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This is the facial expression I was hoping for! The reward for my kids was to give them something I know they love in return for trying all my wacky Paleo concoctions whether they want to or not. Even I will eat these and they gave them a big thumb up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb or so of chicken tenders (pastured or free range preferred)
  • 4 eggs whisked (pastured or free range preferred)
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour (or 1/2 cup almond flour and 1/2 shredded coconut. I did both as an experiment and both were yummy)
  • seasoning of choice for almond flour only I used old bay seasoning, salt and pepper. For the coconut blend I just used salt and pepper
  • Coconut oil and lots of it.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and melt several TBS of coconut oil until the entire pan is covered and you have about 1/4  inch deep of hot oil in the pan.

Whisk your eggs in a bowl big enough to dip the tenders into. In 2 other shallow dishes with sides (I used pie pans) I put the coconut flour in one and the almond flour (or almond flour/shredded coconut) in the other. Season both with what you like. I used Old Bay (a kid favorite). But you can use whatever you have on hand. Maybe garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Or maybe some chipotle powder and cumin for some spice. Maybe just simply salt and pepper. Whatever you like.

Once your oil is hot, dip each tender one at a time into the egg, then into the coconut flour, then back in the egg and into the almond flour. Place the covered tender into the hot pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes or so on each side. Repeat with each tender until the pan is full but without the tenders touching. Be careful to not let the them burn. They will be delicate when they are hot since there is no Gluten binding the breading. I did this process using one set of tongs for the raw chicken and another set for the cooked chicken just to be safe. As the tenders were done and browned I put them on paper bags to drain. You can use paper towels, I was just out of them. Repeat until all tenders are cooked.  

 

I served them with sweet potato fries and broccolini. I can not tell you how much the kids appreciated all the effort! They understand at this point that this is a Paleo compromise and loved them for what they were and appreciated the different yet still similar texture to SAD chicken tenders. It made a big mess and took about an hour for the whole dinner including the Sweet potato fries but it was well worth it to see those smiling faces! Thank you CaveGirl Cuisine for the inspiration!

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