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Whole30 Cashew Crusted Chicken Tenders

These Whole30 Cashew Crusted Chicken Tenders are juicy and flavorful. Directions for both air fryer and oven baked chicken tenders, these make a great healthy and fast weeknight dinner!
Course Chicken, Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 587kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb Chicken Tenders
  • 2 ½ cup Raw Cashews
  • ¼ cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil or compliant cooking spray
  • Salt & Pepper

For Paleo Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (Omit for Whole30)

  • ½ Cup Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Honey

Instructions

  • Place cashews, tapioca flour, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika in a food processor and pulse until cashews are finely chopped and ingredients are well combined.
  • Put cashew mixture in a bowl for breading.
  • In a separate bowl whisk eggs, coconut milk, a dijon mustard together.
  • Pat chicken tenders dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • One piece at a time, dip the chicken in the egg mixture, allow excess egg to drip off, then dip into the cashew mixture ensuring to coat on both sides.

Air Fryer

  • Add chicken tenders to the air fryer basket (careful not to overcrowd) and spray with Whole30 compliant cooking spray or drizzle with avocado oil.
  • Cook for 14 minutes at 375, flipping halfway through.
  • Ensure chicken has reached 165F and enjoy!

Oven Baked

  • Place chicken tenders on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (careful not to overcrowd) and spray with Whole30 compliant cooking spray or drizzle with avocado oil.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes each side at 400F until chicken has reached an internal temp of 165F.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

For Paleo Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (Omit for Whole30)

  • Add mustard and honey in a small bowl and combine well.

Notes

If not using a food processor, finely chop cashews and combine in bowl with additional ingredients.
Chicken will likely have to be cooked in batches when using the air fryer.

Nutrition

Sodium: 453mg | Calcium: 53mg | Vitamin C: 3mg | Vitamin A: 146IU | Sugar: 15g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 869mg | Cholesterol: 127mg | Calories: 587kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 36g | Protein: 37g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Iron: 5mg