Grain Free Chicken Tenders

There are a lot of diets out there.  Many of them have been around for decades or even centuries.  Some are fads and quickly fade.  Not all “diets” are bad, and there are specific reasons for adhering to certain rules that can be beneficial.  The keto diet has a lot of acclaim and success stories in diabetes and seizure disorders.  The autoimmune paleo protocol is great for people who are either battling an autoimmune disease, or majorly healing their gut.  A diet filled with a lot of raw vegetables is beneficial for someone with gall bladder issues, but for someone with IBS, they are better served with steamed or cooked veggies.

 

I believe in the power of food and I believe many diets can be extremely helpful and healing.  The main takeaway in diets or lifestyles or ways of eating, whatever you want to call it, is that one size doesn’t fit all.  What works for your friend may not be ideal for you.  Something that makes one person thrive, might make another person sick or deficient.  The best thing you can do is first: focus on eating real food AKA skipping processed junk and weird additives or chemically derived food substances.  The second thing is to experiment, research, and see for yourself what makes you thrive on an individual basis.  This can take time, error, and sometimes frustration.  Ultimately, you can figure out what works best for you.  This also can change based on the season of life.  If you are in tune with your body, its needs and reactions, you can adjust accordingly as you go along in life.  The goal is to feel your best, to achieve optimum health, and to not deal with uncomfortable symptoms or disease.

 

It has taken me years to figure out what works best for me, and I still make minor adjustments sometimes.  Different stages of life call for different things.  I feel my best when I avoid things such as processed foods and low quality oils.  A few things that make me thrive are plenty of vegetables, avocados, high quality pasture raised meats, and sauerkraut to name a few.  I plan to go more in depth about what eating real food and avoiding restrictive thinking soon.  But for today, I would love to share my recently delightful grain free chicken tenders.

 

I am a [busy] mom of two little kids with a working husband who is in school full time.  I understand the need for convenience when it comes to mealtime.  But I have realized that freezer foods don’t always save time, and they often skimp on some quality and nutrition.  Most of us love the idea and the taste of chicken fingers.  I finally found a brand I felt good about serving, but buying several boxes of organic gluten free chicken fingers that only contain about 6 pieces of chicken in each for $8 or whatever wasn’t cost effective, was taking up a lot of room in my freezer, and adding more boxes to my recycling pile.  I discovered that making my own chicken tenders was really easy and super delicious.  These are kid, husband, and friend approved!

 

I think it’s fun to use different kinds of flours.  There are so many options for grain free and gluten free flours besides just buying an all purpose for everything.  All purpose is great for some recipes, and there are different reasons to use all the many flours that are available.  This recipe uses cassava flour and hazelnut flour.

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Grain Free Chicken Tenders
grain free, paleo chicken tenders
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20-22 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20-22 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or unbleached parchment paper. Set aside
  2. Pour cassava flour into a medium bowl. Crack eggs into a similar bowl and whisk. In a third bowl, pour hazelnut flour, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes, basil, and sesame seeds and stir.
  3. Taking one chicken tender at a time, dip into cassava flour to coat on all sides, then into the egg mixture, tapping the sides of the bowl to leave a thin layer, then dip into the hazelnut flour mixture until evenly covered. Place on baking sheet. Repeat this step with all chicken tenders.
  4. Lightly spray tenders with avocado oil.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, flip over and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. You can check a tender by cutting open and making sure there isn't any pink in the meat. OPTIONAL: turn the oven to Broil on HI and bake for 1-2 minutes to crisp.
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Welcome! I'm Laura. I'm married to my best friend and musical partner. We are learning how to raise two tiny humans together. I became interested in holistic living in college and further when I worked at Whole Foods Market in the Whole Body department. I learned so much about eating a healthy, well-balanced, diet as well as good about nutritional supplements, herbs, and holistic body care. love food and I believe that healthy food should still be delicious. I graduated from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition with Honors in 2016. I am a natural birth instructor via The Bradley Method and I love teaching couples about natural birth and preparing for such a pivotal and important time in their lives.



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