Friday, February 07, 2014

Baked Chicken Strips Recipe with Mustard, Almond, and Parmesan

Baked Chicken Strips
(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  These delicious Baked Chicken Strips with Mustard, Almond, and Parmesan were first posted in 2008 and I've made them quite a few times since then.  I'm reducing the cooking time from what was in the original recipe because now I like them slightly less done.) 

I'd recommend this recipe for someone who's starting the South Beach Diet but cooking for a family and trying to think of what the kids will eat that's also phase one! These chicken strips coated with almond meal (or almond flour) and Parmesan instead of bread crumbs are delicious, plus you can prep them the night before, marinate all day while you're at work, and cook them when you get home.

I do want to warn you though, if this chicken had been slightly less delicious I might never have posted the recipe. I tried two versions to try to get the coating to stick to the chicken and not fall off when you turn it. (I didn't have that problem when I made Parmesan Chicken, but that recipe has breadcrumbs, which I didn't want for this.) In the end it turned out not to matter, because by the second time I made this I didn't care if some coating fell off in the pan, and even on the plate (you can see it in the picture!) This tasted so great, I gobbled it up both days I tested the recipe. Just be prepared with the thought that you'll have to use non-stick spray and turn these very carefully and even then some of the coating will fall off, but it will be OK. Trust me.

Cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips about 1 inch wide. I cut my chicken pieces crosswise for shorter strips.

Whisk together Dijon, Mayo, water, white balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning to make the marinade.

Marinate chicken strips (in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator) for 3-4 hours, or all day if you'd like.

When you're ready to cook the chicken, use food processor to finely grind together the Parmesan, almond meal, poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to make the coating.

Let chicken come to room temperature. Then dip each piece of chicken in the almond meal mixture, turning to coat both sides.

Be sure to spray pan with non-stick spray, then arrange chicken in a single layer. (Mine is too crowded, use a bigger pan!) Bake at 450 F until browned and cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.


Baked Chicken Strips with Mustard, Almond, and Parmesan
Makes 3-4 servings, but can easily be doubled. Recipe adapted from Cooking New American.

Ingredients:
2 very large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Marinade Ingredients:
2 T mayo (low fat is ok, but don't use fat free)
2 T Dijon mustard (or use any mustard that appeals to you)
1 T white balsamic vinegar (or use slightly less than 1 T white vinegar)
1 T water
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning

Coating Ingredients:
2 T Parmesan cheese (freshly grated or coarsely grated, not the kind that comes in a can)
3/4 cup almond meal or almond flour (You can also grind 3/4 cup almonds in the food processor, but it can be tricky to get it finely ground without turning it into almond butter!)
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn't use much salt)

Instructions:
Trim any visible fat or tendons from chicken, then cut each piece into crosswise strips about 1 inch wide. Whisk together mayo, Dijon, white balsamic vinegar, water, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. Place chicken strips and marinade in plastic bag and marinate in refrigerator for 3-4 hours or as long as all day.

When ready to cook, let marinated chicken come to room temperature while you preheat oven to 450F/230C. Use a food processor to finely grind the almond meal, Parmesan, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper, and put coating in large flat bowl. Spray non-stick baking sheet well with non-stick spray. Dip each chicken piece into coating, turning to coat both sides, and arrange in single layer on baking sheet.

Bake without turning for 12-15 minutes, or until top side is quite browned and underneath is starting to brown. Then use metal turner and go under each piece of chicken to be sure it's not stuck to the pan, then carefully turn each piece. Some of the coating will fall off and possibly get too browned in the pan, so don't worry about it. Cook 10-12 minutes more until chicken is well browned and cooked through. Total cooking time will be 20-25 minutes, depending on your pan. Serve hot. (Edit: if you're reheating this in the microwave, be very careful not to overcook or it will get very dry. It is definitely best fresh from the oven.)

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South Beach Suggestions:
The coating on this chicken is relatively high in fat for a South Beach friendly dish, but there's a minimal amount of Parmesan, and the mayo and almond meal both contain "good" fat. Be sure to consider the almond meal as your allowance of nuts for the day if you're eating this for phase one. 

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Tasty Ideas with Baked Chicken:
(Recipes from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Baked Mustard Lime Chicken ~ Elana's Pantry
Chicken Cordon Bleu ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Chicken Breasts Baked in Parchment ~ A Food Centric Life
Chicken Stuffed with Green Chiles and Cheese ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

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60 comments:

Pille said...

That looks like an excellent buffet dish - thanks for sharing, Kalyn! And wish you a Happy New Year, of course!!

