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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4 Responses to “Crockpot Red Curry Chicken with Butternut Squash”

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    Joelen — February 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    This looks like a wonderful dish that’s colorful and healthy too!

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    KMAYS — February 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Yum! I really want to try this.

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    Laure — February 12, 2009 at 1:45 am

    I am definitely making this for my hubby – he adores red curry, and I adore my crock pot! It’s a match made in heaven!

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    gaga — February 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve been looking for something to do with my leftover butternut squash but hadn’t found anything inspiring until now! I’m definitely sticking it in curry. Thanks!

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