Porch meals are important to us. Summers at the lake are spent on the screened in porch for meals, reading, games and sleeping. That is why I am so glad that the house we are renting in Florida for the Winter has a very comfortable porch.
We have had a few cool days, but for the most part eating on the porch has been a part of our days. I have even been able to grow pots of sage, basil and rosemary. Simple meals have been the rule. The Almond Chicken Tenderloins came from Joanna Gaines new cookbook, Magnolia Table. It is basically chicken fingers but with a flavorful difference. We have been using a lot of almond flour because David is on a low carb diet. Joanna uses a mixture of almond flour and regular flour in her recipe. I tweeked it to include mostly almond flour. The other difference is the sliced almond sauce drizzled over the top of the tenders. It is buttery and lemony; a perfect combination.
I served the chicken with my Zoodle Mixed Salad. Publix Supermarkets now sells Zucchini ribbons in the produce aisle. We will return to Lake Lure the first of April. It may be too early then for porch meals, but I could also enjoy this simple fare in front of the fireplace.
ALMOND CHICKEN TENDERLOINS
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pound chicken tenders
1 1/2 tsps. kosher salt
8 Tbls. butter
4 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbls. Chopped parsley or spring onions for garnish
On a plate, stir together both flours, the garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning and pepper.
Season the tenders with the salt, then coat evenly in the flour mixture, pressing to help adhere. Set aside in a single layer.
In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add half of the tenders in a single layer, taking car to not crowd them in the pan. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, flip once with tongs, and cook the other side until golden brown and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Watch them carefully because they can scorch easily. Transfer to a serving platter and tent with foil to deep them warm.
Wipe out the skillet if any of the flour mixture has scorched.
Repeat with 2 tablespoons butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and the remaining chicken. Transfer to the platter. Wipe out the skillet.
Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in the skillet over medium heat. When the butter is foaming, stir in the almonds and cook until golden, stirring often, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Pour over the chicken.
Sprinkle the parsley or spring onions over the top and serve warm.