Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

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Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

Who says you can’t enjoy chicken tenders while adulting? I say you can – and these flaxseed and almond meal crusted chicken tenders will satisfy that childhood craving!

Plus, adding anything spiralized totally steps any meal up a notch. Instead of “chicken fingers and fries”, I present you “chicken tenders and spiralized sweet potatoes.”

Whether you like your chicken tenders dipped in ketchup, honey mustard, or something else, you’re going to love this healthier, spiralized version.

If I’m ever craving something that’s served with fries, I simply swap out the fries with something spiralized. I love my Crispy Baked Spiralized Fries and my Garlic-Asiago Baked Fries, but today, I’m going simple with some sweet potatoes lightly seasoned with chili powder.

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potatoes satisfy the carb craving, and of course, the true stars of the show are the chicken tenders, crusted in Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed and Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal. Their combo together yields the perfect breading that’s not a crunchy tender, but something better: nutty and textured. What I love about Bob’s Red Mill is the quality that’s revealed every time you open one of their bags.

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

Why use flaxseed? Here are two big health benefits of flaxseed:

  • Omega-3s: the biggest benefit of flaxseed is that it contains a high amount of essential omega-3 fatty acids, essential for your body to function properly. Omega-3s even help with things like joint pain and help reduce triglyceride levels, helping fight heart disease. Especially if you’re a vegetarian, flaxseed can be an easy way to get your omega-3s.
  • Fiber: flaxseed is high in fiber, helping with digestion!

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

After reading that, wouldn’t you too want to incorporate flaxseed into your diet as frequently as possible? Well, an easy way to use it is to build it into crusting and breading veggies and meats, like with today’s recipe.

Now the dippings are totally up to you – I love classic ketchup or honey mustard with my chicken tenders, but use whatever you love! A good tahini sauce could even work here!

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

Note: This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. However, all opinions are my own, always.

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 6 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

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Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Noodles

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 boneless chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled, Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • To serve: dipping sauce of choice honey mustard, marinara, ketchup, etc
  • For the flaxseed crust:
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed I use Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. NOTE: If you want to skip the oven, then skip this step.
  • Place all of the ingredients for the flaxseed crust, into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the breadcrumbs into a shallow baking dish and set aside.
  • Beat the egg in a medium mixing bowl and set aside next to the breadcrumbs.
  • Dredge the chicken in the beaten egg then dip in the flaxseed crust mixture. Dip on both sides and pat the crust mixture into any crevices on the chicken. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheets and put into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until no longer pink on the inside and juices run clear. If you aren’t oven-baking, cook the crusted tenders in a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat until no longer pink on the inside.
  • Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, add the sweet potato noodles, season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and cook, tossing, for about 7 minutes or until cooked to your preference.

Flaxseed Crusted Chicken Tenders with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

 

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26 comments

Hillary says:
Does this really serve 3? I think I need more than 1/3 of a sweet potato :/
Ali Maffucci says:
Hillary - there was a typo! Fixed :)
Corinne Nelson says:
Do you think that this breading would work for other proteins as well? Like white fish for a fish and chips vibe??
Ali Maffucci says:
Yes, definitely! It would work well on other proteins, for sure.
Leslie Pirtle says:
Which blade setting do you spiralize the sweet potatoes on. Mine are usually too thin and burn!
Ali Maffucci says:
Leslie, I indicated in the recipe! Blade D!
Christina says:
Ooh, I have all the ingredients, AND I just so happened to thaw chicken tenders for tonight, not knowing what I'd do with them. This is perfection, can't wait to try it tonight!
Ali Maffucci says:
Yay! Hope you love it - if you're on Instagram, post a pic and tag #inspiralized so we can see !
Karen says:
Is there a good alternative to Almond meal? My son is allergic to almonds. Would coconut flour work? Also, could a flax egg be used instead of a real egg?
Ali Maffucci says:
I've never had great results with flax eggs, so you could try omitting the eggs entirely! Yes, coconut flour would work - but there would be a slight coconut flavor, of course.
Anonymous says:
Um, YUM! Can't wait to try!!
Heather says:
Thx for another delicious looking recipe! Curious, is the flaxseed whole or ground? Cheers from Seattle Heather P.S. 3rd Place Books and Elliot Bay Books would be great options if u did a West Coast book tour!
Ali Maffucci says:
Heather - ground!
Heather says:
Thx Lady!
Audrey says:
Ali, are the tenders in your pictures baked or fried? They look so good and I want to get the same results. Thanks!
Judith says:
Ali, if someone doesn't want the high sugar, high carb count of sweet potatoes, carrots make a great substitute that is also sweet AND carb friendly. That's what I do all the time to any sweet potato, high carb recipe. The carbs are cut in half with a lot more of the carotenoids of the Vitamin A vision correcting and maintaining group. But that's just my take on this great recipe. High fiber ground flax seeds are great for using in place of starchy flour to "fry" a lot of meats.
Maureen says:
Hi Ali...LOVE the Inspiralizer and your recipes! I'm having an issue with my Inspiralizer....the blades will not turn (stuck on 'A'). I've tried running it under hot water, giving it a good scrub down (it's already clean, but I thought I'd give it a try). Anything you can suggest??? Help!!!
dick bennett says:
looks good and I will try as soon as I can get to Trader Joes for the almond meal. In steps 2 and 3 you say "breadcrumbs." Since there are no breadcrumbs in the recipe I assume you mean flaxseed crust mixture as stated in step 4.
Victoria says:
I saw you making these on your snapchat and was eagerly awaiting the recipe post. I made these tonight and they were SO GOOD! I love the almond/flax combination--definitely a great alternative to fried chicken tenders. I can't wait for leftovers tomorrow...(for breakfast lol) :)
Erin says:
Hi Ali, I'm trying to incorporate flaxseed and more healthy foods for my picky 14 yr old son. His triglycerides are high, so we are starting with his diet. He's allergic to almonds and eggs. Can you suggest something I can replace those with? Thank you! I look forward to trying this out with him.
Sarah says:
I made these chicken tenders tonight and they were great! I doubled the "breading" recipe and it was just right to bread three large boneless chicken breasts that I had cup up into chicken fingers (25-30 of them). I baked them for 12 minutes at 425. Delish!
Meaghan says:
We love this recipe! We're so glad you enjoyed it.

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