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Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Yields1 Serving

Baked pecan-crusted chicken tenders are a delicious (and nutritious) twist on a family favorite! Simple to make, this recipe will become a go-to weeknight family dinner dish. And serve alongside this buttermilk ranch dip if you’d like for even more flavor!

 1 ½ lbs chicken breast tenders or chicken strips
 2 cups raw pecan halves or pieces
 1 cup panko (or gluten free bread crumbs)
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ¼ tsp cayenne
 1 tsp salt
 1 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten free flour blend)
 3 large eggs
 Buttermilk Ranch Dip (optional)
 ¼ cup buttermilk
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 ½ cup sour cream
 1 tsp parsley
 1 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp dried dill
 ½ tsp salt
1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2

In a food processor, pulse pecans until fine as breadcrumbs. Mix pecans along with panko, garlic powder, cayenne and salt in a shallow bowl.

3

In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. And finally, in a third shallow bowl add flour.

4

Lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dip in eggs, flour, eggs and then pecan mixture. (be sure to press the pecan mixture onto the chicken to be sure it is completely coated.) Set chicken on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken.

5

Place chicken on center rack and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.

6

While chicken is baking prepare buttermilk ranch dressing by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and whisking until smooth.

7

Serve pecan-crusted chicken tenders warm. If desired, pair with with buttermilk ranch dip.

8

*Nutritional do not account for buttermilk ranch dip

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 3.5g18%
Sodium 540mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 14g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.