Almond Crusted Chicken (and my Zaycon Foods Review)

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almond crusted chicken

Mmm.. you are so going to love these Almond Crusted Chicken Strips.  If you are not gluten free like me they are a great change of pace for chicken breading and if you are gluten free almond meal is  a great way to get away from the rice flour habit!!

I have mentioned Zaycon Foods on FFD before.  They are a great way to stock up on large quantities of meats, fish and chicken at a really good price.  The chicken that I received was running $1.89 a pound- which is a good stock up price for my area.

How Zaycon Foods works is they have “events” in your area.  You sign up at their website to be notified and when one is coming near you you will be emailed.  If you want the item they have at that event you easily sign up and pay- then you simply pick it up and take it home.

The chicken I received was packaged in bulk.. so I did need to place the pieces in individual bags so it would be easy to serve my family.  They were a full breasts and needed to be cleaned up a bit from any left over fat, but it was an easy job.  I was able to tear the full breast easily into a half one and I packaged them four half chicken breasts to a bag- for a total of 47 half breasts.

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The whole process of picking it up (about 10 minutes away) bringing the box home and packaging everything for my freezer only took around 40-45 minutes.  Pretty good for a freezer full of 40 pounds of chicken!

On to the recipe..

Almond Crusted Chicken

3 pounds of chicken breast sliced into “finger sized” strips
1 1/2 cup almond meal ( I get mine at Trader Joes)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 beaten eggs for egg wash

Prepare a cookie sheet (possibly two) by covering with foil and spraying with non stick spray or coating with olive oil.

Place eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat together with a fork, set aside. Combine almond meal, salt, garlic powder and paprika, set aside. Slice your chicken breast into “finger sized” strips. Dredge chicken pieces in egg wash then almond meal mixture, place on cookie sheet.  Continue until all chicken is coated.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, turning chicken pieces over halfway.  You may want to broil the pieces for the last 5 minutes for a little for crispiness.

Enjoy with BBQ sauce or honey mustard.

Note: any egg wash and almond meal mixture that is left over, but touched the chicken, must be thrown away.

Let me know if you try my Almond Crusted Chicken.

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