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Air Fryer Gluten Free Chicken Strips Recipe

This gluten free chicken strips recipe is made in an air fryer for a healthy twist on the fried favorite. My kids can’t get enough of these and I love them because they are Paleo chicken strips and work well for my autoimmune conscious diet.



gluten free chicken strips made in an air fryer

Healthy Chicken Strips

In the past year I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and candida which means I had to go on a very strict diet. That has meant getting creative in the kitchen so my family can still enjoy old favorites, like chicken strips, but with a healthier recipe. This paleo chicken strips recipe has passed the “kid test” at our house and is actually their favorite of all my recipes. We make these on a regular basis. We initially were pan frying them in avocado oil, but we just got a new air fryer and we LOVE them even more in the air fryer. They are healthier without all the oil and they taste better too. Plus, it’s a lot easier to cook them in the air fryer.


Avalon Bay Air Fryer Chicken Strips


Why To Cook In An Air Fryer

If you haven’t tried an air fryer yet then you are certainly missing out! Growing up my family was big into deep frying foods for special occasions. Now that I am older and very health conscious I wanted to revisit some of my childhood favorites but in a healthier way. It’s hard to get the fried taste and texture in a healthy way. Once I discovered air fryers I realized I could recreate my favorite fried recipes in a much healthier way, but with that same crisp texture and taste, I love. An air fryer uses no oil but delivers crisp results and amazing taste. It’s the health conscious way to cook! Anything you’d make in an oven or deep fryer, you can make in an air fryer.


paleo chicken strips in an air fryer


Which Air Fryer Is Best?

We love the Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer because it has a large basket and features a stainless steel interior. This durable finish is easy to clean and remains odor-free, even after heavy use. Stainless steel also conducts heat better than cheaper plastic interiors, so food cooks up faster. A stainless steel air fryer is a notable upgrade over plastic versions.

I also love that even if you are brand new to using an air fryer, it’s easy and intuitive to use. The easy-to-read LCD display also allows you to choose preset options for the most popular foods, so you’ll be making delicious meals from the moment you plug it in. You can make so many different things in the air fryer, from chicken strips to green bean fries, you can do it all!


how to make gluten free paleo chicken strips recipe


How To Make Gluten Free Chicken Strips Recipe

With more and more people going gluten-free for health reasons, this recipe is great to have on hand. Even people who don’t avoid gluten will love this recipe and won’t notice a difference from the less-healthy version!


Healthy Chicken Strips Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins (not breasts!)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 large eggs, whisked


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Gluten Free Chicken Strips Recipe Instructions

Begin by combining the almond flour, tapioca starch, garlic salt, salt, Italian seasoning, and paprika in a shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs together in a separate shallow bowl. Dip each chicken tenderloin in the egg first and then coat in the almond flour mixture. Cook a single layer at a time, in the air fryer at 360 degrees F for 20 minutes. Once finished ensuring the inside is not pink and has cooked through. Repeat until all chicken strips are cooked.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. If you aren’t dairy-free then try this 21 day fix ranch recipe as it’s amazing. I also love to serve these with green bean fries which can be cooked in the air fryer as well.


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paleo chicken strips recipe

Healthy Gluten Free Chicken Strips Recipe

Sarah | Must Have Mom
These gluten free chicken strips are a healthy take on a classic. This recipe is paleo, dairy free, grain free and sugar free. Best of all, these are kid approved and a family favorite here!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 large eggs


  • Mix together almond flour, tapioca starch, garlic salt, salt, Italian seasoning, and paprika in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • Dip each chicken tenderloin in the egg then dip in the almond flour mixture to coat. Repeat with all the tenderloins.
  • Place the prepared chicken strips in a single layer in the basket of your Avalon Bay Digital Air Fryer. Cook for 20 minutes at 360 degrees F. Check for doneness (ensure no pink in center).
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or pair with sweet potato fries. 

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  1. I’ve been wanting to get an air fryer but haven’t gotten around to purchasing one yet. These chicken strips look so good. I need to get one soon.

  2. OH man those looks SO good! I am hungry and this looks like something I would wolf down! I don’t have an air fryer, but with recipes like this makes me want to buy one!

    1. We love ours! We tossed our deep fryer in favor of the healthier air fryer! I’d definitely recommend getting one 🙂

  3. These look so good. I have been looking for a good chicken strip recipe for my air fryer. I’ll be giving this one a try. I can’t wait to taste them.

  4. I haven’t used my air fryer yet on chicken recipes yet. I will try this. Tapioca starch sounds interesting. Gluten free seems like a healthy alternative

  5. I love finding better-for-you options! I don’t want my kids to miss out on “kid food,” but it can be so horrible for you! These chicken strips sound awesome!

  6. We recently purchased the Philips Airfryer XXl and we love it! Is there another option for tapioca starch? That’s not a common substance in our kitchen. Would corn starch work?
    Thank you 🙂

  7. How do these freeze? I usually like to make a big batch of chicken strips all at once and then pull them out of the freezer and microwave.

    1. I haven’t froze them but they should freeze fine. Just flash freeze on a sheet pan and then move to a bag once frozen.

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