Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders

Fast food, step aside. When you can make Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders that are this good, there’s no going back. These gluten-free, Whole30 crispy tenders are made with shredded coconut, almond flour, and more!

Prep: 10Cook: 20Total: 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut (very small pieces, if you only have flakes, run them through food processor)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika (I used smoked paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (or more if want more spice)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and pat dry chicken.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg. Set aside for now.
  4. In another small bowl, mix together almond flour, coconut, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne.
  5. Dip a chicken tender in the egg mixture, letting an extra egg drip off, then placing into flour bowl.
  6. Press down on tender to completely cover, flipping and pressing several times to make sure each tender is fully covered.
  7. Line on baking sheet and once finished dredging, sprinkling a little bit more of the flour mixture onto each one.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes and then broil for 2-3 more minutes to get a crispy crust. Dependent on your tender size, this time may range. Internal chicken temperature should be 160F or higher.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley for garnish (optional) and serve immediately.
  10. Store in fridge and heat up via air fryer or oven for crispiness.
Author: ErinCategory: dinner, lunch, gluten freeMethod: bake