1. Trim fat from chicken breasts and cut each into 4 pieces. With a mallet, pound each piece between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick.
2. In a bowl, combine salt, soy sauce, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, the brandy, baking soda, and 2 tbsp. water. Add chicken and stir to coat. Let sit 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. In the same bowl, stir in remaining 3 tbsp. cornstarch and the eggs until well blended. Mix in chicken to coat.
3. In a 12-in. frying pan, heat 1/2 in. oil over medium-high heat. Spread almonds on a cutting board. Press chicken into nuts, coating both sides evenly, then lay chicken in oil. Cook until browned, turning once, 4 to 8 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.