Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food. But greasy, lardy chicken pieces are not healthy, so I came up with this baked version. This recipe takes fried chicken to a happy, healthy place.
Note: It’s important to get the hang of broiling when mastering the art of faux fried foods. On most ovens there is a button to switch the oven into high broil mode, which switches the heat source solely to the top. Move an oven rack close to the top and place your tray on it. Watch very closely as the food begins to crisp and brown, and then remove the tray quickly if the food begins to char.
2 tablespoons Fruit-only apricot preserves
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
½ cup blanched almond flour
½ cup Almond Meal
½ cup coconut flour
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon Red Pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders
Preheat the oven to 350 ̊F. Lightly grease a 9 × 13 baking pan with coconut oil.
In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs, apricot preserves, Dijon, garlic powder, and sweet paprika.
In another shallow bowl, combine the almond flour, almond meal, coconut flour, black pepper, red pepper, and sea salt. Take 1 tablespoon of the dry ingredient mixture and add it to the wet ingredient mixture. Mix well.
Rinse the chicken tenders and pat dry. Arrange the bowls next to the chicken, with the prepared pan within reach. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture. Dredge through the flour mixture. Place the coated chicken pieces on the prepared pan.
Bake for 35 minutes. Turn the oven to high broil for 2 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with a side of Lazy Man’s Ranch. Enjoy!