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Almond Crusted Chicken

Marinating this almond-crusted chicken in a mixture of yogurt and paprika and lemon, makes it oh so moist and tender inside and crispy on the outside.

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands who support me in doing what I love!


This life can be pretty glorious, but every now and then, things don’t go according to plan and we end up being clobbered by lemons!

Of course, when that happens we try our best to simply pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and keep on going – till we reach those glorious bits and pieces again. And, reach them we do. In time.

Snack or Dinner?
Snack or Dinner?

Speaking of life’s lemons…

I came across this story yesterday (which I am sure y’all have already heard about), about this remarkable lady, who suffered serious burns in a fluke kitchen accident when she was a toddler. I must say I have been so in awe of how she not only picked herself up and dusted herself off, but in the way she stopped to help others along the way.

When she found permanent tattooing to be the answer she needed to cover up her scars, she decided to master it herself and start offering it to other burn victims; in the process, helping them pick themselves up, dust themselves off and reach their own glorious bits and pieces.

Chicken in a yogurt marinade with Paprika and lemon
Chicken in a yogurt marinade with Paprika and lemon

Speaking of glorious bits and pieces and things not going quite according to plan …. 

It had been a long day, and my daughter posed the infamous “mom, what’s for dinner question” and while I was thinking about it, I figured I would make us a quick snack – using the almonds I found on my doorstep, sent by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Blue Diamond Almonds Crushed to Coat Chicken

At first, I was going to toss them on a small salad – but, other than broccoli and beets, I was short on veggies. My daughter suggested a nut butter type dip with the two different kinds of Blue Diamond almonds – but we didn’t have anything to dip into the dip.

What we did have was defrosted chicken, so I figured I would pulverize the almonds and use them to coat the chicken, using egg as the glue – but – guess what? Yup – we were out of eggs (clearly I need to make a grocery store run)! But we had yogurt and a bag of lemons, so I ended up using them as a stand-in for the eggs and as a marinade – and – the resulting almond-crusted chicken bites were so good – we ended up making this our dinner – and what a glorious meal this was to end a crazy day with! 

These almond crusted chicken bites are definitely going to be on our homegating menu this weekend – maybe they will be on yours?


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Almond Crusted Chicken

Almond Crusted Chicken

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Marinating this almond crusted chicken in a mixture of yogurt and paprika and lemon,made it oh so moist and tender inside and crispy on the outside.


  • 2 free range chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 7 oz container Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste, if needed
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Mix the yogurt, paprika, lemon and salt and pepper together and add chicken to the mixture, making sure to coat the chicken pieces well - let sit
  3. Meanwhile, add the almonds to a blender and pulse till somewhat fine
  4. Coat marinaded chicken with crushed almonds
  5. Spread onto a foil lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes
Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 401Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 39gCholesterol 8mgSodium 405mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 10gSugar 17gProtein 25g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Friday 20th of March 2015

These look so simple and yummy! Love it, pinned it!

Chris @ Shared Appetite

Wednesday 4th of February 2015

Hahah love your dinner improv! The lack of eggs would have had me throwing in the towel. The yogurt and lemon sounds amazing AND so much better than eggs!


Monday 2nd of February 2015

What a clever use of Blue Diamond Almonds! I need to try this, Shashi!

Curry and Comfort

Monday 2nd of February 2015

I love Blue Diamond almonds... fell in love with those wasabi flavored ones. YUM!! What a great idea coating your chicken in them. :)


Saturday 31st of January 2015

This looks sooooo good! I love using almonds to coat chicken...have you ever tried cashews?! Happy to meet you via SITS.

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