This Clean Eating Chicken Tenders Recipe is the perfect guilt free, healthy dinner! Whole30, paleo, and gluten free- they’ll become a staple in your home!
This post was originally shared in 2017, but photos have since been updated.
When I was growing up.. I basically lived off of chicken nuggets/chicken tenders + pasta. I was the PICKIEST eater ever. I seriously don’t know how my mom dealt with me. Chicken tenders were my go to meal of choice whenever we would go out to eat, accompanied by a giant pile of fries (duh). If we’re being totally honest, I never really grew out of my chicken tender loving phase, and I still crave them.
But here’s the thing with chicken tenders/chicken nuggets. In addition to being fried (we all know that’s no good for you), their ingredients are seriously questionable.. from the chicken on the inside, to the batter on the outside.. there are some WEIRD things in there… but no worries, I came up with my own Clean Eating Chicken Tenders recipe which I personally think is even better than whatever you’d get in the frozen section or from a restaurant!
You only need 7 ingredients to make these Clean Eating Chicken Tenders, and unlike most ones that you’ll find in restaurants – they’re baked, not fried. I promise you won’t even know the difference though. The coconut flakes make these super crunchy, but also give them a slightly grown up feel. (Even though I still eat them with my hands and dunk them in copious amounts of condiments…whatever.)
Whenever I’m feeling lazy, these healthy chicken tenders are my go to meal. I typically will bread the chicken before going to the gym, and Ty puts them in the oven when he gets home from work. Super quick, super easy, and we both love them! I always pair these healthy chicken tenders alongside my Healthy Baked French Fries and usually dip them in mustard. This one is one of my favorites, but I’ve also been loving this Organic Honey Dijon that is made locally in CT.
This is an older recipe, but I wanted to update the photos to show how delicious they really are. I’ve had countless people message me and say that their whole family loved these clean eating chicken tenders – including the pickiest of eaters! There is a reason why they’re my favorite recipe on the site. Once you try them, you’ll know why!
Do you have a food that you loved as a kid? Chicken tenders definitely top the list for me.. I’m so glad I now have a healthier option to satisfy my cravings!
Clean Eating Chicken Tenders
This Clean Eating Chicken Tenders Recipe is the perfect guilt free, healthy dinner! Made with only 7 ingredients, paleo, whole 30, and gluten free- they'll become a staple in your home!
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cleaned, pounded slightly + cut into strips OR chicken tenders
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp milk of choice
Preheat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Clean and pound 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts + cut into 'tender' strips.
In a small bowl mix together shredded coconut, coconut flour, almond meal and pepper
In a separate bowl mix beat one egg and milk
Dip the chicken into egg mixture, and then dip into breading until all chicken is coated.
Place the chicken tenders on lined baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes until outside of chicken is crunchy. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 274, Fat: 15g, Carbs: 8g, Protein: 28g