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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crunchy Pecan Chicken Tenders

This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks - Southern Living Homestyle Cooking.  I've made several of recipes from this cookbook, and they are all delicious!  This recipe is no exception.  This is one of our "go-to" weeknight meals.  The chicken is so flavorful and crispy.  The original recipe uses chicken breasts, but I like to use chicken tenders since they cook quicker.  This chicken only takes minutes to put together, and the end result looks like you went to a lot of trouble.  Let's just let that be out little secret!

Crunchy Pecan Chicken Tenders
slightly adapted from Southern Living Homestyle Cooking
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (I used my food processor)
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Creole seasoning
2 lbs chicken tenders
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well.  Dip chicken in buttermilk, dredge in pecan mixture.  Place chicken in an ungreased 9x13-inch pan.  Drizzle butter over chicken.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until chicken is done.

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  1. My little girl would be mental for these-actually, my husband would be just as enthusiastic.

  2. These look wonderful! I think we will have them for dinner soon. I'm pinning them now!

  3. as much as I luv pecans, I think I would really luv this.

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  5. I made this tonight and it was divine! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I do have one question though: what sides/starch do you pair it with? Mine came out pretty rich...maybe I used a bit too much pecans, and it felt like I needed something light to pair it with, like a salad, but I'm racking my brain try to figure out what non veggie sides I could serve with it. Any suggestions?

  6. CupcakeNinja - we serve it with either some Rice-A-Roni or a packet of Knorr Sides noodles.

  7. Dang! I followed this exactly by the recipe tonight and while the flavors were good, the breading was soft as can be and turned into mush as we cut it...I wonder what I did wrong? Do you turn yours during baking and/or turn the oven up at some point?

  8. Chalna - try using cooking spray instead of butter. That might help get the all-over crisp. I also chop my pecans in the food processor so they get really fine. I think that helps to not overcoat them.

  9. My family has been making this chicken for years. We even catered some special events and served it with creamy mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a salad. It was a hit! I'm not sure where we got the recipe originally, but it was neat to find it online here at Plain Chicken.

  10. Hi everybody, I haven't tried this yet, but looks delicious. First time on this site.


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