Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

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Our whole family loves chicken strips.  They are great for a weeknight dinner or you can double the recipe and serve to a crowd.  Because they’re baked {not fried} they can be made in advance and kept warm in the oven.  This recipe is amazingly heart-healthy AND delicious!  It’s takes just a few minutes to prepare and pop in the oven.  Loads of seasoning and of course the almonds create that crunchy exterior and fabulous taste we all crave in a chicken strip.  My husband looked at me a little strange when I told him I’d be making heart-healthy chicken strips.  He came into the kitchen just as I was getting ready to put them in the oven and said “Wow!  Those actually look really good!”

Chicken Strips Ready to Bake

Not only do these chicken strips look good – they taste amazing!  The chicken comes out perfectly moist and tender.  The seasonings are spot-on providing tons of flavor that everyone can enjoy.  If you’re not cooking for kids, feel free to add a little spice to the seasoning to kick it up a notch.

Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips Recipe

I picked up everything I needed for this recipe at Save Mart and was happy to see all the signage for “heart-healthy” ingredients.  Chicken tenders contain almost no fat.  Breading the tenders in almonds make this recipe a heart-healthy option that can be enjoyed by the whole family!

Heart Healthy Almond Crusted Chicken Strips

I served these chicken strips with bbq sauce and ranch dip but honestly, they were terrific on their own!

Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips by | Heart-healthy food has never been this delicious! #chicken #dinner #recipe

Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  3. Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout.
  4. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil; process until combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
  6. Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish.
  7. Coat chicken tenders and transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly.
  8. Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray; turn and spray the other side.
  9. Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

Looking for more heart-healthy recipes?  Check out all these delicious recipes from the American Heart Association!  Save Mart is partnering with the American Heart Association to help tackle heart disease in 2013 and they have clearly labeled heart-healthy products in their store to make it easier for all of us to choose heart-healthy items while shopping.  I’m excited to continue serving heart-healthy dishes to my family this year.  It’s so easy to do and when the results are as delicious as these Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips it’s a decision the entire family can appreciate.

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Disclosure: Save Mart provided me with a gift card to develop and share a heart healthy recipe.  All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.


  1. These look fantastic!

  2. Oh my! These sound divine, and are definitely getting pinned!

  3. These sound delicious! And I love that they are baked!

  4. This looks amazing! Yum. and Pinned!! I hope you’ll come share at my New Super Saturday Show & Tell Party today :) You’re awesome and I love your mad cooking skills! xoxo~ Ruthie

  5. Oh my gosh – I am so excited to try this. My kids will LOVE them (and so will everyone else!)

  6. Those look so good! Pinned & we’ll definitely be trying out this recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. These look awesome, Trish!! I am on a super low carb diet…do you think I could use almond or coconut flour in place of the whole-wheat flour? Love that they’re baked, too!!

  8. My family will love this! Good to eat and good for you… Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  9. These look delicious and healthy! My kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. These look really good,

  11. Love homemade chicken fingers!

  12. These are perfect for heart healthy February! I really love that they are baked and the addition of almonds. We would love for you to link them up with our Wednesday Link Party!

  13. I love this idea! I bake in breadcrumbs all the time, but haven’t tried almonds. Must give them a fantastic crunch! Will try :)

  14. Looks great! I’m always looking for better Chicken Nuggets. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!

  15. Oh, I know these would be a hit with everyone in my house. My 5-year old is so picky, but chicken strips are always a winner! We’ll try these for sure!

  16. Those look yummy!

  17. Anyone know if I can use a blender instead of a food processor? I believe I’ve heard before that this can be done but I’m not sure. I’m dying to try this but I don’t have a food processor :( Also, it’s not too flavorful or “spicy” for non-spice-loving, super picky kids, do you think??? Sounds delish to me but you know kids!
    Thanks!!!! Rachael :)

    • You can give it a try but it can make the almonds more of a paste than tiny pieces. Just pulse it and you should be fine. And my kids LOVE this recipe! You can always tone down what you think your kids may not like though :)

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  19. Love this recipe! Looking forward to trying it out :) What is the sauce that you have served on the side with this? Did you make a special sauce for this? Just noticed in the picture and thought I’d ask. Thanks
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  20. I have three similar recipes and use pistachios and cornflakes in the first, second is panko and almonds, and my final is just panko with parmesan cheese. Each has a great flavor, I am going to add this one to my list of chicken strip tenders, I now have four, thank you for a wonderful recipe. Chicken is always a favorite in my household. Homemade dips are great for tenders as well. Do any of you have good dip recipes? I like to use yogurt, honey, mustards, jams, jellies, pina colada flavors, please post dips, I am in need of some new ones. Thank you.

    • All of those sound terrific Jennifer! Sounds like you have a quite a collection of dips already :) My boys really enjoy BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought) and we also like to mix the honey and mustard together. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Love this idea! Trying it soon. Great pictures :)
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  23. These are wonderful. I wonder how the coating would be in fish. Might try that too.

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