My Recipe for Easy Pecan Crusted Chicken Fingers

Pecan crusted chicken is one of those dishes you probably think would be difficult to make at home; I would've agreed, had it not been for my accidental experiment in the kitchen that produced a beautiful version of pecan crusted chicken that even my kids enjoyed.  This crispy and delicious meal takes just minutes to prepare, and it really does taste phenomenal.

Easy Pecan Crusted Chicken Fingers

  • 1 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 1 cup pecans ( whole or pieces)
  • garlic salt for flavor
  • 2 eggs
  • milk
  • oil for frying
Making these is essentially like breading and frying any meat; create an egg wash by beating the two eggs and adding 2 teaspoons of milk in a bowl.  Use a food processor or blender to crush up saltine crackers and pecans into a course powder.  ( I used a ratio of 1 to 1 for the pecans and crackers; one half sleeve and 3/4 cup pecans coated about 2 pounds chicken.)  Place the cracker pecan breading in a second bowl and stir and a dash of garlic salt for extra kick.

Slice the chicken breast into pieces for tenders.  Make sure the tenders are dry ( you may pat them with a paper towel.) Then, take the chicken, dip in egg, and then into the cracker mix.

Placed the breaded tenders into hot oil; I use a deep fryer at 350°.  They are done when they start to float to the top.  Drain on a paper towel, and allow them to cool a bit before serving.

I served them with mixed veggies and macaroni and cheese.  The kids enjoyed this very much, and we had no left overs!

Do you have an interesting chicken tenders recipe to share?  Have you used pecans in a meat dish before?

(Featured in Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Lifestyle Carnival #17, and Try a New Recipe Tuesday!)