Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

I love all things macadamia nut. I love them roasted and salted, dipped in chocolate, made into nut butter, or used as a crispy crust for for fish or chicken. These Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders are a great example of the latter.
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We Recently Took a Trip to Hawaii…

And by “we” I mean 70 of us. No lie. My sweet mother in law wanted a huge family trip for her upcoming 83rd birthday celebration, and literally EVERYONE showed. Her children, grand children and great grand children all flew to Maui to celebrate her, and we happen to have photographic proof!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

 Not Only Did We All Show Up…

…but we got out of bed at 6am for family photos on the beach…no make up, and plenty of bed head. That’s how much we love this woman!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Maui, The Inspiration For This Recipe!

After returning home to Southern California with lots of macadamia nuts, I needed to come up with creative ways to use them. Which is how I came up with these tasty, crispy, chicken tenders.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Dip Them, Put Them On a Salad, or Dress Them Up!

You probably don’t need suggestions on what to do with these delicious bites of chicken, but I will still give them to you anyway.. I have no problem offering unsolicited advice. I love to dip these nuggets in my homemade ranch dressing…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…or serve them on top of my Chopped Chicken Salad (just leave the rotisserie chicken out of the salad recipe..obviously)…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…and sometimes I love to add sweet Butternut Squash ‘Fries’ on the side.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto Compliant!

And because I dip the chicken tenders in egg, and then dredge in macadamia nuts and almond flour, these nuggets are perfect for anyone on Paleo, Whole 30 or Keto eating plans!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Tips and what you need: a food processor or blender, almond meal, and a good pan.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)




Yield 4 servings

Quick, easy, crispy and delicious! The best chicken tender recipe ever…bold claim, I know.


1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (if you can’t find tenders, slice boneless, skinless breasts 1/2″ thick)

1 1 /4 cups roasted salted macadamia nuts, processed into meal

1 cup almond flour (I use fine almond flour)

2 eggs, whisked

sea salt


onion powder

garlic powder

2-4 tablespoons olive oil


Sprinkle both sides chicken tenders with desired amount of sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, set aside

In a food processor or blender, process nuts until they resemble large bread crumbs (don’t over process or you will have nut butter)

Pour processed macadamia nuts into a shallow bowl, add almond flour and use a fork to mix well

Crack eggs into another shallow bowl, whisk with 1 tablespoon water

Now, dip each tender into into eggs, then dredge in nut mixture until well coated, set aside

When all chicken is coated, heat a large pan (preferably cast iron or a stainless steel skillet) on high heat for two minutes

Add enough olive oil to pan so bottom is nicely coated

When oil is hot but not smoking, add chicken tenders (working in batches if needed) and cook 5-6 minutes a side, lowering heat when necessary. Chicken should be golden brown, crispy and cooked through when removed from heat. If you are working in batches, carefully use a paper towel to clean pan and add more olive oil to pan between batches. Serve!

Courses Main course

Cuisine American



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