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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

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Shashi
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


  • Preheat the oven to 375
  • 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
  • Meanwhile, add the almonds to a blender and pulse till somewhat fine
  • Coat marinaded chicken with crushed almonds
  • Spread onto a foil lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes


Serving: 1g | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 39g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 405mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 17g
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  1. Addie says:

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. mommyinsports says:

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

  6. I firmly believe that using nuts to give fish or chicken a crust is way better than those bread crumb coat. They are way crunchier and tastier. And I am loving these chicken bites 😀

  7. Amila says:

    I think I can eat most of this chicken bites while watching a tv programme… 🙂 Looks amazing and perfect!

  8. helene dsouza says:

    That’s a rgeat movie night snack idea I hadn’t tried before. It looks simple enough and doesn’t seem to take up too much time.
    Yeah I am in awe too when I see or hear about people who suffered but are standing strong. Sometimes we all forget how human we are and that standing on our feet after a traumatic event isn’t that easy.

  9. What a kind hearted and generous woman. I’m sure she knows exactly what these other people are going through! Great idea crusting these with almonds too 😀

  10. Wait, you don’t want to eat this chicken with my waffles…. Did that come out wrong? lol

  11. Mira says:

    These almond crusted chicken bites sound amazing! Great idea to marinate them with yogurt! Definitely have to try them, so easy and creative 🙂

  12. hotlyspiced says:

    Even though your cupboard was bare, you still created an interesting and tasty dish. Thank goodness you were sent those almonds! And how terrible to have burns from such a young age – very tragic but I’m glad to hear she’s doing well xx

  13. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    I love almond crusted chicken and your use of those two awesome sounding nuts really takes this to the next level! Such a flavor packed recipe!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Sonali – those wasabi soy sauce almonds had an incredible kick – I used the smokehouse to tone them down some and they balanced each other out 🙂

  14. I love marinating chicken in yogurt! And the nut coating looks phenomenal!!!

  15. I love how you used Greek yogurt to get the coating to stick – and the flavored almonds sound fantastic!

  16. Ashley says:

    I loveeee crusting chicken in nuts! This sounds fantastic – especially with that yogurt / paprika mixture!

  17. I would love this dish. Chicken-y and crusty and delicious!

  18. Such a simple but delicious chicken dish – I saw a similar recipe just a couple of days back and decided to make it for my brother – now I definitely will, you have reinforced that notion 😀

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  19. spicedblog says:

    What a fun (and easy) chicken recipe, Shashi…I’m totally digging it! I love that you used 2 flavors of almonds in here, too. So if this is your homegating recipe….that means that your daughter convinced you to watch the Super Bowl! Way to go, lil Shashi! 🙂

  20. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, I hadn’t read that story before. . I love inspirational real life stories like that! and love using different things to coat and bread chicken. . love this!! Wow, I’ve got to try the Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds!!! yummmmm!!

    • Shashi says:

      I am so glad you liked that story – it has been one of my favs! And that Wasabi and Soy Sauce flavored almonds are the best! Thanks so much Alice!

  21. Kim says:

    Yum – this looks awesome!! We eat lots of chicken and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. Can’t wait to get all the ingredients and make this one.

  22. I used blue diamond honey vanilla almond to crust my chicken, haha! nut crusted chicken is so good though!

  23. These look amaaaaazing, Shashi! And I love the delicious simplicity of them! I’ve only ever tried coating chicken with almonds once, but it was the (I can’t believe I just said that…) I used regular almonds, so I imagine that the flavoured almonds would make things even more delicious. And your recent egg-less debacle sounds like the situation I’ve got going on right now 😉

  24. Oh my do these look amazing!?! All of that nutty crunch and so simple to prepare. Great recipe, Shashi!

  25. kiran says:

    I need these in my life. Right now. Make it 🙂

  26. I’m refusing to watch the game. As a Bronco fan, either one of the teams is appealing to us 🙂
    Of course that means that I can make it all about the food that day cos I doubt I’ll watch any of it 🙂
    These look great! Theyll go perfectly with ghe oven chips I plan to make. Love crunchy things on chicken 🙂

  27. kitchenriffs says:

    I love crusting things with almonds! Great dish — really nice recipe. And Blue Diamond does a good almond, don’t they? Thanks for this.

  28. Chris says:

    I order a dish of almond grusted grouper almost every time I go on vacation in the summer. I’ve never tried copying that with chicken.. but makes sense to me!

  29. I can taste this chicken through the screen and it tastes delicious!! MMMMM.

  30. Kelly says:

    These are such fun little bites! Love the almond coating, they sound fantastic with the yogurt marinade! Thanks for sharing the video too. Such an incredible woman!

  31. Great taste buds (or taste makers!) think alike! We have some similar recipes today, But I am loving that you marinated yours in yogurt instead of my dipping into it! Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      You sure are right – great tastemakers think alike indeed! 😉
      I so loved your pictures lady! I think you need to start up your own food photography skillz course!

  32. Joanne says:

    I love this innovative almond coating! The perfect amount of crunch.

  33. A fantastic recipe Shashi! 🙂

    And thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful video of hope in your post. I remember the first girl’s story, it was horrible news here, and it’s wonderful to see that she’s able to have the talents of Basma Hameed help her rebuild her life.

  34. These chicken snacks look so yummy – way better than chicken nuggets! Love all the fun Blue Diamond Almond flavors available!

  35. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    They look so crunchy and I love that marinade!

  36. cheri says:

    Hi Shashi, we prepare a halibut with ground pistachios, I bet this is delicious!

  37. Haha! That sounds like what happens in my kitchen…oh shoot I’m out of that…and that…and that too! These crusted chicken fingers look delicious!! I love the yogurt marinade! It’s almost like a tikka masala base, which I bet made it super tender. Yummm

    • Shashi says:

      Yes, Lindsey – definitely like a tikka base – and you bet – chicken was way tender than when I use egg whites – guess it was a good thing I was all out! 🙂

  38. jessielovestorun says:

    I don’t even care that it’s only 6:37 in the morning, I could lick that plate clean!!

  39. cottercrunch says:

    i’m about to go to bed and this caught my eye. craving set in and it’s not even game day! haha