A few weeks ago while grocery shopping I needed to pick up a bag of pecans for a Pecan Apple Salad I was making for an engagement party. Needless to say, they only had a one size fits all type of bag so I was stuck with enough pecans to feed all the squirrels in my neck of the woods! Well rather than becoming a squirrel lady (to add to my cat lady-spinsters status) I decided to look up what else I could make with them other than baking… Because lets face it, I am no baker… Lo and behold, Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders!
1.5-2 Lbs Chicken Tenders
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Pecans; Chopped
2 Tbsp Cajun Creole Seasoning
Sweet Maple Glaze
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp Water
Preheat your oven to 425f.
Measure out your pecans and go to town chopping them!
Feel free to eat a hand full while your at it, might as well since apparently we only have giant bags of the stuff in our grocery stores!
Once they are all chopped, set them aside.
Combine the bread crumbs, creole seasoning, and pecans in a food processor.
Pulse until they are all combined and chopped finely. I broke my food processor so thankfully I have one of those hand blender-chopper-pulsar-thingy so that worked just as well!
Whisk the eggs in one bowl with a tablespoon of water, set another dish up with the flour, and a third dish up with the seasoned pecans.
In batches, coat each chicken tender in your flour…
Dip them in the egg wash…
Then firmly press them into the seasoned pecans.
Line the chicken tenders up on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
While we wait for the chicken drink some wine, play with your cat, or better idea… do both!
If you are like me, you are a cat lady. With that being said you need to embrace this and full fill your role as the inspiring old cat lady by giving them lots of love while we wait….
I mean really, what else is there to do?!
After we finish acting like old spinsters-cat ladies, flip the chicken and bake an additional 10-12 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
Would you look at that! Perfection!
Next we are going to make a sweet maple glaze to drizzle over our Pecan Chicken.
Combine your sour cream, mayonaise, and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl.
Dosent look so good now, but I promise it will be amazing!
Mix well until smooth and well combined.
Stir in the water to thin it out a bit for easy drizzling.
Saki is impressed!
Plate your chicken…
And drizzle the glaze over the top.
Try it, I promise you will love it!