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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14 Responses to “Chicken Pot Pie with Cream Cheese and Chive Biscuits”

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    Shannon — March 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    love your adaptations- and i agree, one-pot meals usually need more veggies!

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

      Not that this meal is in any way healthy, but at least bumping up the veggies (and the servings) reduces the amount of pure indulgence per serving…

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    Sues — March 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Love all the changes you made to this! And I agree- the more veggies, the merrier 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one!

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    Megan — March 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love that idea to just throw extra veggies in. I always have some leftover unused veggies going bad in the fridge after I’ve used some for a recipe. The biscuits on this look amazing.

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    Wendy — March 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    This looks rich and satisfying. I love the idea of biscuits on top rather than pie crust. Cream cheese chive biscuits sound especially delicious!

    • beantownbaker — March 26th, 2013 @ 7:29 am

      I definitely plan to make these biscuits again some time. They’d be delicious even without the creamy pot pie filling under them.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love the thought of throwing the extra veggies in, i think a lot of people are hesitant to do so. This looks so delicious and satisfying 🙂

    • beantownbaker — March 26th, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

      Yea when it comes to cooking, I figure there’s no harm in playing with recipes. Baking is another story…

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — March 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

    My boyfriend, who eats a good portion of the overall meals I cook plus leftovers, hates veggies. This is a problem, because I don’t like food going bad but I can’t eat it all myself. I love recipes like this because it’d probably be SO tasty, he’d hardly even notice the abundance of green. Or he’d pick the peas out. Who knows.

    • beantownbaker — March 26th, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

      I can’t imagine hating veggies… But I agree, I think he’d hardly notice the veggies in this. It’s that creamy and delicious.

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    scott — March 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    This recipe looks delicious. Do you know the nutritional values? If you post it on http://www.myrecipemagic.com they will calculate it for you and you can get paid for posting recipes.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 28, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I love that you topped this off with biscuits instead of the traditional flaky crust!

    • beantownbaker — March 28th, 2013 @ 6:53 am

      Biscuits are always the right answer 😉

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