Healthy Homemade Chicken Fingers

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Can you believe toddlers need to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday? I remember in my single days eating cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and cereal for dinner. Throw in some chocolate and random candy pieces and there you have it. And don’t judge… I know you all did it, too.

But times have changed and Finn legitimately needs 3 meals and a few snacks each day and (thankfully) my body can’t survive on junk any longer. Being the wife of a traveling man, this can get pretty boring. You thought cooking for 1 was rough? Try cooking for 1.5? Just as awful… and with guilt that it must be nutritious and delicious. Augh! There are only so many days and nights our taste buds can enjoy spaghetti, sloppy joe’s, pancakes, turkey roll-ups or “super butter” (almond butter) and jelly.

Remember, I have a dairy-free and egg-free child, so the classic meals like crackers/cheese/fruit, enchiladas or scrambled eggs don’t fly in our house. (Note: Finn doesn’t react to food with egg cooked into it, but does to straight egg.) My friend recently posted about a fantastic chicken finger recipe she made. With a toddler in the house, I was instantly hounding her for the mix-up.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 lb chicken tenders (or skinless chicken breast, cut into strips)

1 beaten egg, ½ cup almond meal *, ½ tsp salt, ¾ tsp paprika, and  ¼ tsp cumin

Combine almond meal and spices in a shallow container. Beat egg in a separate shallow container.

Dry chicken with paper towel. Dip chicken pieces in egg and then dip in almond meal mixture, coating all sides. Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Bake at 425 for 16-18 minutes, turning once in the middle of baking, until completely cooked (interior temperature should read 180F).

* Note: Almond meal can be expensive but it’s a great health food to have on hand. We use almond meal quite a bit, but do not use this if you have a tree nut allergy. You can make your own almond meal by putting blanched almonds in a food processor and grinding them down. Or, if you choose, you can try white whole wheat flour.

Because we were short on time, we picked up some sweet corn and boiled these up for our vegetable. Toddler-friendly meal, one happy little man and a satisfied momma. Success.

Good thing we had back-up ketchup, too. Finn’s a big ketchup fan. You regularly hear us telling Finn, “buddy, you need to eat your chicken with your ketchup, not just spoonfuls of ketchup.” Turns out, most toddlers do this. Just gross!

Chicken Fingers

by My Wise Mom

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: dinner lunch dairy-free soy-free gluten-free almond flour chicken

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders (or skinless chicken breast, cut into strips)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large baking sheet with wax/parchment paper.

Combine almond meal and spices in a shallow container. Beat egg in a separate shallow container.

Dry chicken with paper towel. Dip chicken pieces in egg and then dip in almond meal mixture, coating all sides. Place on baking sheet.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, turning once in the middle of baking, until completely cooked (interior temperature should read 180F).

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What are your healthiest go-to foods for kids? 

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Comments

    • MyWiseMom says

      It’s super easy and yummy! And, there’s not grain or gluten in this recipe unless you choose to use flour instead of almonds. Only been to WF here twice. It’s still too insane to make it my regular stop. My stash of items (flour, ketchup, etc) is what I pick up when I am in Omaha! Great post idea, though. I’ll do a “what staples I buy there” sometime soon :)

      • says

        I’m still looking for good, local eggs. I’ll have to check at the farmer’s market next time I go. The ones I was getting from Dahl’s were local but vegetarian fed (as I see yours are as well). Chickens are omnivores, so that’s not natural…darn.

        After Tyler’s class, I am looking more into paleo and the Whole 30: http://whole9life.com.

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