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Buffalo chicken tenders on a baking sheet with carrots, celery, of bowl of buffalo sauce, and a bowl of blue cheese dressing.
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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Healthy buffalo chicken tenders breaded in coconut flour, egg wash, and then a mixture of ground cashews, shredded coconut, and spices and baked in the oven until crispy. Made with just 10 ingredients and take only 35 minutes to make - perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or football watching. Gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, and Whole30 approved.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked buffalo chicken tenders, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, healthy buffalo chicken tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 305kcal
Author Kelly



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on top of the parchment paper and spray with cooking spray/oil (necessary to help them not stick) to help with even airflow.
  • Make the breading. Add the cashews to a high-powered blender, Vitamix, or food processor. Pulse until nuts are coarsely ground, but a little texture remains, about 30 seconds. You don’t want a fine flour, but still want some texture to the mixture - most will be ground, but you want some texture with small pieces of nuts in there. This will add crunch to your breading.
  • Set up an assembly line. In a medium shallow bowl, mix together the ground cashews, shredded coconut, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Place the coconut flour in a separate shallow bowl or plate. Mix together the whisked eggs and hot sauce in a shallow bowl.
  • Bread the chicken. Dip chicken in the coconut flour and roll around to fully coat. Then dip it in the egg mixture, fully coating. Last, roll in the cashew mixture, fully coating. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Bake. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Enjoy! Serve with dip and sides of your choice.



*hot sauce and spices can be adjusted down if you want them to be less spicy.


Serving: 1serving (1/6 of recipe) | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.5mg