Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Yogurt Dill Dip
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If you’re a modern-day parent like me, you’ve likely fed your kids–and yourself–a fair share of chicken tenders. For a delicious, nutritious twist to this often calorie- and fat-laden staple, culinary dietitian Michelle Dudash has whipped up her own unique version for her delectable–and practical–new cookbook, Clean Eating for Busy Families. These chicken tenders make a great lunch or dinner treat, whether served fresh from the oven or cold–the way I like ’em best!
I’ll admit it. I love to eat breaded, deep-fried chicken strips dipped in creamy ranch dressing, and on rare occasions, I will order them while out running errands all day. I prepare this recipe at home after a decent lapse since my last fix.
Total Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings, 2 to 3 tenders each (with 2 tablespoons dip)
½ cup pecans
1/ 3 cup whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon expeller-pressed canola oil
½ cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 pound chicken tenders, larger pieces cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
To make the chicken: Preheat oven to 475°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Whirl pecans, flour, paprika, dry mustard, garlic and onion powder, salt, and pepper in a food processor until pecans are ground to a powder, about 30 seconds. Drizzle in the oil with the motor running, blending completely. Transfer mixture to a shallow dish and stir in the panko bread crumbs.
Beat egg in a second shallow dish and add chicken tenders, coating them completely. Transfer each tender to the breading, turning to coat evenly. Arrange chicken on the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and nearly firm, 8 minutes.
To make the dip: Stir all the dip ingredients together in a small bowl.
Enjoy the cooked chicken immediately with the dip.
Chicken tenders come from the undersides of chicken breasts and are naturally portioned into strips, saving you time in cutting them. If you don’t have chicken tenders, substitute chicken breasts cut into 4 x 1-inch strips.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 418 calories; 20 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 34 g Protein; 23 g carbohydrate; 4 g dietary fiber; 120 mg cholesterol.
Reprinted with permission from Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes with Simple and Satisfying Whole-Foods Recipes You and Your Kids Will Love, by Michelle Dudash, RD (Fair Winds Press, December 2012).
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