Keto-Paleo-Whole30 Easy Chicken Tenders | The Organic Kitchen Blog and Tutorials

Welp, it happened. My doctor told me to go low carb/keto. She’s hoping having steady blood sugar will help my chronic insomnia as well as manage inflammation. Oddly, the transition was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would. I usually eat 80/20 Paleo anyway, so cutting out a few carbohydrates was no big deal thanks to recipes like this one: Keto-Paleo-Whole30 Easy Chicken Tenders!
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The Tenders:

“Tenders” are a small piece of meat attached to the under side of the chicken breast. Most super markets carry them already packaged as tenders, but you prefer to you can always remove the tenders from the underside of chicken breasts as you use them, freezing them until you have enough to make a batch of these beauties!

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How I keep Them Low Carb/Keto:

Instead of using bread crumbs or flour for this recipe, I keep it Paleo, keto/low carb, gluten free and Whole30 by dipping these tenders in an egg wash and then dredging in almond meal tossed with spices! Almond meal gives a nice crispy coating to this recipe, trust me, you’ll never miss the bread crumbs. Then I cook in olive oil until crispy and golden. Super easy, and very quick, less than 15 minutes start to finish!

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What to Dip Them In:

You can serve these tenders as is, or dip in my homemade Paleo/Keto/Whole30 ranch dressing. If you prefer not to make homemade, buy Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing Variety Pack<—here’s a link!

What you need: almond meal and a good non stick frying pan.

Quick and easy chicken tenders that are Paleo, Low Crab, Gluten Free and Whole30 Friendly!


Main Course




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Servings: 4 servings

  • 1
    chicken tenders
  • 2
    eggs (whisked)
  • 1
    almond meal
  • 1 1/2
    onion powder
  • 1 1/2
    garlic powder
  • 1/8-1/4
    cayenne pepper (depending on how much of a kick you like)
  • 1 1/2
    sea salt
  • 1/2
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3
    extra virgin olive oil

  1. Pat chicken tenders with a paper towel, set aside

  2. Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl, set aside

  3. Using a fork toss almond meal and spices together until well blended

  4. Dip each chicken tender in egg, then dredge in almond meal being sure to coat evenly. Set on a plate

  5. Heat a large frying pan on medium high heat for one minute. Add olive oil and wait until hot but not smoking then carefully add chicken breasts (you may have to work in batches)

  6. Cook each side until golden (usually 3-5 minutes a side), check to make sure the chicken is cooked through before removing from pan. If you need to work in batches, wipe pan clean with a paper towel, add more olive oil and repeat with remaining breasts

  7. Season with more sea salt and pepper if desired and serve with my homemade ranch or your favorite dipping sauce!


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