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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

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


*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.