Peter M said...

Kalyn, I too recently enjoyed a nut-crusted dish...great alternative to bread crumbs and tasty!

cookiecrumb said...

Sounds delish, even to us non South Beachy types!
Happy New Year.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Yum! Those look great and easy. Cool idea to subsitute ground almonds for breadcrumbs.

Lydia said...

Great recipe, for South Beach or not. I don't usually keep poultry seasoning on my spice rack; I think I'll try herbes de Provence instead!

PastaQueen said...

That sounds really good and not to complicated. I'll have to try it.

Kevin said...

The chicken strips look tasty. The almond crust sounds really good.

Chris said...

Great recipe! I love nut-crumbs. :) I made a tilapia like this and it was fabulous! Happy New Year, Kalyn!

A scientist in the kitchen said...

Looks good and yummy. Thanks for the recipe :)

Ed Tep said...

Kalyn - I'm on the North Beach diet right now, but those chicken strips look delicious! Happy new year!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

How do you do this? I've still got to make the Chicken Picatta with Fried Capers.
And now this. I love little bites like this. You win again Kalyn.

Bellini Valli said...

Thanks for posting this recipe Kalyn. I need to get on the right track.

Kalyn said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I had this for lunch yesterday and it was great!

Zoe said...

Do you think this would have enough flavor with the mustard omitted? Other than the mustard, it sounds like a recipe right up my alley (love almonds, love parmesan). Mustard is one of the few foods that I truly despise. I can handle it in tiny quantities, but this amount would be taste-able, I think. :-)

Kalyn said...

Zoe, I do think you could make this without the mustard, but you'd need to replace it with something else. I might try 2 1/2 T mayo and 1 1/2 T white balsamic vinegar. You could also use something completely different in place of mustard; there are lots of possibilities that might be good (Ranch dressing is one that comes to mind.)

For the combo of 2 1/2 T mayo and 1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar I might add a tiny bit more poultry seasoning. Let me know if you try a variation, I'd love to hear how it turns out.

Sorina said...

Wow that does look beautiful...I think I will start cooking this now.

Tartelette said...

That looks like something that I could easily abuse of :)...wicked good!

Jerri said...

these look and sound delicious. thanks for posting.

Peabody said...

Before my wedding I did South Beach. I was very successful on it but it was not realistic for me to stay on it.
But that is some good looking food, "diet" or not.

Zoe said...

Oooh, I like the mayo-balsamic vinegar combination idea. I'm big fans of both of those, and I've had them mixed together as a sandwich condiment and loved it. I will definitely try this soon.

Anh said...

This is so lovely, Kalyn. I have tried to avoud bread nowadays, and this would make a perfect substitution for breadcrumb!

kerryfromthedairy said...

Tried this last night and my husband really liked it. Smelled so good while it was cooking but I think I would have liked it better if it had more time to marinate.

Next time I'll try the Cook's Illustrated method of baking on a wire rack over the rimmed sheet pan and bake without flipping it. It really did lose a lot of the coating when I turned the pieces.

Kalyn said...

Kerry, great idea! I haven't seen that in Cook's Illustrated, but I think I'll try it too.

LaurenCampbell said...

Yum! I made these chicken strips for dinner tonight, and they were delicious!!! I can't wait to make them for company!

Kalyn said...

Lauren so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking time to let me know.

Laura said...

Wow this was delicious!! One of my new favorite dinners. I've been following your blog for a while but only recently did I actually start the diet and this has been the best thing I've tried yet! Your blog has really made it so much easier, thank you!

Kalyn said...

Laura, you're so welcome. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you're enjoying the blog.

Rachel said...

Kayln, thanks for all of your great recipes! We're giving this one a try tonight.

Rachel said...

Hi Kayln,
I made this recipe last night and it was so easy to make and very tasty. I took the suggestion of one of your other posters and made it on a wire rack (sprayed with cooking spray!) on a foil-lined cookie sheet. My only recommendation is to still turn the chicken strips over as your recipe suggests as the bottoms didn't get browned like the top. I turned them over and they lost a bit of the coating, but it wasn't too a great loss. We'd definitely make them again. Thanks again for your great recipes!

Kalyn said...

Rachel, glad you liked them!

Aladdin's Cave keepster said...

Hi Kalyn, I've eaten these little darlings with the green salad you've sugested...they are TRULY wonderful! I cannot tell you have glad I am finding your lovely site!!!It's an Aladdin's Cave!

Cody said...

