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Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Crunchy chicken fingers get faux-fry flavor after a quick bake in the oven. The saltines add crunch and the pecans add nutty flavor. Pair with a side and your choice of sauce, for dipping.

Southern Living MARCH 2008

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • Cook time:20 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes


  • 16 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup pecans, ground
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together crushed crackers and next 4 ingredients.

2. Whisk egg white just until foamy.

3. Place a wire rack coated with cooking spray in a parchment paper-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

4. Dredge chicken tenders in flour; dip in egg white, and dredge in saltine mixture. Lightly coat chicken on each side with cooking spray; arrange chicken on wire rack.

5. Bake at 425° for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown, turning once after 12 minutes.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 152
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Fat: 4.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 19.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 494mg
  • Calcium: 9mg

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