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Paleo Plantain Crusted Chicken Strips

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Perfectly crispy and flavorful Paleo Plantain Crusted Chicken Strips are gluten-free and kid-friendly.  Oh, and kid-at-heart-friendly, too!

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_Strips 5 graphicSeriously, right?!

That is what I was saying when I took my first bite of these chicken strips.  I totally meant it in a good way, too.

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_Strips 2Sure, I love my Nightshade-Free Paleo Baked Chicken Strips.  But back when I created them, I was still eating almonds and eggs.  So that was not going to work when my chicken strip craving came around this past weekend.  I am somewhat-slowly transitioning myself to an AIP Paleo diet, so I had to get a little creative and crafty in the kitchen.  Luckily, these are totally AIP-friendly!

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_Strips 4Without the almond flour, I needed something else to give my chicken strips a crispy and crunchy texture.  Nobody likes soggy chicken, am I right?  Luckily, one of my favorite things ever right now (seriously) came to the rescue.

PLANTAIN CHIPS!

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_StripsHave you heard of them?  Tried them?  Regardless, you better start crusting your chicken with them.  These stripies are:

crispy
crunchy
flavorful
healthy
not sweet (most plantain chips are actually salty!)
totes Paleo

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_Strips 7Paleo Plantain Crusted Chicken Strips
Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

1 pound of organic chicken tenders
1 4-ounce bag of plantain chips (this is my favorite brand since they are made with palm oil)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 cup avocado oil (unrefined coconut oil also works, but will be slightly sweet)*

*Feel free to use one whole egg instead if you do not eat egg-free.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Add plantain chips to food processor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds, or until ground into “breading.”  Be sure not to grind the chips too finely, as you want the chicken strips to have some crunch.

3. Add plantain chip breading to a medium, shallow bowl.  Stir in sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and turmeric until well-combined.

4. Place avocado oil into a small, shallow bowl.  Dredge each chicken strip into the avocado oil.  Gently remove any excess oil.

5. Place each chicken strip into the plantain chip breading and coat both sides.  Place each chicken strip onto the baking sheet.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until crispy.

Now eat ’em!  You could definitely dip these in mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, or ranch (depending on your dietary needs), but they are also insanely tasty all on their own.

Plantain_Chip_Paleo_Chicken_Strips 6#Paleo Plantain Crusted Chicken Strips are perfectly flavorful, crispy, and #glutenfree Click To Tweet

Have you ever tried plantain chips?
What is your favorite ingredient for breading chicken strips?

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  • Kristy @ Southern In Law November 10, 2015, 1:53 am
    Ooohh yum! These look seriously delish! Plantains are seriously the best - they have so many uses! Kristy @ Southern In Law recently posted...Travel: Travelling to Norfolk IslandMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 12:33 pm
      Seriously! It may have taken me 27 years to discover them, but I am so glad they are in my life now!
  • GiGi Eats November 10, 2015, 8:19 am
    I MIGHT be able to eat this! Those PLANTAIN chips have little/no sugar and no added sugar! REJOICE!! GiGi Eats recently posted...Lets Taco Bout BumbleBee SeafoodsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 12:34 pm
      YES! Hooray for no added sugar and still being super delicious!
  • Liz @The Clean Eating Couple November 10, 2015, 8:37 am
    These look AMAZING!!! I love plantain chips + I love chicken tenders.... so these are 100% happening. With a side of buffalo sauce ;) Liz @The Clean Eating Couple recently posted...The Clean Eating Couple takes on Italy: Part 1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 12:34 pm
      I hope you love them as much as I do! I bet they will be awesome with buffalo sauce. My nightshade-free self is super jealous! ;)
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 10, 2015, 9:05 am
    What a great idea using plantain chips! Every time I hit up Trader Joe's I buy about 5 bags of them- so good! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Tyranena 1/2 Barrel Beer Run RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 12:35 pm
      I used to be the exact same way when I lived near a TJ's. I am so sad to be so far away from one now! :(
  • Ruth November 10, 2015, 9:42 am
    Oh dear!! This is dangerous.... I'll probably add a side of plantain chips ;) Great idea, Hannah!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 12:35 pm
      Haha! The more plantain chips, the better!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 10, 2015, 1:58 pm
    Yes! I love plantain crusted chicken! It was the one way I got my mom and brother to like plantains this summer ;) Hahaha! I say it's a win!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 2:37 pm
      SUCH a win! Hopefully they are on board with plantains now!!
  • Ashley November 10, 2015, 2:28 pm
    Plantain chips are sooooo good! Although I can eat like an entire bag in one sitting!! haha These chicken strips sounds delicious!! Ashley recently posted...Pumpkin Apple Crumb CakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 10, 2015, 2:37 pm
      That is not at all unusual for me, too. They are SUPER addicting and dangerous ;)
  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks November 11, 2015, 10:19 am
    That texture looks spot on! Getting so creative in the kitchen! Dani @ Dani California Cooks recently posted...WIAW – On the road in OlympiaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 11, 2015, 7:41 pm
      Every once in awhile the light bulb turns on in my brain!! ;)
  • Jen@jpabstfitness November 12, 2015, 4:50 am
    mmmm, yes, please! Jen@jpabstfitness recently posted...Beachbody on DemandMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 12, 2015, 10:04 am
      They are seriously delish. I hope you try them, Jen!
  • Bonnie October 28, 2016, 5:19 pm
    This looks wonderful! I'm gonna try these tonight. I didn't notice mention of adding the onion powder, but I'm sure it would go in with the other spices. I am looking forward!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 29, 2016, 10:23 am
      Yes! Thanks so much for catching that. I'll get it fixed!

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