Gluten-Free At-Home Chicken Fingers

by: ALEKSIJA VUJICIC

Why is it that all the unhealthy foods taste amazing, while the healthy foods taste bland? If the world didn’t want me to eat chicken fingers, why would it make them so tasty?! Well, I’ve got news for you. Not only can healthy food taste even better than the junk (yep, I said it), but we have a way to make chicken fingers healthy, while maintaining that incredible flavor and crunch. You can make these bad boys at home in no time, making them the perfect meal after school, and easy to throw in a container and bring to school for lunch. Your friends will be jealous. This recipe was created by Lauren, our resident expert on all healthy foods, who you can follow at @laus_healthy_life on Instagram. Her feed will correct any misconceptions you might have had about health foods, trust me.

Keep reading below to check out this super simple recipe, and be prepared for these chicken fingers to change your life.

Gluten-Free, Paleo Chicken Tenders:

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of hot sauce (Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce is an easy choice!)
  • ½ cup Almond Flour (Try Bob’s Red Mill Superfine Almond Flour)
  • ½ teaspoon each of salt & pepper
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon each of onion powder and paprika

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Carefully slice the chicken breasts into thin sections (however big you want your chicken finger to be!)
  3. Mix the egg with a dash of your hot sauce of choice in a small bowl
  4. Using a kitchen brush, coat the chicken slices in the egg mixture
  5. In another bowl, mix the almond flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika (if you choose to include them!)
  6. Coat the chicken slices in the dry almond flour mixture
  7. Place the chicken slices on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken! Larger slices require more time than smaller ones
  8. Remove from oven once fully cooked, and enjoy!

Lauren recommends pairing these chicken tenders with sweet potato fries, and serving them with your favourite dipping sauces. You could also add them to a healthy Caesar salad! The almond flour makes the tenders super filling, while adding fiber and healthy fats to your diet. Bonus!

Try these out at home, but make sure to ask your mom if you need her help purchasing some ingredients from the grocery store, or handling the knife and oven.

What other treats or junk food would you like us to “health-ify”? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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