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Did you ever think you could enjoy chicken tenders on the Whole30 diet?
Well, I’m here to tell you, yes you can!
These Whole30 Chicken Tenders are 100 percent Whole30 compliant, baby! They cook up wonderfully and taste delicious, too!
The reason I came up with this recipe is simple. I was sick of making something Whole30 compliant for me, and then making something separate for my kids. I could surely come up with a Whole30 recipe my kids would love, and one that would be totally Whole30 compliant for me, too.
In researching what is Whole30 compliant, I learned that tapioca flour is considered Whole30 compliant. Tapioca flour is the starch from a cassava root, a plant or vegetable, so it is not a grain.
I love using cassava flour in baking (these are my yummy cassava flour chocolate chip cookies – not Whole30 compliant). I use tapioca flour in my very popular gluten-free challah recipe (please note my gluten-free challah recipe is NOT Whole30 compliant). I had a ton of tapioca flour on hand in my gluten-free kitchen – so this was an easy ingredient for me to find and use.
To make this recipe, I simply cut several organic chicken breasts into strips using kitchen shears. I then dipped each chicken strip into an egg wash, then dipped again in the tapioca flour combined with a bunch of seasonings. I then added each chicken strip to a hot, oiled pan and cooked it for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned and cooked through (no pink inside). Perfection!
The Whole30 chicken tenders go well with Primal Kitchen Ketchup. This ketchup contains no sugar or weird ingredients, and it’s Whole30 compliant. I also love the way it tastes and have used it post-Whole30 challenge. The Whole30 challenge makes you realize that sugar is everywhere, and it’s unnecessary in ketchup if you ask me! You can even get Primal Kitchen Ketchup on Amazon if you can’t find it at your local Whole Foods or natural grocery store.
In addition to the Whole30 chicken tenders, I roasted some delicious baby potatoes and asparagus – both roasted with a little avocado oil and Kosher salt and pepper.
We ended up eating this Whole30 compliant dinner on our patio that night, as it was a beautiful August evening.
And I’m happy to report that everyone was happy, especially me. I didn’t have to make a separate meal for my kids, and I love chicken tenders as much as my kids love them!
I hope you enjoy this wonderful, fresh and delicious Whole30 dinner recipe.
Whole30 Chicken Tenders Recipe:
- 2-3 organic chicken breasts cut into strips
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp. water
- 3/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 Tbsp. Trader Joe's 21 Salute Seasoning (or seasonings of choice)
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 2-3 Tbsp. avocado oil (more if needed)
In one bowl, combine tapioca starch and seasonings and whisk together. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine egg with 1 Tbsp. of water and mix well. Set aside.
Heat oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
Working in batches, dip chicken strips into egg wash, then coat the chicken in the starch/seasonings. Place each chicken strip into hot pan. Do not overcrowd.
Cook chicken for about 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through. Thicker pieces may take a bit longer to cook. If the outside of the chicken browns too quickly, lower temperature to medium heat.
Serve immediately with roasted potatoes and asparagus, or with other sides of choice.