Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders and Salad with Tangy Maple Dressing

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/3 to 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a splash of milk or water
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans, processed in food processor to finely chop
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated or ground
  • 1 orange, zested
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tangy barbecue sauce
  • 1 navel orange, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and chopped on an angle
Directions

Heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil over medium high heat. Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Set out 3 shallow dishes. Place flour in 1 dish, eggs beaten with water or milk in a second. In the third dish, combine bread crumbs with ground pecans, nutmeg and orange zest. Coat tenders in batches in flour, then egg, then bread crumb mixture. Fry tenders in small batches 6 to 7 minutes. Drain tenders on paper towels.

Combine maple syrup, barbecue sauce and orange juice in a bowl. Whisk in oil and season with salt and pepper.

Combine romaine, radishes and scallions in a large salad bowl or on a serving platter. Toss with 3/4 of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste. Top salad with pecan crusted chicken tenders and drizzle remaining dressing over top.

Beverage suggestion: serve cran-raspberry apple juice over ice and top with a splash of soda water.


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