Getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a challenge at times. Even kids who grow up eating healthy food may go through a picky phase. As you lay know, I’m not one for alternate “kid foods”, especially when they are highly processed and loaded with junk. But, a healthy, kid-friendly food like these garlic Parmesan chicken tenders, can help a picky eater try healthy foods.
What Makes These Chicken Tenders Different?
Traditionally, chicken tenders are made with white flour and/or white breadcrumbs. This recipe is an upgraded version of the traditional recipe. It adds garlic and Parmesan that makes these chicken tenders stand out. The ingredients are also upgraded, switching white flour or breadcrumbs for cassava flour. They’re also easy to put together, making them a perfect recipe for kids to help with.
Is Cassava Flour Healthy?
Cassava flour is gaining in popularity in the paleo community. It’s gluten free, grain free, nut free, and behaves similarly to white flour. Cassava flour is also a whole food flour. It comes from the cassava root which is simply peeled, dried, and ground.
Cassava flour is starchy (not low carb!), but it’s a good alternative to almond flour when you need a nut-free recipe. Because it can be used in a similar way to white flour, it has the lowest learning curve for gluten-free flours.
Cassava flour is a good choice for a few reasons:
- It’s a good source of carbohydrates.
- It contains resistant starch which helps feed good bacteria in the gut.
- It’s allergen-friendly (gluten, grain, and nut free).
- It doesn’t contain problematic proteins like some flours, so it’s a perfect choice for the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet.
Bottom Line: In moderation, cassava flour is a healthy alternative to white flour. It’s also a good choice when you need a nut-free flour.
Want More? Similar Recipes to Try
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy these other chicken recipes:
- Grain-Free Chicken Fingers – These chicken fingers are made with almond flour. They’re better (in my opinion) than traditional recipes.
- Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata – This recipe is the first citrus flavored meat recipe that I actually enjoyed!
- Chicken Parmesan Nuggets – This kid-sized nugget is a healthy (and fun) choice for kids and adults alike.
- Healthy Mandarin Chicken – A healthy version with no MSG or other nasty ingredients.
- Chicken Marsala – This healthy version of this classic dish is very simple to make at home and is great leftover for lunches.
- Rotisserie Style Chicken – I love rotisserie chicken but can’t find organic ones in my area. That’s why I created this recipe.
- Bacon Apple Chicken – This easy meal is perfect for busy days or when company is coming.
Chicken is an inexpensive protein source that is easily transformed into amazing meals.
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, Parmesan, garlic powder, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
- Dip the chicken first in the beaten egg and then in the flour/Parmesan mixture.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Flip and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Have you ever had a healthy chicken tender recipe? How did you like it?