bowl whisk together eggs
  • Dip sliced chicken breasts into egg, then dredge in flour mixture- repeat until all chicken is coated
  • Place chicken on lined baking sheet
  • Bake until crispy and golden, flipping halfway through, but juicy in the center* (for me this was about 10 minutes each side)
  • Recipe Notes

  • *Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken. Make sure to keep an on eye on them to avoid overcooking.
  • Crispy Nut-free ChickenstripsCrispy Nut-free Chicken Strips

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    Healthy Back-To-School Menu Collage

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    17 comments on “Paleo {& Nut-Free} Crispy Chicken Tenders & A Healthy Back To School Menu

    • I go back to school and the one thing I do to be prepared is to think ahead….prepping snacks to bring to class, what I’m going to have for dinner after a late class, etc! It’s super helpful!

    • No time for lunch today, but I’m going to make these for dinner tonight and hopefully will have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Thanks for posting an easier recipe than the one I had planned!

    • So excited for all these BTS ideas! I’m a grad student, substitute teacher, AND school counseling intern so I am always planning ahead and packing/bringing food pretty much everywhere I go! Can’t wait to try out some of these new recipes and more to come!

      I love bringing homemade paleo treats as on-the-go snacks between classes, in the car, or as a pick-me-up! And homemade gummies have become a staple in my busy life! Snacks for the win! I also keep “emergency snacks” in my car, purse, school bag, and…pretty much everywhere! I’ve been saved so many times with a nutbutter squeeze pack, a larabar, some nuts/seeds, etc. Planning ahead is my back to school tip for everyone! 🙂

      Keep up the awesome blogging, Lexi! Love hearing about and seeing into your happy and healthy life!


    • My go-to lunch is always leftovers from dinner the night before. I have 2 kids in school, a full-time job, I’m a part-time student, marathon training and my daughter’s track and figure skating, it’s so easy just to throw the extras from dinner in a Tupperware for the next day.

    • I never got my nuggets to brown nicely. They stayed a dry floury mess. I even tried spraying them with coconut oil to help but to no avail. 🙁 I’ve had better recipes

    • jenUKallergiecure says:

      Hi i would like to thank you for your website and recipe share i suffer from chronic urticaria and other server allergies to packaged foods, therefore decided to go paleo!
      I found it hard not having normal quick foods like bread and goodie, chicken strips and cookies. As reacting and getting sick all the time put me off the connection with food.

      Now i can enjoy these recipes!
      I feel i have my connection back and i dont get sick. Thanks ill always be grateful and healthy. 🙂

    • I’ve been doing a recipe from Primal Cravings that is very similar to this. While I love it, I’m not feeling the whole pan-fried aspect today. This is such a great options, and since I have coconut flour (and flax!), it should be no problem. My one question: I have 2 lbs. of chicken tenders and wondering how you would go about doubling it !


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