Sunday, November 9, 2014

Almond Breaded Chicken



Making healthy choices often seems like a difficult feat, but it's often not as difficult as it may seem. Many are wary of choosing healthier options because they feel as if they may have to sacrifice flavor. But fret not! You can very easily and quickly make delicious, healthy meals at home. Grilled chicken breast is not the only way to have your chicken!

This recipe is great for many dietary restrictions. It is a gluten-free option, and gives depth to your plain chicken, while adding healthy fat! Almonds are a great source of protein and antioxidants, as well as a healthy source of fat. Pan-frying gives the breading (even though it isn't bread) a crispy finish, without soaking the chicken in tons of unhealthy oil.


Almond Breaded Chicken (Makes 4 Servings)
4 Chicken Tenderloin
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Oil

1. Season chicken tenders. You will probably have to split the listed amounts between the chicken and the almond flour, so reserve seasoning for the flour.
2. In a shallow bowl, add the egg and whisk so that the white and yolk are equally dispersed.
3. Place the almond flour into a shallow bowl and season. Mix to incorporate seasoning well and eliminate clumps.
4. Dip the chicken into egg to coat, and then coat it with the almond flour. Repeat for all 4 strips.
5. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Prepare an aluminum foil lined pan.
6. In a medium sized pan, heat oil thoroughly on high heat.
7. Once the pan and the oil are hot, add the strips.
8. Allow the chicken to cook for about 30 seconds to a minute on each side, or until they are slightly golden.
9. Then, reduce the heat to low to cook for another minute on each side.
10. Remove the chicken for the pan and finish in the oven for about 5 minutes.
11. Allow the chicken to rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.
12. Slice and serve immediately

This chicken goes well with salads, pasta, sandwiches, pretty much anything. It's got a very simple finish with a versatile flavor. It's a great meal option, snack option, or anytime option! Dip in a sauce, cut it up on a pizza; there's so many creative ways to use it for a healthy, flavorful alternative! Feel free to share how you may have used this recipe in the comments!



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