This almond flour chicken tenders air fryer recipe is easy, earthy, and with just a hint of sweetness. Fantastic for a quick weeknight meal.
Almond flour chicken tenders air fryer are entirely gluten-free and downright delicious. The almond flour coating has a slightly nutty flavor which adds depth and goes well with the juicy, lightly spiced chicken meat.
You’ll love how crispy the coating is on these almond flour breaded chicken tenders; just as satisfying as a flour coating but keto-friendly! Almond flour is also a good protein source, making these chicken tenders filling and satisfying.
Chicken tenders made with almond flour are incredibly quick and easy to prepare. You’ll make this simple seasoning mix from common store cupboard ingredients, and the whole thing takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
Ingredients you’ll need to make almond flour chicken
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Almond flour: Almond flour has a higher fat content than other gluten-free flour, which gives it a better consistency and makes it a good choice for people following the keto diet. You can buy almond flour in grocery stores or make your own by blending blanched almonds into a fine powder.
Garlic powder: A key ingredient in these healthy chicken tenders! You can use minced fresh garlic if you don’t have garlic powder.
Onion powder: Slightly sweet and a little tangy, onion powder pairs wonderfully with garlic and paprika. If you don’t have onion powder, use grated raw onion instead.
Paprika: Paprika adds a smoky depth to the chicken. If you like your food with a bit of spice, try cayenne pepper instead, as it has a similar flavor profile to paprika, only with added heat!
Herb of Provence: Aromatic and savory, herb of Provence usually contains thyme, basil, rosemary, tarragon, marjoram, oregano, and bay leaf. If you can’t find the ready-made blend, you can make your own.
Egg: The egg sticks the almond flour coating to the chicken, ensuring a wonderfully crispy finish.
How to make almond flour chicken tenders in air fryer?
First: Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 5 minutes. Pat dry chicken tenders with pepper towels.
Next: Combine the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, herb of Provence, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Put the egg in a different shallow dish.
Then: Dip the chicken tenders in egg; shake excess. Dredge the chicken tenderloin in almond flour mixture until evenly coated. Working in batches, gently arrange the chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spritz with cooking oil.
Air fry to 380ºF for 6 minutes on each side or until an internal temperature reaches 165ºF in the thickest part.
Finally: Place the air-fried chicken tenders on a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining tenders. Once the chicken tenders are done, cook them together for 1 or 2 minutes to warm up the first batch. Serve hot, and Enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.
Reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes on each side at 350ºF.
How long to cook chicken tenders with almond flour in the air fryer
Air fryer chicken tenders with almond flour take about 12 minutes at 380°F. As each air fryer model will have slightly different cooking speeds, it’s essential to use a meat thermometer to check for a safe internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
What to serve with almond flour fried chicken?
- Air fryer whole sweet potato
- Easy air fryer asparagus
- Healthy air fryer eggplant parmesan (no breading)
How to store almond flour breaded chicken?
The great thing about making almond flour chicken tenders in air fryer is that you can prepare them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners!
Once you have coated the chicken tenders in the egg and almond flour mixture, you can store them safely in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.
If you have leftover chicken tenders, you can store them in the fridge for 3-4 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months. Always seal your leftovers in an airtight container and move them to the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours of cooking to avoid bacterial growth.
To freeze leftover chicken tenders, lay them out on a baking sheet and freeze them for 6 hours before transferring them to a container or zip-top bag. Freezing them first prevents them from sticking together and means you can defrost them individually rather than having to eat them all at once.
How to reheat almond flour breaded chicken tenders?
For best results, reheat chicken tenders with almond flour in air fryer:
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
- Lay the chicken out in a single layer in the basket, ensuring room for the air to flow between them.
- Heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, and flip them halfway through the cooking time.
- If you are heating from frozen, increase the time to around 12 minutes.
To reheat chicken tenders in the oven, heat the oven to 400°F and cook them on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes (turning once halfway through). You will need to defrost frozen tenders before heating them in the oven.
To reheat chicken tenders on the stovetop, heat them in a skillet over medium heat with a bit of oil for 1-2 minutes. Ensure you keep them moving to avoid burning. You will need to defrost frozen tenders before heating them in the oven.
When reheating chicken, always use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat to check for a safe internal temperature of 165°F before serving.
Absolutely. Chicken tenders with almond flour are just as crispy as those made with regular flour, but they’re also low-carb and suitable for the keto diet. The almond flour also adds a slightly nutty, sweet flavor, complementing the chicken wonderfully.
Yes, and because you’re using the air fryer, the outside will still go nice and crisp! These air fryer chicken tenders are golden brown and delicious.
Is almond flour chicken healthy?
Almond flour is highly nutritious, providing protein, Vitamin E, fiber, and manganese. Plus, it’s a good source of LDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Combined with chicken, an excellent protein source, you get a flavor-packed meal that will keep you full and satisfied.
- 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders
- 1 cup almond flour, blanched
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons herb of Provence
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 5 minutes—Pat dry chicken tenders with pepper towels.
- Combine the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, herb of Provence, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Put the egg in a different shallow dish.
- Dip the chicken tenders in egg; shake excess. Dredge the chicken tenderloin in almond flour mixture until evenly coated.
- Working in batches, gently arrange the chicken tenders in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spritz with cooking oil. Air fry to 380ºF for 6 minutes on each side or until an internal temperature reaches 165ºF in the thickest part and the breading is golden brown. Serve hot, and Enjoy!
- Keep in mind that the almond flour breading won’t make the chicken super crispy.
- If making more than one batch, place the air-fried chicken tenders on a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining tenders. Once the chicken tenders are done, cook them together for 1 or 2 minutes to warm up the first batch.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.
- Reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes on each side at 350ºF.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 707Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 40g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.