gluten free chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, chicken fingers

Gluten Free Chicken Tenders (Paleo/Whole30)

  • Author: Ester Perez
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


These chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, chicken fingers…are absolutely fabulous?  They are crispy, have flavorful tender white meat and are gluten free, dairy free and grain free.  Absolutely delicious!



  • 2 chicken breasts sliced evenly into small 2-3 inch pieces long, 1/2 inch thick
  • 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, tapioca flour, salt, onion granules and paprika. Be sure to remove all lumps from almond flour.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat eggs and add chicken pieces. Coat well.
  3. Add 3-4 pieces of dredged chicken into flour mixture and coat well with breading. Shake off excess breading and place coated chicken on a parchment covered cookie sheet and repeat with remaining pieces.
  4. Pour avocado oil into a medium sized skillet, preferably cast iron. Heat onto a medium-low flame.
  5. When oil is hot, place 4-5 chicken tenders. Do not overcrowd. Heat for about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Place chicken tenders on a paper towel lined plate.
  6. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.
  7. Serve with ketchup or bar-b-Q sauce.
  8. Chicken tenders will store in a ziplock back in the fridge for up to 3 days.