Almond Encrusted Chicken

Just because you eat Paleo does not mean that food needs to be bland or boring! On the contrary, you can get very creative with normal every day dinners, such as regular chicken breasts. All you need are a few nuts, a few spices, and you will have a savory flavorful chicken dinner in under 30 minutes.


4 chicken breasts

1 1/2 cups of unsalted almonds

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/8 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ground paprika

1/8 tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

2 eggs

4 tsp of olive oil, bacon fat, or your choice of cooking oil


In a food processor coarse grind the almonds. You do not want any large pieces but you do not want to turn it into a fine dust either.

Now add the spices and lightly process the almond mixture again until the herbs and spices have disappeared from view and are blended well throughout.

Place the almond mixture into a medium sized mixing bowl.

Place the two eggs in a separate medium sized mixing bowl and whisk the eggs.

Heat a large frying pan on medium heat with the 2 tsp of cooking oil.

Dip a single chicken breast into the egg wash, making sure to press the breast into the egg. Then flip the chicken breast and repeat.

Add the egg washed chicken breast to the almond mixture bowl and press it to ensure good coverage. Flip the chicken breast over and repeat.

Repeat the egg wash and almond mixture dipping process for the remaining chicken breasts.

Add the chicken breasts to the frying pan and cover.

Cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Uncover the pan then add the additional 2 tsp of cooking oil.

Carefully flip the chicken breasts and cover the pan.

Continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes (or until cooked thoroughly) and remove from heat.

Paired with my Dill & Ginger Sautéed Carrots in the picture above. Find the recipe here!


      • HI Willie,
        I just noticed your question, so sorry for the delay in answering. I made roasted squash and a salad to go with the chicken…also added some diced bacon when I sautéed the chicken.. My husband is not paleo, so I made rice for him.( He does not love squash. ) Unbeknownst to him, I once made us a risotto with onions and mushrooms, only it was really made with shredded cauliflower , not rice. He loved it so I decided to not tell him it wasn’t rice. Now it will be our little secret.

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