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Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders Recipe

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 — 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. <– 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 — 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 — 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

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders


Inspired by the Baked Organic Chicken Tenders at Hu Kitchen.

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders Recipe


  1. 1 pound organic boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup almond meal
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (or 1/4 cup more almond meal)
  5. 1 teaspoon paprika
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Place almond meal, coconut, paprika, cayenne, garlic, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Crack egg into another shallow bowl and whisk.
  4. One by one, dredge each chicken tender in the egg bowl, wiping off any excess and then dip each into the almond meal mixture. Roll until each tender is covered completely. Place the coated tenders on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or a wire rack that fits on a baking sheet. The wire rack will make for a crispier texture. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the tenders once at the 10-minute mark. When done, the chicken tenders will be golden brown and completely cooked through. Remove tenders from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.


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