Nut-Free Paleo Chicken Tenders

Looking for the best Paleo Chicken Tenders that also happen to be nut-free? This recipe uses a blend of flax seed, shredded coconut and tapioca to great a crunchy and delicious chicken tender that also happens to be gluten-free and easy to make! With instructions for both baking and pan-frying, these chicken tenders will make for a perfect quick dinner or meal prep that everyone will love!

Paleo Chicken Tenders without Nuts

We love using almond flour to make chicken tenders that are gluten-free and have a few recipes on the site using our trusty blend, but we know there are SO MANY people with nut allergies. These Paleo Chicken Tenders are made completely without nuts but are still crispy and delicious! We use a blend of tapioca starch, ground flax seed and unsweetened finely shredded coconut to get the crispiest golden-brown chicken tenders around! Serve it up with your favorite dipping sauce (we’re partial to honey mustard) and everyone is going to be happy!

This recipe was previously published back in 2013 and it’s been given a photo facelift as well as an updated recipe with instructions on how to bake OR pan-fry these crispy tenders.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken Tenders (or boneless skinless chicken breast sliced into tenders)
  • Eggs
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut
  • Salt, Pepper and Spices

Two Ways to Cook Them

We’ve given you two different ways to cook them: either pan-fry or bake in the oven. They both take roughly the same amount of time to make, but we are partial to pan-frying them. They are obviously more crispy this way! If you do bake them, be sure not to skip the step of using the parchment paper and to lightly grease them. Using the parchment paper prevents the chicken from sticking to the sheet pan

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Paleo Chicken Tenders

Looking for the best Paleo Chicken Tenders that also happen to be nut-free? This recipe uses a blend of flax seed, shredded coconut and tapioca to great a crunchy and delicious chicken tender that also happens to be gluten-free and easy to make! With instructions for both baking and pan-frying, these chicken tenders will make for a perfect quick dinner or meal prep that everyone will love!


Yield 2-4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine Paleo
Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. organic chicken tenders, or boneless, skinless breasts sliced into tenders 
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Olive oil, to fry or bake

Directions

  1. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow container whisk together eggs with a big pinch of salt and pepper 
  3. In a separate shallow container, whisk together tapioca, flaxseed, shredded coconut, salt, pepper, garlic and paprika.
  4. Dip sliced chicken into the egg, then dredge in flour mixture. Repeat until all chicken is coated.

To Pan Fry:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat In a large skillet. Once hot cook chicken in the skillet, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side depending on how thick your chicken is. Cook until chicken is crispy and golden-brown and cooked through. Place on towel to drain excess oil and serve.

To Oven Bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly spray or brush the sheet tray with oil. Place the chicken on the sheet tray and lightly spray or brush with oil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip the chicken and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve immediately.

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11 comments
August 25, 2014

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11 responses to “Nut-Free Paleo Chicken Tenders”

  1. I dont have kids to send back to school, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to eat ALL the PALEO and NUT FREE chicken tenders! These are rockin’ my socks! Pinned!

  2. I mean I’m biased but I kind of want all of these for my meals today. Now if only I could hire someone to cook them for me…no time to cook wah! I see the irony in this though 😉

  3. Chelsey says:

    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!

  4. Amber says:

    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!

  5. These chicken tenders look absolutely delicious! I haven’t had anything like this in so long but it def needs to happen soon! And will definitely happen with a side of baked sweet potato fries!

  6. Stephanie says:

    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!

    -Stephanie

  7. Jessica says:

    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.

  8. Ihjaz Ahmad says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I’m definitely making Paleo and Nut-Free Crispy Chicken Strips! thanks for sharing! A healthier option for a family favorite.

  9. Tanya says:

    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

  10. These sound really nice. Thanks for sharing this.

    Simon

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