Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Asian Dipping Sauce

by Her Happy Balance on January 26, 2015

I have to admit, since my team isn’t playing in the big game this weekend, I don’t much care about the sports aspect of the upcoming festivities. But what I do care about is the food. As usual.

One, two, three, four, food is what I’m fighting for! Gooooo food!  

It’s beyond me why my cheerleading career never took off. In any case, if you’re like me, game day is an excuse to eat delicious food. Hot wings, nachos, cheesy-gooey artichoke dip – sign me up! I’ll have all of that, in moderation of course 😉

But you won’t have to worry about splurging with my contribution to the party. Feel free to go back for seconds and thirds with this easy to make recipe for almond-crusted chicken tenders paired with an Asian dipping sauce. Lean protein – check! Healthy fats – check! Deliciousness – double check!!

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Asian Dipping Sauce
Serves 2
A delicious appetizer of spicy almond-crusted chicken tenders served with an Asian barbecue-inspired dipping sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 and 1/4 lbs. Chicken tenders
  2. 3/4 Cup Almond meal*
  3. 2 Eggs, beaten
  4. 1/2 Cup Wasabi & Soy Sauce flavored almonds
  5. 1/2 Cup Smokehouse flavored almonds
  6. Salt and pepper
Asian Dipping Sauce
  1. 2 Tbsp. Liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  2. 2 Tbsp. Barbecue sauce**
  3. 3 Tbsp. Water
  4. 1 Tsp. Brown sugar
  5. 1/2 Tsp. Garlic, minced
  6. 1/4 Tsp. Red pepper flakes
  7. A Pinch of fresh ginger, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put almond meal into a medium-sized bowl and season it with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Crush almonds, either in a food processor or by smashing with a mallet in a sealed bag. Don't pulverize the nuts into dust, you want to leave some small chunks for texture. Put the almonds into their own bowl. Dip chicken first into the almond meal, then the egg, and finally coat them in the crushed almonds. Place chicken tenders onto a lined and greased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. DOn't be afraid to cut into one of the tenders to check for doneness. Serve with dipping sauce.
Asian Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients. Heat mixture on a low heat until sugar is dissolved and bubbles start to form around the edge of the pan, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small serving dish and enjoy with chicken tenders!
Notes
  1. *If almond meal isn't available, you could substitute regular or whole wheat flour in its place
  2. **I used Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce
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It’s easy to double or triple this recipe depending on how many guests you have. I listed the serving size as “2 people” because I made it for dinner one night for two post-workout, very ravenous eaters. I tend to think it would’ve served more normal people otherwise, especially as an appetizer or snack. And most importantly, this recipe was made with ingredients hanging around my refrigerator and pantry – super basic! But the flavored almonds and spices in the dipping sauce will have your guests’ palettes happy, making you the big winner on game day 😉

Thoughts??
Whats your favorite game day snack?
Have you tried any of the Blue Diamond flavored almonds? Do you have a favorite? I can’t choose!

FTC: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 26, 2015 at 8:33 am

You outdid yourself here – this looks so good! I love Blue Diamond’s wasabi almonds and their honey roasted almonds too!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

Thanks, Stacy! I haven’t met a flavor of Blue Diamond almonds that I don’t like. I really love the rosemary and cracked pepper flavor, and the coconut ones are like dessert!

megabrooke January 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm

yummy! love these almonds!
how did you get connected with blue diamond to sponsor this post? i always wonder how bloggers find out about certain sponsorship opportunities!

Her Happy Balance January 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

Hey there girl – their almonds are the best, right?! And I think if you search the Blue Diamond website you will see something about becoming a Tastemaker, that’s how I got hooked up with them 🙂

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