Back To School Recipe Roundup + Baked Chicken Tenders {Paleo & Egg Free}

chicken tenders

I can’t believe it’s already back to school time – I’m SO not ready for our new schedule!!! But like it or not, it will be here soon. And along with our new schedule comes packing lunches everyday again. My kids tend to get tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol thing in their lunch boxes so I came up with this easy baked chicken tenders recipe for a nice change up from their typical sandwich.

I really like this recipe because 1) it’s baked which means it’s healthier and not as messy to make, and 2) the breading actually sticks to the chicken! I’ve tested so many baked chicken finger recipes where the breading just slid off or was mushy – yuck! But not only does this breading stick, it tastes amazing and the chicken is moist and tender inside. It’s not quite as crispy as the typical fried version, but it’s still crazy yummy  :)

Helpful Hints:

-CLICK HERE for a homemade seasoned salt recipe. After perfecting this recipe I looked at the ingredients on my seasoned salt and was thoroughly disappointed as it was full of chemicals! Next time I’m going to use homemade seasoned salt :)

-CLICK HERE for my original grain free fried chicken tenders recipe with a yummy sweet honey mustard dipping sauce!

-I have not tried it, but I think the almond flour could be substituted with another gluten free flour – but make sure it’s a flour that you like, as your chicken strips will taste like the flour! I would not substitute the arrowroot with anything other than tapioca flour as indicated.

-To pack chicken tenders in your kids lunch boxes, I recommend heating them in the microwave on a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid so they are not soggy. Then discard the paper towel and pack them in a thermos to keep them warm :) (If you have a small thermos, you may have to cut them in half)

 

Baked Chicken Strips {Paleo & Egg Free}
 
*If you defrost your chicken in water, pat dry and transfer to a different bowl before mixing with the flour. You want the flour to stick to the chicken and not be soggy. **For grain free baking powder, mix 1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar, and 2 parts arrowroot or tapioca flour.
Ingredients
  • 2½ Lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
  • ½ C Blanched Almond Flour
  • ½ C Arrowroot Flour or Tapioca Flour
  • 4 tsp. Seasoned Salt (See link above)
  • 2 tsp. Grain Free Baking Powder
  • Oil of choice

Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a large bowl. Make sure chicken is not too wet, pat dry if needed.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, seasoned salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  3. Stir the flour mixture into the bowl with the chicken and thoroughly coat each piece (or you can dredge each piece of chicken into the flour mixture). Add additional flour if needed.
  4. Arrange chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Place in fridge 2 hours.
  7. Lightly spray or drizzle with oil.
  8. Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Back To School Recipe Roundup:

Paleo Tortillas For Wraps (or quesadillas made with Daiya cheese)

crepes

 

Paleo Sandwich Bread

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Paleo Waffles With Peanut or Almond Butter instead of a sandwich

waffles

 

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

ckn salad

 

Fruit With Caramel Dip

caramel sauce

Veggies With Dairy Free Ranch Dip:

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies:

 

choc chip cookies

 

Paleo Brownies

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Paleo No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites:

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Paleo No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

pecan pie bars

Chocolate Pudding

pudding

Other Lunch Box Ideas:

 

Pizza Muffins From Gluten Free Easily

Paleo Cornbread Muffins with Hot Dogs in the middle (Corndog Muffins, recipe soon to come)

Celery With Peanut or Almond Butter and Raisins (ants on a log)

Any leftover breads, muffins, or desserts you have made –  just wrap in plastic wrap

 

Trail Mix

 

Boiled Eggs

Bacon Sandwiches

Leftovers from the night before

Salad (such as my Coconut Chicken Salad or Southwest Chicken Salad)

Pizza (such as my BBQ Pizza)

Dairy Free Yogurt, such as SO Delicious or Amande Brand

Fruit Snacks or Fruit Roll-Ups. I like the brand from Target, Simply Balanced. It’s naturally sweetened and has no food coloring.

Crackers With Pepperonis

Dried Fruit

Popcorn With Dairy Free Chocolate Chips

Banana, Honey, and Almond or Peanut Butter Wraps or Sandwiches

What about you, what do you send in your child’s lunch box?

 

this post is part of Fat Tuesday Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays,and Gluten Free & DIY Tuesdays

Comments

  1. Ooh these look good!

  2. Our “kid” is all grown up, but I’m still bemoaning the fact that it’s time to go back to school (some are already back!). These chicken tenders look awesome, Cassidy. Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for linking to my Pizza Muffins, too. They are a great lunchbox treat for sure. ;-) Btw, Jeanine (The Baking Beauties) has a great printable lunch planner that you could use/adapt to get your kids on board with choosing their own lunches from your repertoire. :-)

    Happy weekend! Hope your kids have a great return to school. :-)
    Shirley

    • Thanks Shirley! My kids started back on Thursday and so far so good! Thanks for the lunch planner from Jeanine, lunch has never been one of my strong suits :)

      -Cassidy

  3. These look great, Cassidy, and I’m sure kids love them.Please remember to leave a link back to Gluten-Free Wednesdays. :)

    • Thanks LInda! I can’t believe I forgot to link back, sorry – it’s taken care of now :) I made your quinoa pilaf tonight with dinner and we all loved it, thanks again!

      -Cassidy

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