Crunchy Nut Encrusted Chicken Tenders

I love chicken tenders. I am not ashamed to admit that on the rare occasion that I eat fast food, I always go for the chicken tender. Not sure why, but I do. I love the crunchiness of the outside and the piping hot chicken on the inside. And I love dipping anything in a mixture of yellow mustard and ketchup. Or bbq sauce.

So when I saw Michelle post these crunchy nut encrusted chicken tenders I knew I had to make them. What a great way to get my chicken tender fix in a healthier manner! Not only do they use ground up nuts for the coating, they’re baked not fried. Anything you make at home is going to be MUCH better for you than something from a fast food chain.

I just used the ingredients I had on hand and they came out great. I had a pretty big thing of chicken tender meat, so Hubby and I enjoyed these for a couple days in our lunches too.

I always always toast nuts before using them in any recipe. It’s just a habit, but I love how it brings out the nuttiness of nuts more so than just using raw nuts.

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Crunchy Nut Encrusted Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are crusted with a variety of nuts instead of breadcrumbs!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

2 lb chicken tenders
2 cups nuts (any variety), toasted
4 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp horseradish mustard
2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
4 tsp yellow mustard
2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp worcestshire sauce
2 Tbsp water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a pan with foil and place a cooling rack on top of the foil.

Rinse chicken and pat dry.

Pulse nuts in food processor until they resemble course bread crumbs. Be sure not to process too much, so you don't make a nut butter.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a shallow dish.

Dredge the chicken tenders through the mustard mixture, then coat with nut crumbs. Place on cooling rack (using a cooling rack will result in a crispy chicken tender). Repeat until all chicken tenders are coated.

Place pan of tenders in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip tenders and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Fun and Fearless in Beantown

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17 Responses to “Crockpot Pulled Chicken”

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    Megan — February 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I am obsessed with your crockpot chicken tacos and am sure this is going to be another favorite crockpot chicken recipe in our house!

    P.S. I had a cake craving last night and jumped on your blog to look up cupcake recipes… you have 101 cupcake recipes?!!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Yea… about those cupcakes. I went through a phase at the beginning of my blog. And I’ve been blogging 3.5 years, so that’s really only about 30/year…

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    Funandfearlessinbeantown — February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I think I would LOVE this recipe! Bret loves pulled chicken and I love slow cooker recipes!

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    CasualDish — February 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yum, my husband would totally love this!!

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    Evan @swEEts — February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Sounds delicious and perfect for leaving in the pot before work and coming home to wonderfully cooked chicken. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Christina — February 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love this kind of stuff. We had beef dip sandwiches last night. SO GOOD. I bet we’ve love this too!

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    Julie — February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds delicious, but I’m sure I’d have to just add one of those chiles 🙂

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    Kate W — February 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yay! I love Pulled chicken sandwiches, I’m so glad you shared this recipe.

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    Katie — February 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Nothing bad about pulled chicken. Nothing. Love all the flavors that the chicken was simmering in. Bet this was awesome!

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    Lindsay — March 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    This is the first time I’ve seen someone else use an Eating Well recipe! I like. 🙂 Also, this chicken looks fabulous and easy….nice work.

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    Kristen Llobrera — March 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    These look awesome and so easy to make! I love spicy pulled chicken and I love anything that you can just throw in the crockpot. Can’t wait to try them!

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    Judith — March 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My husband and I made this last night for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nona — May 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing this? I dont eat meat, but I am thinking about making this for my husband but there is no way he could eat a whole pot to himself.

    • beantownbaker — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

      Like most crockpot meals, this meat freezes just fine. I like to portion it out into individual sized portions prior to freezing so you can just grab one and go.

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    Julia — November 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi! I made this last year and it was a huge hit. I want to make it again for a holiday pot luck, but when I looked at the recipe today, it seemed to have the directions listed twice, and no ingredient amounts. I was able to find the recipe at eating Well, but wanted to let you know that there may be something wrong here.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      Thanks for the update. I am fixing the post now. Glad this recipe was a success for you!

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    Nollywood — October 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    love Pulled chicken sandwiches,

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