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Crispy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

You’ll fall in love with these super crispy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders!

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Dear Crispy Chicken,

I love you.

The secrets out! I cannot live without crispy chicken. I just can’t do it. There is something extra special about juicy chicken hidden inside a salty, crunchy shell. Ya feel me?

I’ve tried almond flour and I’ve tried parmesan cheese plus a combination of the two, and yes, they each taste amazing, but didn’t give me the crunch I was really looking for. So I turned to crushed pork rinds.

Oh dang.

Life changer.

These Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders are what dreams are made of for a crunch-a-holic like myself.

No deep fryer or air fryer is needed to make these beauties super duper crunchy, the pork rinds crisp up beautifully when baked in the oven!

I hope you love these Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders as much as I do!

What you’ll need to make Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

You won’t need a whole lot to make these delicious Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders.

To start you’ll need one bowl with an egg and some water. In another you’ll need crushed pork rinds, parmesan cheese, sea salt, ground black pepper, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder.

Lastly, you’ll need chicken tenders!

How to make Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

These are super easy to make!

You’ll want to start by getting all the components ready.

Line a couple of baking sheets with non stick baking mats or parchment paper, and heat your oven to 400°.

Mix an egg with some water in a medium sized bowl or soup plate, and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine some crushed pork rinds with parmesan cheese, chili powder, sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well and make sure to crush any big clumps of pork rinds into a finer crumble.

Now you are all set to go!

With one hand dunk a chicken tender into the egg mix then drop into the pork rind mix without touching it with your hand. Use the other hand to toss the chicken in the pork rinds then place on the baking sheet.

Continue until all the chicken has been coated.

You should have leftover egg and pork rinds. Double dip the coated chicken until all of the pork rinds have been used up.

Bake the coated chicken in the preheated oven for 16-20 minutes, until the internal temperature of the largest piece reads 180°.

Cool slightly then enjoy!

Dip ideas

These Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders taste AMAZING on their own, however, I am a dippy kinda girl.

Here are a few low carb recipes recipes that taste amazing with these Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders:

Sides to pair with Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

The possibilities are endless!

There are a ton of sides that would pair great with these Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders. Here is a list of my favourites:

Add these Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders to your appetizer night!

Got leftovers?

This recipe makes quite a few Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders, even I couldn’t possibly eat the whole batch!

Here are some ideas to use up those leftovers

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help the process run smooth.

  • Crush the pork rinds in a bag, using a rolling pin, to crush them quickly into a fine crumb.
  • Don’t mix your hands up! You don’t want your egg hand to touch the crumbs or your crumb hand to touch the egg mixture. You’ll end up losing a lot of crumbs this way, which we want on the chicken, right?
  • Check out the video below, right above the recipe card, to watch the whole process go down!

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Baking sheet filled with Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders hot from the oven, filling the air with their delicious aroma.
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5 from 9 votes

Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

Don’t settle for less when you could have these epic Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders! No air fryer or deep fryer needed for this super cripsy chicken.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Canadian, Low Carb
Keyword low carb baked chicken tenders, low carb crispy chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 2 lbs
Calories 587kcal
Author Aleta

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders

Egg Mix

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup water

Breading

  • 100 g pork rinds crushed
  • ½ c parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Heat oven to 400° and line the baking sheets with non stick mats or parchment paper.
  • Whisk the egg mix together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In the other bowl combine the breading ingredients and mix well. Crush any big clumps of pork rinds you find into a finer crumble.
  • With one hand dunk a chicken tender into the egg mix then drop into the pork rind mix without touching it with your hand. Use the other hand to toss the chicken in the pork rinds then place on the baking sheet.
  • Continue until all the chicken has been coated.
  • Double coat the chicken until all the egg mix and breading have been used up.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes, until the internal temperature of the largest piece reaches 180°.
  • Cool slightly before serving.

Notes

See post above for low carb dip ideas!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  

Deduct fibre from the total carbs to get 1.6 g net carbs per serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb | Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.5g | Protein: 90.8g | Fat: 20.9g | Sodium: 1474mg | Fiber: 0.9g

22 Comments


  1. Never would have thought to use pork rinds as a coating! What a great idea. I’ve been watching those carbs especially when it comes to dinner…can’t wait to try this!!

  2. I was wondering the other day how I could manage a crunchy chicken coating without using carbs – pork rinds is a perfect solution! I bet the pork rinds make it so tasty and delicious!


  3. These do look so crispy!! Nothing like a nice crisp to something like chicken tenders!! I can’t wait to try your chicken as it looks so delicious!!


  4. Ah !! I’m drooling over how delicious these look. I love baked chicken but never thought a no-carb version would turn out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing


  5. They look crispy and delicious! I can see why you love them, I think I would as well!

  6. Amanda Mason


    I have been making my own chicken tenders for years and I never once thought of using pork rinds. Genius! I’m so giving this recipe a try! Love that you use chili powder in this recipe!!


  7. I love that they are baked, but they still look so crispy. A family favorite for sure.

  8. These look delicious and I love that they’re so quick and easy! Perfect for one of our many busy week nights!


  9. Omg, pork rinds?? That DOES sound like a game changer!! I would definitely love these to death, yum!

  10. You really nailed the chicken tender shot and these sound delicious! And like a def crowd pleaser! Thanks so much for sharing :).


  11. You have proven that crispy chicken doesn’t have to be fried! I love this and can’t wait to make it.

  12. Jacquelyn Hastert


    Winner winner low-carb chicken dinner! I am in love with this and can’t wait to make it again.

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