Thursday, February 7, 2013

Grain-Free Chicken Tenders

So here we are trucking along with the grain-free lifestyle in hopes to relieve some auto-immune issues, allergies, joint pain, and to overall improve out digestion and immune system.  Then comes the Super Bowl.  I must admit, literally, parts of my heart were crying out for 7 layer dip and organic Blue tortilla chips.  But we just got this thing underway and healing could take 6 months-2 years, so how am I going to fall off the wagon right now when I just started.  On the other hand, "football food" is our tradition.  We lay out a picnic blanket and enjoy dippable, scarfable food in front of the TV.

So what am I to do??  In the words of Barney, on How I Met Your Mother (which is my current Netflix addiction) ...CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!  Here's a Grain-free version of Chicken Nuggets/Tenders.  These went over really well with my family.  I also must add, that being covered in nuts and cheese instead of flour, these were crazy-filling!  We had a bunch leftover, which we ate on salads for lunch on Monday.

Grain-Free Chicken Nuggets

I am wishing I could have my Chick-fil-a Knock-off Nuggets, but will have to save that for later.  I am using the same sweet/salty combo, just with honey instead.  Also, instead of pan frying them I will oven bake them.

Chicken (2.5-3.5  lbs) Boneless Skinless breast or tenders, cut into bite size pieces or left as tenders
2 cups Almond Flour (preferably from Activated Almonds)
1 cup of Parmesan Cheese (Any other hard cheese will work too.  I had some Spanish Cheeses on hand and used them, it was still really good.)
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. garlic powder and black pepper
2 tsp. of Real Salt or sea salt
1 cup (more or less) Tallow, Lard, Palm Shortening, or Butter melted
2 tbsp. honey

Melt Tallow and add in honey, mix well. I did this by putting my tallow in a loaf pan and putting it in the pre-heating oven.

Don't drop your spoon in!!

In another bowl, combine all other ingredients, mix well.  Dice chicken into Bite Size Pieces or Strips.

Dip in Tallow/Honey Mixture and then in Dry Mixture.  (You will have to keep stirring the honey/tallow mixture, because the weight of the honey will cause it to settle.)

Arrange on a Baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.  When they look golden brown and meat is firm, they are done!  This time will vary based on if you cut your pieces up or left them in tenders.

These could easily be made in bulk and frozen or kept in the fridge to munch on throughout the week.  They were good cold and good re-heated.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce 
If you mix 2 parts Mustard to 1 part honey you can make a  simple honey mustard sauce.  If you want a creamy honey mustard (like Ken's Steakhouse Brand, which by the way is full of HFCS and soybean oil), you could add in 1 part mayo.  This is a great reason to try your hand at making homemade mayo.  After you mix all of the ingredients together, taste it and change it to fit your taste buds.  More honey?  More mayo?  Your call.  But it really is so easy to make, no reason to buy it!

Verdict:  This was super yum!  No one asked for chips.  I served it with a veggie tray and some Avocado Ranch Dip, that I need to tweak a little before posting.  I would say overall, it was a win!

Love and Butter,


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  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing this. My husband is just starting the GAPS diet(is that what you are doing too?), and I am always looking for good recipes that can replace some of our old favorites!

    1. We are doing the GAPS diet! It is mostly for my husband, but we are all on board for this. We've been 2 weeks on full gaps, and we only cheated once, and my hubs had an immediate reaction. I guess that was just the Lord's way of confirming this is the path we need to walk right now.
      These Chicken Tenders were a really nice treat. They would also be amazing dipped or covered in no-sugar pasta sauce.
      My recipes should be mostly grain-free for a while. but it is a new thing for us, so you will find other recipes on my blog as well.
      Thanks for reading.

  2. These look really good! We don't need to eat gluten or grain free but because of high sugar levels and weight control we do try to vary our diet incredibly thanks so much for sharing your recipe it looks wonderful!

  3. My children will thank you! They have been missing grains. Pinning and sharing with my facebook readers. Thank you for sharing it on the Wellness Wednesdays link-up!

  4. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

    1. Thank you for featuring them Lea! And for hosting Make Your Own, I just linked up for this week

  5. These look great. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday :)

  6. Thanks for posting this. A friend of ours has a very similar recipe and her kids love it! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

  7. My daughter is on SCD, so this is a great recipe to try for her, thanks!