Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders (Paleo + Keto)

Missing crispy baked chicken tenders on a grain-free, paleo or keto diet? I’ve got you covered with this recipe that’s so good, you’ll never want another chicken tender again!


Chicken tenders take me right back to my childhood. I was a very picky kid, and anytime my family went out to dinner, I would always order chicken tenders with french fries, and a side of applesauce… But only if they would heat it up. Cold applesauce was straight up not allowed. Told you I was picky! 😉 Times have changed and so has my palate, but I still have a love for crispy baked chicken tenders!

I’ve played around with all sorts of coatings in order to make these crispy baked chicken tenders crunchy, and version made with crushed pork rinds is by far my favorite. It might sound a lil strange to some, but it’s truly DELICIOUS. I prefer using the baked pork rinds from Epic, but you can use any kind that you’d like!

I’ve found that the easiest way to turn the pork into crumbs is to place the rinds into a food processor/blender, and then pulse until they’re around the size of bread crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can always use a blender, or simply place the pork rinds in a bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

I hope you love these crispy baked chicken tenders as much as I do!


Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders


Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders



  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place two wire racks on top of two baking sheets.
  2. Mix the pork rind crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt & black pepper in a shallow bowl. Beat the egg in a separate shallow bowl.
  3. Dry your chicken tenders with a paper towel. Dip each piece into the egg, and then into the dry mixture.
  4. Place the chicken tenders on the wire racks. Bake for 15-17 minutes. If you’d like to brown the chicken tenders more, simply place them under your broiler for a few minutes.
  5. These are delicious served with my ranch dressing , chipotle aioli or jalapeño ranch dressing !



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