Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

I love all things macadamia nut. I love them roasted and salted, dipped in chocolate, made into nut butter, or used as a crispy crust for for fish or chicken. These Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders are a great example of the latter.
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We Recently Took a Trip to Hawaii…

And by “we” I mean 70 of us. No lie. My sweet mother in law wanted a huge family trip for her upcoming 83rd birthday celebration, and literally EVERYONE showed. Her children, grand children and great grand children all flew to Maui to celebrate her, and we happen to have photographic proof!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

 Not Only Did We All Show Up…

…but we got out of bed at 6am for family photos on the beach…no make up, and plenty of bed head. That’s how much we love this woman!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Maui, The Inspiration For This Recipe!

After returning home to Southern California with lots of macadamia nuts, I needed to come up with creative ways to use them. Which is how I came up with these tasty, crispy, chicken tenders.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Dip Them, Put Them On a Salad, or Dress Them Up!

You probably don’t need suggestions on what to do with these delicious bites of chicken, but I will still give them to you anyway.. I have no problem offering unsolicited advice. I love to dip these nuggets in my homemade ranch dressing…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…or serve them on top of my Chopped Chicken Salad (just leave the rotisserie chicken out of the salad recipe..obviously)…

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

…and sometimes I love to add sweet Butternut Squash ‘Fries’ on the side.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto Compliant!

And because I dip the chicken tenders in egg, and then dredge in macadamia nuts and almond flour, these nuggets are perfect for anyone on Paleo, Whole 30 or Keto eating plans!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

The Recipe: Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

Tips and what you need: a food processor or blender, almond meal, and a good pan.

5 from 14 votes
Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Quick, easy, crispy and delicious! The best chicken tender recipe ever...bold claim, I know.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kid-friendly recipes, Paleo recipes, whole30 recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders if you can't find tenders, slice boneless, skinless breasts 1/2" thick
  • 1 1 /4 cups roasted salted macadamia nuts processed into meal
  • 1 cup almond flour I use fine almond flour
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle both sides chicken tenders with desired amount of sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, set aside
  2. In a food processor or blender, process nuts until they resemble large bread crumbs (don't over process or you will have nut butter)
  3. Pour processed macadamia nuts into a shallow bowl, add almond flour and use a fork to mix well
  4. Crack eggs into another shallow bowl, whisk with 1 tablespoon water
  5. Now, dip each tender into into eggs, then dredge in nut mixture until well coated, set aside
  6. When all chicken is coated, heat a large pan (preferably cast iron or a stainless steel skillet) on high heat for two minutes
  7. Add enough olive oil to pan so bottom is nicely coated
  8. When oil is hot but not smoking, add chicken tenders (working in batches if needed) and cook 5-6 minutes a side, lowering heat when necessary. Chicken should be golden brown, crispy and cooked through when removed from heat. If you are working in batches, carefully use a paper towel to clean pan and add more olive oil to pan between batches. Serve!

 

 

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29 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders (Paleo-Whole30-Keto)

  1. Wow! Sounds like quite the matriarch for so many people to make a long trip like that. Quite a lucky lady your grandmother is, but I suspect you all feel like the lucky ones, right? This looks like a great chicken dish!

  2. I love crusting my chicken with almond flour. Macadamia nuts have a more unique flavor than almonds so I bet this must taste yummy. Now I know the next coating to try the next time I am making this kind of chicken.

  3. First of all, what an amazing and beautiful family you have. Those photos are priceless. Also, you make the most amazing meals. I’m always in awe of these gorgeous masterpieces that you come up with. These chicken tenders are so perfect and that golden crust!

  4. Ok, I definitely want to be in your family now! Y’all’s pics are adorable and you have a HUGE family! I also love how much like “real” chicken tenders these look, and I bet they taste better. I’m also a big fan of chicken tenders dipped in ranch, and your ranch looks divine.

  5. Fabulous pics and such a huge family memory. Belated Happy Birthday to you MIL.. I bet she is still smiling — after all of that wonderful family time filled with tenderness..
    The chicken looks SO good and I am sure that the macadamia crust transports the whole meal to another level! I must try this and your ranch dressing too.

  6. Oh my golly…that golden crust. All the heart eyes! I’m so happy to find a chicken tender recipe that uses macadamia nuts, they’re just my absolute favorite. And…now I have to make those squash fries too! Thanks for the heavenly recipes!!

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