Crispy Chicken Dippers

The other day, meaning yesterday, I was craving chicken strips. So that’s what I made. And dipped them in Maple Mustard Sauce. It was wonderful. Since two days ago, I’ve been craving chinese food. So I’ll probably be heading to one of my favorite cookbooks, Gather, for some chinese food tonight.

Speaking of cookbooks, a random winner was picked from my cookbook giveaway. I contacted her and she emailed back right away. So if you didn’t get my email, it wasn’t you. I’m sorry little love bug. But in about a month, I’ll be doing an even more exciting giveaway. So stay tuned!

I totally want to see the movie Labor Day…but I think it may be a tear jerker. I have a love-hate relationship with tear jerkers. I also want to see the movie Lone Survivor. That also looks like I’ll probably cry through the whole movie.

What’s up with people being rude on instagram? I’ll post a picture of something and they will say ‘omg, that looks disgusting’ (ps I’m saying that in a super annoying voice as I type it). I understand you have a right to an opinion and freedom of speech, but when you’re typing on your little smart phone, behind your little screen with no one to actually confront, that does not make you brave and bold and opinionated. That makes you a p*ssy. Straight up. It’s so easy to be rude over the internet and over our phones nowadays. So easy to bash other’s for their work. But then we don’t have to take any responsibility for our actions. So, Facebook/instagram/twitter angry person, your opinion doesn’t make you cool, it makes you a mean person. Even behind that little avatar of yours. And mean avatars totally don’t get delicious paleo treats made for them. Just a fact.

Moving on from mean people. This week is almost over!! Yayyyy!! I have so many plans for the weekend. Like seeing movies. And going to a showing of a home. They want a renter to move in Feb. 1st, which isn’t something I can’t do, so I’m hoping they just fall in love with me and let me move in later. Which is something that won’t happen. I’m guessing they have at least 20 renters who can move in earlier than I can. But a girl can dream, right? Keep your fingers crossed for me. Pretty please.


Crispy Chicken Dippers

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips (your choice is size)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil, for greasing pan
  • Maple Mustard Paleo Chef Sauce (for dipping)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken into strips.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg. In another shallow bowl, mix together coconut, almond flour and salt.
  4. Dredge chicken strips in the whisked egg, then straight to the coconut mixture. Coat on all sides then place on a plate. Repeat with all chicken strips.
  5. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two to the pan. Once the pan is super hot, add the strips to the pan without crowding it. Cook for about 1 minute on both sides. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches depending how big the strips are.
  6. Place the strips on a cooling rack that has been placed on top of a baking sheet. This will help the chicken strips cook on both sides without getting soggy. If you don’t have a cooling sheet, you will just have to flip them half way through the baking.
  7. Place baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until no pink remains inside the chicken.
  8. Let cool on baking sheet before serving. Dip them into maple mustard sauce!

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125 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken Dippers”

  1. That looks disgusting! JK! Those look great! Everything you make looks great! Can’t wait to make them for the kiddos!

    1. Hahaha, Becky your comment had me laughing out loud! Made these last night and they were super yummy. Do you think these could just be done in the oven, without pan searing first?

  2. Juli, sorry about the haters. And this doesn’t look disgusting. Plan on making these bad boys, along with many other of your recipes, this weekend for my Paleo girls night.
    Quick question- do they have a strong coconut flavor because of the shredded coconut? I use coconut flour and flakes, but I’m afraid the shredded coconut might be really sweet with the chicken. Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. honestly, i didn’t think so. but i’m biased because i like coconut. if you use unsweetened shredded coconut, it doesn’t give off a very sweet flavor.

  3. How yummy and tasty do these look!! If someone doesn’t think they look like a healthy version… Well they are just dumb and live a bored life! Thank you for taking the time to share with us..! I will make these for my dairy free wild children.

  4. I love love love this!!!! My kids love chicken nuggets so hopefully I can get them to eat these!!! I don’t understand those Instagram haters either??? Why follow a person if you are just going to be rude or ignorant?

  5. Would it be possible to make these with coconut flour instead of almond flour? that is all i have at home at the moment and those look sooo good.


  6. These look great! I cannot wait to make them. I agree people can be so rude, and seriously why? We haven’t stopped talking about the spaghetti squash pie. I honestly think its just as good as lasagna and that is a BOLD statement! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. My husband and I just started eating Paleo on New Year’s Day and your recipes have made it much easier than we thought it was going to be!

  7. I have never thought that anything you made looks disgusting, everything you make always makes me hungry. Especially these, I’m a sucker for chicken strips!

  8. I appreciate how your photos are not “perfect”…the sauce has dripped down the side of the ramekin and you left it for the photo. Groovy.

