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Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips with Blue Diamond Almonds

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This Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips are a heart-healthy version of fried chicken that are baked at home in your oven.

Ready in 25 minutes

There are no less than three really delicious fried chicken places within a 10 minute drive of my house. I’m not talking KFC here (trust me, there is absolutely no one who lives in Kentuckiana that actually thinks KFC is good fried chicken). I’m talking restaurants that pan-fry their chicken in giant, old, well-seasoned cast-iron skillets and serve it up family style with giant bowls of mashed potatoes, Southern-style green beans, and chicken ‘n’ dumplins. And probably with some biscuits on the side. And you wash it all down with a big glass of tea that’s so sweet it’ll rot your teeth.

It’s the kind of restaurant that you only go to once a year because you feel so uncomfortably full after you’re done eating that it takes a whole 365 days to recover and want to sign up to do it all over again. It’s masochism, really.

This is not that fried chicken.

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

I think I’ve only made traditional pan-fried chicken at home once, and while it was delicious, it was also time-consuming, messy, and, honestly, kinda annoying to sit there and babysit pieces of chicken while they bathed in oil. I much prefer doing a bake-fried method when I’m craving fried chicken. Not only is it 100% easier, but it’s also a much healthier option for everyday eating. My family’s standard baked-fried chicken recipe uses whole grain cereal to get its crunchy texture—and it’s awesome. It’s a tried and true method that has been gracing our dinner table since I was a kid.

But I have a second, equally awesome method for making crispy, flavorful “fried” chicken in the oven, and that’s the heart-healthy almond.

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

The great thing about crusting your chicken in almonds is that you aren’t just adding something for texture (which, is awesome, because almonds are crunchy by nature and keep that crunch in the oven) or flavor (the almonds toast in the oven, which adds a beautiful slow-roasted flavor to the chicken), but because it adds a ton of nutrition to the chicken, too! You’re getting healthy fats, lean protein, good-for-you fiber, and a ton of vitamins and minerals added to the “batter” of your chicken. Almond-crusted chicken is like chicken plus!

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

Using flavored almonds also makes seasoning the almond-crusted chicken a snap. I chose to use one of Blue Diamond Almond’s new honey flavors—Honey Roasted Chipotle. It gave the chicken a slightly sweet smoky pepper flavor that was out-of-this-world! And no need to pull out all the spices and herbs in your pantry—the flavor is built right in. That’s a heck of a lot easier than KFC’s 11 herbs and spices. Serve the strips up with a honey mustard sauce for dipping and a nice cold beer, and you’ve got a no-fuss, super delicious weeknight dinner.

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

If the honey-chipotle flavor is a little bit too adventurous to serve to your kids, you can easily make these kid-friendly by subbing in all-natural raw almonds for the flavored ones, plus adding in salt and black pepper to taste. The plain almonds still add tons of flavor and crunch to the strips, without any “weird” flavors that kiddos might reject.

Enjoy!

 

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Honey Chipotle Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips are a heart-healthy version of fried chicken that are baked at home in your oven.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup honey-chipotle flavored almonds
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" strips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Using either a food processor, or a zip-top bag and a mallet, mash the almonds until crushed into fine crumbs. Mix with panko, and place in a shallow dish or plate. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the egg and water, place in another shallow dish or plate. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the flour, salt and pepper, place in another shallow dish or plate. Set aside.
  5. Dredge each chicken piece in the flour mixture, knocking off excess flour, followed by the egg mixture. Finally, press the chicken into the almond mixture, making sure to coat all sides. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces.
  6. Spray the tops of the chicken lightly with cooking spray, and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown, and reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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6 Responses
  1. These chicken strips look mouth-wateringly delicious! I have never made chicken strips at home and these make me want to ASAP. Also your photos make me want to sink my teeth into the computer screen… just sayin’ 🙂

  2. LeesaB

    Ooh, I love Blue Diamond’s flavored almonds, but sadly I never thought to use them as something other than a snack. This looks like a wonderful idea – and so easy too!

  3. lauramich

    And I bet this could be adapted to any of the Blue Diamond almond flavors. The honey chipotle might be a bit spicy for our little guy (who will be 2 this fall … though he’ll crunch up Altoids and ask for more, so maybe not!), but I bet smokehouse almonds would be a-ma-zing!

    Or the wasabi soy sauce almonds, and serve with rice and stir-fried vegetables!

    So many possibilities!

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