Breaded Almond Chicken: No More Boring Chicken

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Sneak Preview: This recipe for Breaded Almond Chicken is breaded with sliced almonds and bread crumbs.  A quick trip through the oven adds crunchiness and color. 

Sliced Easy Breaded Almond Chicken tenders on a plate with silverware

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Do you occasionally crave fried chicken as I do? The crunch of lightly-fried almonds and bread crumbs combined with tender bites of chicken always satisfies my naughty yearnings.

These oven-baked breaded almond chicken tenders are fancy enough for company. On the other hand, if you don’t count the salt and pepper, there are only five ingredients making this recipe uncomplicated and easy.

If you like breaded chicken tenders, be sure to check out my recipe for Pan-Fried Breaded Chicken Tenders with Rosemary and Parmesan

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Recipe inspiration:

The directions for this almond boneless chicken came from my friend Scooter of Scooter’s Spaghetti fame (a popular recipe on this blog).  Years ago, she showed up at my house with this special treat after I had been in the hospital for a few days.

I’ve never forgotten her visit. That memory only reinforces my theory that sharing recipes can be an enduring gift.

Ingredients and common substitutions:

  • CHICKEN: Skinless and boneless chicken tenders are best for this recipe. They are easier to handle than a full tenderloin. Be careful not to overcook them.
  • FLOUR: Substitute whole wheat or bleached all-purpose flour for unbleached flour. If you want to go low-carb (often for me), you can leave out this first step in the breading process, but the bread crumbs will not adhere to the chicken tenders quite as well.
  • ALMONDS: Use blanched and slivered almonds or sliced almonds (with the brown skin barely visible on the edges. Leave them out for people who have allergies or don’t like almonds.
  • BREAD CRUMBS: My first choice would be soft bread crumbs you make yourself with a loaf of bread (in a food processor or blender). You can also use Panko crumbs.

    Substitute almond flour for the breadcrumbs if you are feeding a low carb, gluten-free, or Keto eater.

How to make Breaded Almond Chicken:

Flatten chicken filets

Place chicken pieces between wax paper or inside a plastic bag and pound with a mallet or your fist.

Preparing to bread chicken tenderloins

Beat two eggs and place them into a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and sliced almonds and place them onto a flat plate or wax paper.

dipping chicken in eggs

Dip chicken tenderloin fillets into the egg mixture.

coating tenderloins with almond and bread crumb mixture

Coat chicken pieces with almond and bread-crumb (or almond meal) mixture.

Crispy Almond Chicken Tenderloins with Keto Option

Fry in a non-stick skillet for 2-3 minutes per side until the chicken is crispy and browned. Almonds burn easily, so watch the chicken carefully in this step.

preparing to put browned chicken tenderloins into the oven to finish

Place crispy chicken strips onto a baking sheet, pan, or a baking dish and place them into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Don’t crowd pieces. Chicken is done when pieces are golden brown and cooked through.

Crunchy Breaded Almond Chicken

FAQ about Almond Chicken:

How do I make the coating stick to the chicken?

1. Dredge with seasoned flour.
2. Dip in eggs
3. Coat each side of the tenders with the crumb and almond mixture.
4. Handle the tenders with care to avoid knocking off the almonds.

How can I tell when these tenders are done and ready to eat?

The internal temperature should reach 165˚F. Check with a quick-read thermometer if you’re not sure. Remember that the temperature will continue to rise for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven.

What can I serve with chicken tenders?

Serve these easy chicken tenders with rice or small roasted potatoes, a green vegetable like broccoli or green beans, and our favorite homemade rolls.

I hope you will try this memorable chicken recipe the next time you want to share dinner with a friend–either at your house or take it to their house.

If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately to Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! Paula


Crispy Almond Chicken Tenderloins

Breaded Almond Chicken Recipe

Transform simple chicken tenders into company fare when breaded with almonds and bread crumbs, sautéed, and baked.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Chicken
Servings 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless,skinless, chicken breasts - cut into serving size filets
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil - or a mild vegetable oil
  • cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs - large size
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • With a mallet, pound chicken between plastic wrap or wax paper to make uniformly thin. I like to use a zippered gallon-size plastic bag to avoid any projectile pieces of chicken.
  • Set up a dipping operation. Start by putting the flour, salt, and pepper into a shallow container.
  • Mix eggs well with a fork and put them into another shallow container. Combine breadcrumbs and almonds in a third shallow container.
  • Dredge each chicken tender in the flour mixture first, then the eggs. Finally, roll in the bread crumb/almond mixture.
  • Sauté in a frying pan with 1-2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil. Brown briefly for about 2-3 minutes per side. Do not crowd the pan for the best results. Better to do two batches, using remaining oil for the second batch.
  • Place browned tenders into a greased baking dish large enough for all fillets to fit in one layer.
  • Bake at 375˚F for 15 minutes until baked through. (165˚ internal temperature).

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Breaded Almond Chicken Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
497
Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
79
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
506
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keywords: almond chicken, chicken recipes, chicken tenderloins, easy dinner recipes
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12 Comments

  1. COZY KITCHEN BY THE SEA says:

    OOOOOOO HOW COOL. I ADORE VINCE GILL !

  2. this looks yummy, as do all of your things. Kudos to you for doing a posting while out of town!

  3. Fresh Local and Best says:

    This is a great recipe, and I agree fancy and easy! I’m filing it away for the next time we have chicken, which will be soon!

  4. Kitchen Butterfly says:

    I love almond covered chicken. Usually, I flour and roll chicken strips in a mixture of ground almonds and dessicated coconut and the serve them on a bed of greens!

  5. That is a great way to enjoy chicken. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I think this would go great with your pumpkin biscuits. Talk about southern cooking. Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite recipes and for making me sound like a great cook. 🙂

  7. Ann Hastings says:

    I am going to have to make this soon, looks yummy!