I cooked this dish last night for my family and they all loved it! My husband and I just started South Beach and when I found your blog I wanted to cry! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this blog! It's so well organized and everything is easy to find. Loved this recipe and will be visting here again to find more!

Cody said...

Kayln- I cooked this dish for my family last night and they ALL loved it. My littel sister said it doesn't even taste like "diet food". Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this site! It makes the SB lifestyle A TON easier!

Kalyn said...

Cody, thanks and glad to hear you're enjoying the blog.

Cristy said...

I couldn't find almond meal at our little store here in podunk ha ha! Is there any other way I could make this? Perhaps just put some almonds in my food processor with the parmesan?

Kalyn said...

Cristy, you can definitely do that. The almonds won't be quite as finely ground, but I think it will still be good.

Nicole said...

This is one of my absolute favorite South Beach Diet dinners!! It's delicious! I like having some in the fridge left over for a (small) snack the next day...I think it's yummy cold (though I might be the only one). :) Thanks, Kalyn!

Kalyn said...

Nicole, not sure I have tried this cold, but I'm thinking I would like it too!

Jackie G. said...

Can I leave the Almonds out of the recipe? The people I want to cook it for don't eat them.

Kalyn said...

I'm not sure how this would work without almonds. If they can eat other types of nuts, I'd grind up some peanuts or cashews and use in place of the almonds. It may work without doing that, but I can't really say for sure.

Anonymous said...

Pretty good, just dont overcook, like i did.. 30 mins is too much! id go 25 @ 425 degrees

Kalyn said...

It will depend on your oven too; some are definitely hotter than others at a set temperature!

laparisienne said...

I've been wanting to make these, but can I use regular balsamic vinegar? I rarely use white vinegar or white balsamic. Is it just for looks?

Kalyn said...

Well of course you *could* make it with regular balsamic vinegar, but I honestly don't know how it would work, since I haven't tried it that way. Seems like the vinegar will turn the coating dark, but it might be okay.

Amy said...

Huge winner in my house tonight! All 3 of my picky eaters of various ages gobbled them down!

Kalyn said...

Amy, yaay! So glad it was a hit!

Haley said...

I made this last night for my family. I tried the wire rack as some other people had suggested I didn't turn chicken but it was evenly browned and the crust stayed on really well. I didn't have almond meal so I finely ground almonds and it truned out great. Everyone in my family loved it. I gave the receipe to my sister to make for my 1 year old niece. Thanks Kalyn for all your hard work. I will be trying more of your stuff in the future.

Kalyn said...

Haley, so glad you enjoyed it!

Unknown said...

Great recipe, I was excited to try it. But at 450 degrees, it was way overcooked. I baked for 15 minutes, chicken was already done but coating was not crispy. I put the broiler on and that worked to crisp the outside but I ended up with really dry chicken. Very sad, not sure what the right temp and time would be.

Kalyn Denny said...

I keep all my old recipe binders so that if someone has a problem with a recipe like you did I can go back and look it up. My notes for this say say 450F, cook 15-20 minutes, turn carefully and cook 10 minutes more. I would have been cooking it in a toaster oven, which could have made a difference. I see there are several comments from people who had success with it, but one other person who thought it was overdone.

I'd have to guess at what made the difference, but maybe the thickness of the chicken or how cold it was when it went into the oven would affect it. Also some ovens can be much hotter than others even if set at the same temp. If you liked it, I'd try again at 400F and start to check a little sooner.

Anita Navarra said...

Kalyn - any ideas for someone with a nut allergy? I know bread is not allowed on phase 1 - but the almonds won't work.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Anita

Kalyn Denny said...

Since almonds are the main ingredient in the coating, I'm not coming up with anything else that would work and also be phase one, sorry!

christal deaton said...

I invert the rack from my roasting pan on a rimmed baking sheet when I cook chicken like this...no turning and it gets browned all around. Less coating lost!

Kalyn Denny said...

Christal, that's an excellent suggestion, thanks!

Vicky said...

Kalyn, made this chicken tonight and it was so good. I did have trouble with the coating sticking to the pan instead of the chicken so I'll either try putting it on parchment paper in the pan (sprayed with Pam) or use a rack like someone else did. Putting the recipe in my cookbook. Thanks!!

Kalyn Denny said...

Vicky now I am asking myself why I didn't think of parchment paper!

Unknown said...

I made this tonight for the first time, was delicious. I used parchment paper like Vicky suggested and minimum loss of crust!!! Success!

Kalyn Denny said...

I must make this again soon just to try the parchment! So glad you enjoyed it.

The Torsell Family said...

This chicken recipe looks delicious!

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Becca!

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