Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Tenders


Chicken fingers are a big hit in this house. I have made many different versions that we love dearly. If you are grain free, but can eat dairy, these nuggets with almond flour, butter and parmesean cheese are amazeballs. If you love Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but don’t support that business or want put that junk in your body, try this grain free copycat recipe.

I love this recipe because the chicken fingers are so versatile. I can grab them for lunch when I am heading out the door, or make a nice salad and eat them on top or roast a couple veggie sides and call it a proper meal.

This recipe is grain-free and dairy-free, but still full of flavor. Hope you like them as much as my family does!

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Chicken Tenders


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted


  1. Prep chicken if not pre-cut.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Mix almond flour and spices into one bowl.
  4. Melt coconut oil in another bowl.
  5. Dip the chicken strip into coconut oil and then into the almond flour mixture and place on baking pan.
  6. Dip and cover all chicken and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and light brown.
  7. Let cool and place in freezer bags, stacking like bricks to save space.
  8. Enjoy!

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  • Melissa
    July 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I love the recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free chicken tenders…. so many things are one but not the other. My question is how could I make it nutritious and not contain nuts or nut flour? My son can’t do almonds or any tree nuts.
    Any ideas would be great! Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      July 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Just swap out the almond flour for coconut flour or arrowroot flour. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stacey
    August 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Can you please post the reheating instructions? I’m new to this freezer cooking gig and want to give these a try before baby number two gets here! Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      August 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Just heat them in the oven, toaster oven or microwave for a few minutes until warm. Just like reheating anything else. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lois
    July 29, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Hi – I made these for my daughter-in-law a couple of months ago and we tried to find the recipe today, but the link is no longer working. This recipe is similar, but the first recipe had Parmesan cheese. Would you please send me the original recipe! Thank you.