Gluten-Free and Paleo-Friendly Baked Chicken Tenders

The following post was originally featured on Eating Bird Food and written by Brittany Mullins| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Inspired by Hu Kitchen| these baked Paleo chicken tenders are made with organic chicken| almond meal| shredded coconut and a blend of spices. They’re absolutely delicious and have great nutritional stats ¡ª lots of protein and healthy fat| low carb and very filling!

A couple months ago I was in New York for an event and asked my friend Kris for a few restaurant recommendations. One of her top suggestions was Hu Kitchen so I ended up there for dinner one evening. Rather than a sit-down restaurant| Hu is a quick dine-in or take-out spot. You simply order at the counter| grab your food| pay and then find a spot to enjoy your meal. Their menu is completely gluten-free and features all real food. <C Right up my alley!

That evening I decided to get the Sides Matter with root vegetable mash| roasted cauliflower and roasted sweet potatoes along with a few baked chicken tenders. The chicken tenders were from the prepared food section so they were served cold| but they were still crazy good.

Once home I had a craving for the chicken tenders and since Richmond doesn’t have a Hu Kitchen (yet!) I decided to make my own homemade version.

I knew it wouldn’t be too hard because I’ve made crispy baked chicken tenders before. The only difference is that these chicken tenders are Paleo and grain-free so the crust is made with almond meal instead of rice cereal and an egg instead of Greek yogurt. Easy peasy!

It took me a couple weeks but I finally got around to making them and they turned out to be REALLY good ¡ª crispy| flavorful and just as delicious as I remember them being at Hu.

Isaac and I ate them with honey mustard the first night and then I put the leftover tenders on salad for lunch the next day.

It was absolutely delish!! I already want to make another batch of the tenders (and these sesame roasted carrots) just so I can have this salad again.

One quick note ¡ª the Hu Kitchen chicken tenders don’t have coconut| I just decided to add a little unsweetened shredded coconut to my recipe for added flavor and crunch. If you want to stick with the traditional version or simply don’t like coconut| just use 1/4 cup more almond meal instead of the shredded coconut.

I hope you like these as much as we do. If you happen to try them| please let me know in the comment section or share a photo via social media. Don’t forget to tag me (@eatingbirdfood) so that I see it. You have no idea how excited I get when you make my recipes. <3

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders

From Eating Bird Food

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders


Inspired by the Baked Organic Chicken Tenders at Hu Kitchen.