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Insanely Crispy and Juicy Chicken Tenders | Grain-Free | Nut-Free | Keto | Paleo| Trader Joe's Hack

THIS RECIPE IS GOING TO ABSOLUTELY BLOW YOUR MIND! You will never guess what the ultra-secret ingredient is in these chicken tenders. I mean, just look at that photo. You can literally see the crisp and crunch coming at you. Would you believe me if I told you that these chicken tenders are paleo & keto-friendly, use absolutely no grain or nut alternatives aka no flour, almond flour, bread crumbs, or anything even close to it? I use two different ingredients that are a little outside of the box but the results are ridiculous. You won't even know these are healthy(ish/er). These puppies are not only paleo, keto, grain-free, nut-free but only use THREE INGREDIENTS (+ spices). You have to try these, you won't regret it. Keep reading to find out how to make the ultimate crunchy and juicy chicken tenders.


Want to know the secret ingredient for these ultimate crunchy and juicy healthy tenders?

I told you you would never guess. It's Trader Joe's Plantain Croutons!! They are made with four simple ingredients- Plantains, Oil, Garlic, and Salt. Periodt. I have found myself eating these by the handful on their own and the intense crisp of these croutons is what piqued my interest in if I would be able to make these into a breading for chicken. And boy, it turned out much much better than I anticipated. I can't wait to try different cooking methods with these in the future. As you know by now, my body has a really hard time processing refined grains such as flour and bread, so I tend to avoid foods that have a high concentration of refined grains. Many specialty diets like keto, paleo, and gluten-free also avoid these ingredients so this is a very well-rounded recipe that can be enjoyed by all!


My second weird ingredient for the success of this recipe:

Please hear me out before you write me off completely. The logic behind this makes a lot of sense if you break it down. It's mayo, okay? For all of you mayo haters just listen: mayo is comprised of two main ingredients: eggs and oil. Think about how you would normally bread chicken for frying- it usually involves some sort of egg bath then into the breading mixture. You also need oil to create the ultimate crisp. So why don't you skip a couple of steps and just put a light mayo layer on before breading it. While I haven't tried it yet, I feel like this would be the perfect combo for the airfryer.


THREE Ingredient breakdown

  • Trader Joe's Plantain Croutons

  • Chicken Tenderloin Strips

  • Mayo

  • Salt

  • Paprika

  • Onion powder

  • Cayenne


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