Dairy Free & Egg Free (Grain-Free Option!) Chicken ‘Parm’ & Sneaky Chef Review

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I was recently given the chance  to sample a new line of foods produced by The Sneaky Chef herself, Missy Chase Lapine.  I was sent two products, Smooth Red Pasta Sauce and No-Nut Butter.

Pasta Sauce - Smooth Red

I was impressed with the innovative No-Nut Butter…made from golden peas.  The texture reminded me of a Jiff-style peanut butter, and the flavor was nutty and pleasing, both my sister and I really liked it.  It baked very well into all baked goods too!  My concern was the lower protein (3g) and fiber (1g) content as compared to our sunflower seed butter.  Canola & palm oils, as well as powdered sugar are also used which our family tries to avoid!

The Smooth Red Pasta was a HUGE hit with everyone.  I especially loved the ingredients list…ALL VEGGIES, and LOTS of them!  Check out this ingredient list:

Ingredients: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Sweet Potato Juice Concentrate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Carrot Puree, Sweet Potato Puree (Sweet Potato, Water), Red Bell Pepper Puree, Cauliflower Puree (Cauliflower, Water), Zucchini Puree, Onion Puree, Celery Puree, Sea Salt, Garlic, Squash Puree, Spices, Dried Onion, Citric Acid

Super tasty and flavorful, this is a sauce I will be buying when I find it in my stores!

Without further ado, here is your Chicken ‘Parmesan’ recipe!  This breading technique can be used with any meat.  Don’t be intimidated with what looks like a long recipe.  This is really super easy to throw together!  30 minutes and on the table!

INGREDIENT NOTE: Make your own breadcrumbs!   Gluten free or grain free breads are pricey, and none of the kids will eat the heels.  Rather than throw them away, I store them in a Ziploc in the freezer.  And when I create  gluten free vegan bread FAIL, that goes in too!  When I accumulate enough, I whir the whole bit (defrosted and torn into bits) in the food processor and whir into fine crumbs (see below).  I use these fresh, as is.  They need to be stored in the freezer as they are not dried out and toasted and will mold in the pantry.

ChickenParm Steps

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Dairy Free & Egg Free Chicken 'Parm'
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound boneless skinless thighs or breasts, pounded to ½" thick
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (a reader used almond flour with success!)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup tapioca starch (or any light flavored flour)
  • ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or 1 egg
  • 1 cup favorite spaghetti sauce
  • ½ cup Daiya Cheese Mozzarella Shreds, or parmesan
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pound your chicken pieces to a uniform ½" thick...this is key to quick and even cooking (see picture above).
  3. As long as all your remaining ingredients are cued, preheat your pan over medium heat....cast iron and stainless steel will give you the best, most crunchy texture.
  4. Meanwhile, place a ½ cup of tapioca flour (or other) on a plate, set aside
  5. In a bowl, whisk the non-dairy milk and olive olive until slightly emulsified, set aside.
  6. In another bowl, or on a plate, mix together the bread crumbs and all the seasonings.
  7. Now your ready for your assembly line (see picture above). I like to set all my containers to the side of preheated pans so I can move the breaded pieces right into the pan.
  8. Add a tablespoon of preferred fat to the awaiting pan, then begin your breading process.
  9. Dredge a piece of chicken in the tapioca flour, shake of excess.
  10. Dredge in the milk & olive oil emulsion.
  11. Continue with the breadcrumbs, pressing firmly on both sides to get as many crumbs stuck on there as possible.
  12. Cook chicken pieces until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  13. Place chicken in an 11 x 17 baking pan or a a cookie sheet.
  14. Drizzle each piece with a few tablespoons of sauce, and top with a sprinkling of cheese.
  15. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese and heat the sauce through.
  16. Enjoy!



This recipe was shared with Make Your Own Monday, Natural Living Monday, Motivation Monday, Mostly Homemade Monday, Tasteful Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,Hearth & Soul, Traditional Tuesday, Organic Aspirations, Tuesday Greens,GF Wednesday,Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Well-Fed Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Wheat Free Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, GF Fridays, Whole Foods Friday,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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11 comments on “Dairy Free & Egg Free (Grain-Free Option!) Chicken ‘Parm’ & Sneaky Chef Review
  1. Amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    Looks amazing! LOVE chicken parm. And I just received my pasta sauce yesterday. :-) Looking forward to trying it too. I love how you used it with this recipe. Looks great.

  2. Eva says:

    These were fab! Of course I didn’t have any breadcrumbs, so I substituted Almond Flour for the breading! Turned out like the real thing!!! Yum! Thanks Tessa!

  3. Andrea says:

    Ooh, the spaghetti sauce sounds wonderful, I am going to have to check out her line of products.

    The recipe also sounds incredible! Thank you for creating a gluten-free version. I am planning my first gluten-free week at my house, because I suspect my toddler has a gluten intolerance. This recipe is officially on my menu for the week!

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Tessa,
    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Love your allergy friendly version of this classic dish! Chicken Parmesan is one of my favourites. Your balanced review of the Sneaky Chef products was excellent too. I’ll keep any eye out for them when I’m next in the US :)

  6. Becky says:

    I like the spice combo with the bread crumbs. Thanks for sharing over on Tuesday Greens!

  7. Hannah says:

    I am interested in that sauce! Hope I can find it somewhere! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us last week at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you stop by again today!

  8. We really enjoyed the sauce as well. My kids LOVED it! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  9. oh goodness this is making my mouth water! yummo!

  10. KIRSTEN says:

    Delicious and easy to boot! I will definitely be putting this on the repeat list! Yumm!!!
    Love, your #1 fan :)

  11. helen says:

    Thanks you for the great recipes. This is my second attempt with your recipe. I try pumpkin creamy soup yesterday and everyone loves it. Hubby rave about it and he said what did I do different about this pumpkin soup. My chicken parmigiana is in the oven now and it looks delish and cant wait for the family to come home and savour it all. Thanks so much. Your recipe will be a regular and it will be an everyday meal for my family. Thanks very much :)

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