    Have you tried Steve’s Wing Sauce? If so, is it good? Hot?

  9. So excited to make these! My parents taught me that, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say anything.” I think a lot of people have forgotten this when using the Internet and social media.

  10. Will any other flour work in place of the almond? Nut allergy at our house! But I have also been really wanting some nugget/tenderish food lately.

  11. I follow you on instagram and have been surprised by all the haters, too. Stupid people are everywhere, even hiding behind smartphone screens, I guess. I can’t wait to try out this recipe! I’ve had issues with the crust sticking on other “nuggets” or strips.

  12. I hope you get some kind of kick-back for sharing your favorite Paleo products because every time you do, I go online and order WAY to much! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  13. I hope you get some kind of kick-back for sharing your favorite Paleo products because every time you do, I go online and order WAY to much! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  14. I am one of those weird people who hates certain textures, and coconut shavings is the worst of the worst in my texture book. Love the flavor, hate the stringy soft crunch. *cringe* These look delicious though and will probably help calm down my need to drive through [insert local fast food haven that serves fried chicken strips] and order them. It’s my first week transitioning into Paleo, and so far I’m loving it…but I also love carbs, so anything to subdue those cravings is awesome! Any advice on what to use besides coconut shavings that would still give it that crunch? Thanks!

    p.s. obsessed with your blog & Instagram! Keep on keepin’ on girl! Rude people…”Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”

    1. I put my coconut in a food processor to get a finer texture and it works great! I add the almond flour to it as well so I get a nice mix. It helps with the stringy texture of the cocount 🙂

  15. Those do look good! Going to try them next week. I agree– people can be so rude online and say things they’d probably never say IRL. Your little rant had me laughing out loud, though. Your site is my favorite for paleo stuff. I like how you are sincere and real– it’s a lot easier than reading the blogs where they seem perfect and perfectly paleo all. the. time. Reading posts like that all the time is kind of discouraging, you know?

  16. I saw this recipe this morning, and JUST made them!!! Absolutely delicious! I love all of your recipes! Don’t listen to the Negative Nancy’s out there 🙂

  17. I’m fascinated by the idea of using coconut (partially) to bread chicken fingers. I have got to try these.

    Also, I don’t follow you on instagram, but…why are people so RUDE? Gah. Civility is dead.

  18. I’ve made these before, except put my shavings in the food processor first, briefly, to make them smaller. The smaller they are, the less you can taste them. So for the people wondering .. Or who don’t like coconut,… Try that method. 🙂

  19. Amen sister!!! Social media and email has created a huge stage for bullies to intimidate from!! Yikes! Most of our mothers taught us “if you don’t have something nice to say…
    Thanks for the recipe, looks yum yum!!

  20. These look yummy, my family would love them. Question though, why the fry then bake? Could you just go straight to baking? I suppose the frying could help make them crispier (is that even a word?). Just curious. Thanks!

  21. I am loving your 5 ingredients or less recipes. I think that could be a new series on your blog. 🙂 Happy Weekend Home Hunting!

  22. Totally want to make these for lunches. Looks quick and easy!
    About those haters on IG or FB… BLOCK THEM! That way they can never do that again and see what other great things you have!

  23. These look awesome… and I was totally stoked about how few ingredients the recipe entailed and even more stoked that I had all of them already (because that basically never happens). Until I opened my freezer and realized (gasp) I had no chicken. Who doesn’t have frozen chicken in their freezer. That should be a sin. Anyways, I do have fish! Any thoughts for adjusting the recipe to make Paleo Fish Stick Dipper Things?

  24. These look really good. I have used coconut flour in place of almond for breading if you’re trying to avoid too much nut flours, just don’t use as much. For those who want a dipping sauce like now…mix homemade mayo with some honey(or maple syrup) and some mustard, voila!

  25. Hi Juli,
    I’m also in the Denver area and I went to my local Sprouts yesterday only to not find that Paleo Chef Sauce. Can you tell me where you find yours? I’m hoping to not have to order it online. Thanks!

  26. Well these looks dee-licious. They remind me of the chicken nuggets that I used to eat by the box when I was little. Too bad I can’t dip them in that amazing maple mustard sauce bc I’m on the 21dsd! I will definitely have to try it after 🙂

  27. I always follow but never comment. Props on the more than deserved use of the P word for the techie bullies. So much Awesomeness.

  28. Don’t listen to those haters. They are just jealous of your impeccable cooking skills! I literally make something off your website every freaken day! You make recipes easy and super yummy. Your my go to paleo girl. I direct all my friends to your page!!!

  29. Omg! Lone Survivor was incredible but I definitely cried my way through it. I also lost it all over again when I figured out that movie Murphy and WOD Murph were the same thing – that was my first hero WOD at my old box and the whole thing was SO killer. You should go see it 🙂 It is worth the tears.

