Whole30 + Paleo + Keto Chili Lime Chicken Tenders with Avocado Ranch
A crispy Chili Lime Air Fryer Chicken Tenders dipped in Avocado Ranch that is family approved and yummy. This recipe is Whole30, Paleo, Keto, and Gluten-Free.
I love making a meal that the whole family loves, including my 4-year-old. I will put these on the menu at least once a week along with serving at family gatherings and parties. They are the perfect quick and comforting dinner and will also serve as a great appetizer dish.
What’s the key to getting these tenders crispy in the air fryer?
The key to getting a nice crisp on the chicken tenders is,
- Spray the chicken tenders with olive oil cooking spray.
- Make sure there is room between each tender. (This is crucial for getting a good crisp)
- Shaking the basket ever 10 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly.
- Increasing the temperature the last 5 minutes.
Is an air fryer a must-have kitchen gadget?
I can’t say YES enough for this question. My air fryer is on the top of my list even above the Instant Pot. I love it because it cooks anything quickly and evenly.
Can I make these crispy tenders in the oven instead of the air fryer?
Yes, I have added the oven method below in the instructions. I find that it gets more crispy in the air fryer but you can get a good crispy from the oven also.
What is Tajin and where can I buy it?
Tajin is a great seasoning that adds so much flavor. You can find this seasoning in the ethnic food section in Walmart (It is used in a lot of authentic Mexican dishes). You can also grab this here off Amazon. I also add this to fruit and it really makes it explode with flavor. It is best on pineapple and watermelon.
How long does the Avocado Ranch stay good in the fridge?
For my Avocado Ranch I suggest using the same day. I have found if I leave it in the fridge overnight, it will become brown and have a weird taste. For maximum taste and texture, use within one day.
Can you freeze these tenders after they are cooked?
Yes. These are great to make ahead in a big batch and freeze in a freezer proof container. Anytime I make these I will make a double batch and freeze for easy grab and go meals on a busy weeknight. It takes no time at all to throw in the oven or air fryer to heat up.
How can you serve these tenders for the whole family?
I always make one meal and serve it in a different way for my 4 year old. My number one rule is that I will only cook one meal and not 2 separate meals for my kids. I love recreating my recipes/meals in a kid friendly way. Here is an example of how I serve these tenders in a way in which the whole family enjoys.
How are these crispy tenders not considered SWYPO on Whole30?
This recipe is absolutely Whole30, Keto and Paleo compliant. As long as you aren’t eating these tenders to satisfy an emotional craving or need, then you are good to go. If this type of meal sparks unhealthy behaviors or thinking patterns, then I suggest not eating them on a Whole30. I do not have an emotional attachment to crispy tenders and can eat the recommended serving size and be content. If these are a trigger for you, then make the choice to steer clear for the duration of your Whole30. Be self aware and make an adult decision based on your needs.
According to Melissa Hartwig, “In addition, context matters. For example, the amazing fried chicken in Paleo Comfort Foods is a perfectly appropriate (and delicious) dinner choice while on your Whole30. However, if you’re coming off a wicked addiction to KFC, perhaps this creation isn’t the best choice for you during your program. Make sense?” Read more about SWYPO here
This Avocado Ranch is so amazing to have in the fridge for an easy condiment that will add flavor to protein, veggies and even for dipping.
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