Paleo Almond Chicken Fingers


So the Whole30 Experiment is going pretty well so far. I am definitely feeling pretty great after a few days. No stomach aches, no headaches and I’ve been sleeping really well. I am excited to see how things progress. I am eating a lot of food and I feel super full and satiated. I don’t however, feel sluggish or bloated, which is awesome.

So for my first new recipe I wanted to share these amazing chicken fingers. I was actually compelled to start blogging about this experience because these were sooo damn good. I have made a lot of baked chicken fingers on this site – but these were my first grain free. Totally paleo, I used almond meal instead of breadcrumbs or flour and it turned out really well. The almond meal helped to create a thick crust around the chicken and the bit of (healthy) fat in the nuts made the chicken really moist. This was the closest “healthy” version I’ve ever made to true fried chicken fingers. I am so glad I made a double batch!


 The key to this recipe is the spice blend. I made two batches, switching up how I was spicing things and I think the final outcome is close to perfect. A blend of paprika, garlic, onion, with some pepper and a hint of cumin. These were delicious on their own as well as topped with some (sugar free) hot sauce.


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Paleo Almond Chicken Fingers
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Serves: 4
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • olive oil cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Slice chicken breasts into long strips, 1-2" wide
  3. Mix together almond meal, paprika, garlic, cumin, cayenne, pepper, and salt
  4. Dredge each piece of chicken in egg and then coat with almond spice mixture
  5. Place in a cookie sheet greased with cooking spray
  6. Repeat with all chicken pieces
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden
  8. Serve!


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20 Responses to Paleo Almond Chicken Fingers

  1. Jenn June 3, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    these look so good – so crispy!! and i love that spice blend. i’ll definitely have to try these :)

  2. yummychunklet June 3, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    Great idea using almond meal!

  3. Anne June 3, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Yes thank you! This is exactly what I am craving for dinner tonight.

    Somewhat random question, what do you like to have along with chicken fingers to complete a meal? I can never figure that out.

    • Dara June 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Hey Anne! Thanks so much for the comment. With this I had roasted acorn squash and salad one night, and broccoli the next. I found the almond meal on the chicken was sufficient fat to fill me up so I didn’t add any avocado or anything. I hope this helps!

  4. Linda June 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Is almond meal easily available in traditional grocery stores?

  5. Carol Lovett June 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Yummy looking recipe! Do you think you will continue with paleo style eating?

    • Dara June 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks Carol! I’m not sure yet. I’ve only been Whole30-ing for 1 week, but so far I feel great.

  6. Liz June 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    These look outstanding, Dara! Even my picky family would not gripe if I served these for dinner :)

  7. Jeannie June 4, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    That looks so good! Great to know they are baked and healthy:D Pinning it!

  8. Angie@Angie's Recipes June 4, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Dara, these look FINGERLICKING!!!

  9. Jessica June 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    This is a great recipe! Very tasty and satisfied my craving for chicken fingers!

  10. Raven July 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    These were amazing. I didn’t use cumin though the smell of that stuff makes me sick to my stomach but i’m sure for people not sensitive to that smell its a great addition. Other than that I stuck to the recipe and served with some steamed veggies :) Made a great easy dinner. Thanks for the recipe :)

  11. Thomas Buckland July 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I tried these out last night, they’re amazingly tasty! Looking forward to making these regularly :)

  12. IraBraceloff July 18, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Paleo almond chicken in the photograph seems yummy, crispy and tasty!!! Those who land in this page definitely wont move without reading the recipe.

  13. Darcy July 30, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I noticed you wrote that you used a blend of paprika, garlic, onion, etc, but I don’t see onion in the recipe. I was thinking of adding onion powder. Is that what you used, or did you decide to skip it?

  14. Clint July 31, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I had a hard time getting them golden, ended up having to flip the, because the underneath was the only part that really browned. Any advice?

    • Dara July 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hello. I am sorry to hear you had some crisping problems. I find this is usually allievated by making to to leave plenty of space between each chicken finger on the cookie sheet and make sure your oven is fully preheated and totally hot before you put them in.


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