  30. I’ve already made it twice since Thursday! I shared the leftovers from the first batch with my daughter and she was asking for it again yesterday. Love your recipes and this site.

  31. Just made these for the niners game and they were delicious! We used a honey mustard sauce instead and paired it with some sweet potato fries. It was a big hit!

  32. Sooo for all of us only-es out there who may be trying to avoid excessive leftovers (and cooking every day), has anyone tried taking these to the frying stage, then putting them in the freezer and baking them at a later date?

  33. Holy h*ll these are SO good! Like probably too good. I think I ate half a pound of chicken. Good call on the Maple Mustard… my new favorite condiment.

    Already sent these to two of my friends 🙂 Can’t wait to make more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  34. My family LOVES your recipes! These are delicious. I didn’t have any almond flour so subbed in cashew meal and yum, yum, yum!! Thank you for being you! You are an inspiration to me!

  35. Thanks for the recipe. I just made these and the almond flour made them a little too nutty for my taste. I wonder if I could use arrowroot or tapioca flour next time?

  36. made these tonight – they were DELICIOUS !!!! I have a toddler that ONLY eats chicken fingers – it is so hard to not devour them when he refuses to eat — these were so crispy and tender ! Little guy still ran screaming into the other room – but my husband and I enjoyed them very much !

  37. These were delicious…two for two lady! First the five ingredient pizza bake and now these little guys. I’m contemplating the 5 ingredient cauliflower bake, but the one time I used cauliflower as a fake (mashed cali), I was super disappointed.

  38. Paleo needs to pick up in the UK for suppliers to jump on the band wagon. There’s no sauces or marinades over here and when I looked at shipping from the states……. Wow.. $100. Gonna have to look at another dip idea. Apart from that this looks great. Big love from your secret UK love interest 😀 xx

    1. I didnt have any of that dip on hand either so i just threw mustard, mayo, honey, maple syrup and bourbon together until it tasted good. Im not sure if bourbon is paleo – but it was from Breckenridge and made from snowmelt so that has to count or something. Im also not sure if bourbon is in the UK so this comment probably helps you ZERO

  39. First I LOVE your posts and site. I just made your simple blueberry muffins tonight and – now I know why you’re site is called Paleo “OMG”. DELISH! Second- I’ve made these several times before..almost just like your recipe- but to give them a more savory taste, I’ve added a bit of sea salt, onion powder, granulated garlic, and thyme. Put the coconut and almond flour / meal in the food processor with the spices and ground them all up to make a “bread crumb” like mixture. And I sprinkle them with just a touch of smoked paprika. They are outta this world with the spices 🙂

    1. Ooh good idea! I usually toss my brussel sprouts in those same spices, I’m gonna have to try them next time on my chicken strips!

  40. Love your site! Just happened upon it as I was planning dinner for tonight. These little chicken dippers look wonderful and I’m thinkin that they will be perfect for din-din!
    So anyways, I was reading your post and I don’t know if you have seen Lone Survivor yet but… HOLY SMOKES! Don’t worry, I sobbed through the whole thing. I’m not talking a few tears, I’m talking like I was sufficiently dehydrated after. It is so sad and incredible all at the same time. So, just a word to the wise, I would maybe wait till you can watch it at home. Hope you have a lovely day! Signing off to go buy my ingredients :0)

  41. I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful recipe. I just made this for the second time and having yet another way to cook paleo-friendly foodstuffs that my husband will eat helps my dietary goals tremendously. So, thank you. So much. 🙂

  42. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. My husband loved it and requested that we make it again for the Super Bowl when friends will watch the game with us. I also made the sauce with mustard, honey, vinegar, and olive oil because I’m allergic to maple syrup and it was perfect!
    Please continue to come up with amazing recipes that everybody loves.

  43. My friends just referred me to your site and I’m ecstatic! You are an effing genius and hilarious! I die! Thanks for sharing your love (and hate) for CF!

  44. Sadly, I’ll have to find an alternative for dipping. Shipping costs to Hawai’i suck big time ($16.25 to ship a $6 bottle of sauce? lolnope). The chicken strips themselves look amazing, though! Can’t wait to try ’em.

  45. I made these and just LOVE them! My only problem and I think it may be my dredging skills. I can’t get the almond flour and coconut to stick well….. I dunk it right into the eggs. I don’t get it :}
    Ps my iPhone won’t let me rate but 5 STARS

  46. SO good! Pretty sure I just overdosed on chicken. Perfectly crispy on the outside and JUICY on the inside. Thank you Julie!!! New favorite.

