Almond crusted chicken tenders are ketogenic and wonderful either for dinner or lunch. You can easily meal prep them, pack them up for work, or have them with a low carb salad.
Do you hate that dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” I do too!
And it’s even harder when you’re following a ketogenic diet, and your partner and/or kids aren’t.
More often than not, you end up making two different dinners; one for you and one for them.
And the last thing you want to do when you come home from a long day at work is spend another hour or more, slaving in the kitchen.
Chicken Tenders Are the Answer
One food that is loved by both kids and adults are chicken tenders. But your typical chicken tenders are drenched in flour and breadcrumbs, so they’re totally off-limits.
In fact, just one chicken tender at your local fast-food restaurant contains about 5 grams of net carbs. And who eats only one chicken tender?
So, the solution? Make my keto crusted chicken tenders.
They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And they are spicy and nicely seasoned with a variety of herbs.
Also, they are healthier for you than your fast-food chicken tenders. That’s because they are baked and not deep-fried.
They also contain only 22 grams of net carbs. So, they have about 80% less net carbs than regular chicken tenders.
They also have a decent amount of fat, as well as much more protein than regular chicken tenders. So, after eating them, you feel full and less likely to reach for high carb desserts after dinner.
And since they are packed with protein, they are great for growing kids. You could even have them as your post-workout snack. Your fellow gym-goers will be so jealous.
Since they are low in calories, you can have a couple too, and not feel guilty.
But, the best part is that it doesn’t take much time to make them. In under 40 minutes, you can have a delicious, healthy keto meal that your whole family will love.
Dipping Sauces for Keto Crusted Chicken Tenders
There are so many dipping sauces that you can use. My personal favorites are sweet chili sauce, mustard, and low carb ketchup.
Make sure that your sweet chili sauce is low carb. Regular sweet chili sauce contains a lot of sugar, which means tons of carbs. Here is the low carb sweet chili sauce that I recommend.
Low Carb Sides to Have with Keto Crusted Chicken Tenders
These keto crusted chicken tenders go well with zucchini fries or cauliflower mash and a nice Garden salad.
Why This Almond Crusted Chicken is Keto?
To keep this almond crusted chicken keto, we use almond flour instead of regular flour or bread crumbs to coat the chicken. This is one of those keto diet hacks you want to use on all dishes!
Regular flour is full of carbs. A 30 gram serving of regular flour contains 22 grams of net carbs. That is more than your net carbs limit for the day!
Almond flour, however, has way fewer net carbs. A 30 gram serving of almond flour contains only 4 grams of net carbs.
In addition, almond flour has way more fat. In fact, almost 20% of it is fat. So, it is perfect for a keto diet.
Almond flour also has more protein than regular flour. Fat and protein are key macronutrients that help keep you full. So, when you eat foods containing almond flour, you are left feeling satiated, not hungry.
In addition to being low carb, almond flour is nutritious. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, which you need for glowing skin.
It is also an excellent source of manganese, which you need for healthy bones. You can stock up on almond flour here.