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Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

Shake n' Bake --- & I helped!

As I kid, I absolutely LOVED when mom would announce that the infamous "Shake n' Bake" was on the menu. As we were growing up in the kitchen, mom would often assign us "sous chef" duties. For this meal, my responsibility was to vigourously shake all of those "mystery" seasonings into the chicken thighs & drumsticks. My favourite was cajun....!

Well folks... this was the 90's.... ! Now in there is a lot more awareness around pre-made dinners preservatives/additives. We now know how many artificial flavours, preservative and random ingredients can sneak their way into packaged meals!

So I figured I'd try to recreate this delicious classic!

Here's a simple paleo & whole30 approved rendition of a classic recipe that has become a staple dinner option in our home! It's quick & easy to prepare and never disappoints! Best yet, we can prep it many ways - chicken thighs, (bone in or out), breast, or our favourite, chicken fingers!


Portion: 4-6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45-60

Total time 1hour 10 minutes

8-10 Skinless Chicken Thighs (Bone in or out)

2 tablespoons of Oil (Avocado Oil or Olive Oil)

Salt & Pepper

For the shake:

1 cup of almond flour (almond meal works too)

1 tbsp of chili powder

1 tsp of onion powder

1 tsp of garlic powder

1 tsp of sea salt

1 tsp of cracked pepper

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp of paprika

1/2 tsp of cayenne (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 375C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  1. In a medium glass bow, coat your thawed chicken in oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour along with the mixture of spices and stir thoroughly.

  3. Place each thigh individually into the bowl with the spices and fully coat the thigh.

  4. Place the thighs on the cookie sheet so that they are not touch each other and place in the oven.

Like I said, this meal is seriously easy to create and absolutely delicious! Try out the recipe for yourself and comment below on how it turns outT. I'd love to hear from you !


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