  47. Yum! Wondering if these would work well to make ahead and then heat in oven from frozen..for my poor, chicken-nugget-lunch neglected children 🙂 I plan to experiment but any thoughts for adjustments??

  48. Thanks for sharing! I crave fried chicken regularly! Could I use ground flax meal in place of the almond flour? Thanks!

  49. Amazing!! Just made these (I suck at cooking btw) and they turned out amazing!!! Your recipe is perfect, I didn’t burn them or undercook them lol. I might eat the whole pan!! Thank you!!! My phone is not letting me rate this five stars, so I’ll rate it 10!

  50. These were such a great alternative for breaded chicken strips! I have been looking for recipes that involve more coconut! 🙂

  51. These were yummy! I made them a second time but skipped the coconut and added paprika, oregano, salt and pepper for a more savory taste. They were excellent. Great dipped in marinara sauce.

  52. These are incredible!!! I make them almost every weekend at our ski house for my fiancé and our friends and they LOVE them!

  53. This is the best Paleo chicken crisps recipe I have found. Overall you have an amazing site, and it’s keeping me healthy. Thank you

  54. Absolutely LOVED these. I am new to the Paleo lifestyle and eager to try new recipes. I made about 3lbs of these for my family of 6, hoping to have leftovers for lunches. My 16 y/o son ate 15 by himself. I’m making them again tonight but making more now that I know how many he is going to eat. Btw, you are my “go to” first person when I’m looking for new recipes. You have a wonderful grasp on how to make everything tasty substituting out grains and dairy. I appreciate your hard work. I’m a true benefactor!

  55. Best recipe for chicken fingers, they are amazing. Thank you I love trying your recipes 🙂

  56. Just made these for the second time, and there were so delicious (again). I sub Trader Joe’s cashew meal for the almond meal, since it’s what I have on hand. And I made my own honey mustard dipping sauce:

    Combine equal parts homemade mayo, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and dijon in a small mason jar and shake. Salt and pepper to taste. One Tbsp ratios made enough for 2 servings.

    Thanks for all you do!

    1. i’m not sure, i haven’t tried. i don’t know if it would burn quicker with the sugar content but i wouldn’t think so

  57. Can i find the sauce in a store somewhere? Im in CO also, so didnt know if you’ve found it around anywhere 🙂

  58. Made these for lunch today for me and my boyfriend. We both really enjoyed them. 🙂

    I was almost going to skip frying them and put them straight in the oven, but I’m glad I didn’t because I really liked the crispiness from the frying.

  59. Where’s your homemade honey mustard? I made this before, n I thought a homemade mustard was part of it? It was fantastic!

  60. These are SO good. It’s like paleo bar food. I’ve made them three times now and each time I add different seasonings to the almond flour. You can put anything in there and it tastes great. Such a good idea, and kids would totally eat it too (I’m gonna have one soon so I think about these things).

  61. These are so tasty! Thanks for the recipe! For the non coconut lovers in the house I do half the batch with flax meal (1/4 cup) mixed with the almond meal. It gives it a whole grain feel and taste.

  62. Can I use coconut flour in place of shredded coconut? Also, do I have to use coconut? I don’t like it all that much outside oil and desserts.

  63. I’ve been craving chicken fingers and I love this recipe! The coconut gives them a nice crisp breading. Great recipe!

  64. Hmm, I loved the look of these but found I had to cook them WAYYYY longer in the oven than 10-12 minutes. It took almost 30 minutes for the internal temp to come up to 165*. I was surprised because I purposely cut them up very thin, too. They were pretty dry by that point. Has anyone else had this problem and any good solutions?

  65. This was great! I added a flour slurry to thicken the sauce a little (just personal preference). I also added yakisoba noodles and a broccoli stir fry veggie mix to make it into a very good stir fry. The pepper flakes give it just a tiny bit of bite.

  66. Hey I eat paleo but my boyfriend doesn’t but we just made this and it has to be the best chicken we have ever made and he even loved it. the shredded coconut is what made this recipe so freaking delicious I think. So good!!!

  67. I made these and they were great. I made so many (just for me), that I let some go cold. I think they could be great with a salad or on a picnic in the summer.
    The U.K isn’t really geared up to Paleo yet, so all my recipes come from the Internet. Some aren’t that great, but this one is a definite keeper. Many thanks.

  68. Juli, these are amazing ! I make these almost every week and my family and I love them . Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  69. Just found this and all I can say is….OMFG delicious! I love you and I love every single thing you do!!!!! Marry me? Even though I’m totally straight & engaged….Lmfao xo, Gia

  70. I tweaked the recipe by using Palm shortening to fry them in a cast iron skillet (no oven as I was making sweet potato fries) and the kids enjoyed them. Was lazy and just mixed Dijon mustard and maple syrup together for the sauce. Delicious!!

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