These easy Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders boast a crunchy, spicy coating. These mouthwatering morsels can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Banting diet.

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The Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Looking for something to serve on game day? Look no further!

This recipe layers on spiciness! First the tenders take a swim in a hot sauce and egg mixture. Next, they roll in a mixture of almond flour, parmesan mixture with spices like garlic, chili powder, and cayenne.

Finally, they bake to golden perfection. Baking adds crunch to the coating without the mess and greasiness of frying, or the expense of an air fryer.

Bite through that spicy coating to enjoy moist, tender chicken. 

 Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-ready to eat!

The Inspiration

These chicken tenders were inspired by buffalo chicken wings on the menu of every restaurant! I love buffalo chicken wings, but, hey, sometimes I’m just too lazy to eat around all of those bones. 

So, the laziness in me decided to use chicken tenders instead. Then, I was craving fried chicken, so I thought, “Hey, what would happen if I crossed buffalo chicken wings with fried chicken?”

Sometimes, I get inspiration without even realizing it. I think these chicken tenders from Step Away from the Carbs found a place in the back of my mind and may have contributed to my craving for fried chicken. I mean, how can one not dream about those?

 Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-one shown dipped in dressing.

Tips and tricks

If you don’t have chicken tenders, you could easily use chicken breasts in this recipe. Simply cut them into strips that are about the same size as chicken tenders. 

You can also use this recipe to make smaller, bite-sized pieces. You may need to adjust the baking time, however. The smaller the piece, the faster they will bake.

If you follow this recipe exactly, I would describe the heat-level of these low-carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders as medium-high. You can adjust the heat level by increasing or decreasing the amount of hot sauce in the egg mixture, or the amount of cayenne pepper in the cheese mixture. 

 Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-Dipped in blue cheese dressing

Final words

These chicken tenders make an easy appetizer for game day, but are filling enough to use as a whole meal. Serve them up with some stalks of celery and a bowl of your favorite ranch or my blue cheese dressing to complement their spiciness. Enjoy!

-Annissa

These easy Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders boast a crunchy, spicy coating. These mouthwatering morsels can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Banting diet.

 

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Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These easy Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders boast a crunchy, spicy coating. These mouthwatering morsels can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Banting diet.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano finely grated (almost to a powder)
  • 1/4 cup super fine almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º Fahrenheit. Prepare a broiling pan with a rack by wiping with coconut oil or other oil of preference. A baking tray with a rack may be used as well.

  2.  In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and the hot sauce. Set aside.

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-wet ingredients in a bowl.
  3. In a second small mixing bowl, whisk together the pecorino romano, almond flour, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and sea salt.

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-dry ingredients in a bowl
  4. One by one, dip the chicken strips in the egg mixture. Turn to coat.

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-dipping in egg
  5. Then, dip the egg coated strip in the spicy coating, turning to coat and pressing down slightly if necessary. 

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-dipping in the cheese mixture
  6. Place coated chicken strip on the prepared baking tray. Repeat for the rest of the strips. 

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-ready for baking
  7. Bake the strips in the top third of the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165º Fahrenheit. Turn the oven to the broil setting. Broil the chicken for 1-3 minutes or until the coating turns golden and crispy.

    Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders-on a serving plate

Recipe Notes

Net carbs per serving= 3 grams

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 715mg31%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 700%14%
Vitamin C 1.7%2%
Calcium 110%11%
Iron 1.6%9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.