Easy~ Maple – Pecan Chicken Tenders

Maple-Pecan Chicken

Oh, sweet comfort goodness… Sometimes you just have to have it.

I make it a practice to try to give our family food that is not only healthy, but yummy as well.  Since our two girlies adore chicken fingers (ala frozen yuck…) I  accommodate them by making my version.   It’s easy and fast and amazingly delicious!  They can also be made in large batches, cooked and frozen.  Reheat whenever the mood strikes you.

I like to serve them with a nice homemade cole slaw and some steamed roasted red potatoes with EVOO and fresh dill.  So good!

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
1/4 cup pure maple  syrup
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup vegetable oil or EVOO and more for pan

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; drizzle with vegetable oil. Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/2-inch thick.

2. In shallow dish, mix together maple syrup and mayonnaise. In another shallow dish, mix together panko, 1/4 c. oil and pecans, cayenne, salt and pepper. Dip chicken into syrup mixture, then into panko. Place on baking sheet.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (165°F) and coating is golden brown.

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