This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.
The holidays are here and the weather in Southern California has finally cooled off which means it really feels like football season now. I had a hard time getting into it earlier this season when it was 100 degrees outside, but now I’m totally happy when I can put together an appetizer plate and watch some Sunday night football with my husband. Our team is not doing too well this year but we are still supporting them! Watching games has also gotten more interesting this year with Baby Awesome. She loves to crawl around while we’re watching tv. She also loves food and reaches for everything!
I also am starting to get creative in the kitchen again. It’s been a while since I’ve tried some new recipes because I’ve been so busy with work and being a mom but Sunday game day is also a day off from work and the perfect time to try out some new recipes. I took my Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds and decided to make a non-traditional appetizer with them: Smokehouse Almond Chicken fingers!
Chicken fingers are something I’ve really missed since going gluten-free. I started making this paleo almond chicken fingers recipe last year and it’s become a staple recipe in our house. This time I decided to mix it up and instead of using almond flour, I used the Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds and chopped them up in the food processor.
The result? Pure awesomeness. They had a great smokey, BBQ flavor but it wasn’t overpowering. They were quite tasty, and because the almonds are flavored you don’t need to add any spices to the recipe. My husband and I really loved them! They make great appetizer on game day AND they are filling so you don’t even need dinner afterwards!
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 Can Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 package Chicken Tenders
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Take half a can of Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds and put in food processor. Grind up the almonds until they are the consistency you desire (try to get it as fine as you can). It may be a little loud but it should not take very long to get them at a good consistency.
Next, line a baking sheet with wax paper and get two small bowls. Pour the ground almonds into one bowl and crack the two eggs in another.
Take out your chicken, wash it thoroughly, and pat dry. Then dip your chicken in the egg and make sure you coat each side evenly. Remove from egg and then dip the chicken into the almond mixture and cover equally on both sides. Repeat this process for each chicken tender and then line the baking sheet with the chicken tenders. Place in oven for 30 minutes.
Once you remove from the oven allow them to cool for a couple minutes. Then they are ready to serve. I served mine with honey mustard and they were delicious! I think we’re definitely going to need to make these again for some of the college football bowl games later this season. They were great. Enjoy!
What about you? What #gamechangingflavors have you made for football season? Post in the comments and let us know!
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