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Walnut & Almond Crusted Baked Chicken {no sugar, no carb}

I mentioned in a post last week that I’ve had an “altered” eating regimen. I’m in week 4 of 6 weeks with no sugar and no starches/carbs. I know!   This was a first for me. I’ve been looking all over online for recipes that I could make for my family, and not have to make a separate meal for myself. I was THRILLED when I saw the “crusted” part of this recipe because I love a little crunch in my meal.  I found the original recipe here, and made a bunch of changes. I really enjoyed it, and I was SO delighted that my family (including picky children) loved it, too! The original recipe called for 3 chicken breasts, but I knew I wanted lots of coverage for the yummy walnut/almond mixture, so I used chicken tenders. I also added more parm cheese, and an extra shake to the spices.  Oh, the spices…then I broiled it at the end for that extra crunch!

Walnut & Almond Crusted Baked Chicken

2 lbs. or 12 uncooked chicken tenders

3 egg whites

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. marjoram

1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Add all ingredients (except chicken and egg whites) together. You can use a food processor, but I just used my handy food chopper.

2. Blend together until you have a crumbly mixture (before I got egg in it, I ate this by the pinch-ful and had to hold myself back it was so yummy!)

3. Make a little assmbly line, and dip your chicken in the eggs, then nut mixture before placing on a baking sheet (parchment paper is helpful).

4.  Place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes

5. At the end, I noticed the nuts were still more wet than I wanted, so I turned my oven to broil to let it crunchen up, and broiled for about 3 minutes, then flipped each chicken to broil another 3 minutes.

2-3  tenders approx 200 calories

I served it with broccoli and rice (for the fam).

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  1. Suzanne says:

    That looks mighty yummy. I’m not a fan of pecans but I can envision this with half walnuts, half almonds or all of either of those. Yummy!

    PS. good luck on your new food plan!

  2. I’m on a carb less diet right now too. We should swap recipes

  3. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow!