Friday, January 2, 2009

Pecan-Chicken With Peach Dipping Sauce

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1/2 C pecan halves
2 slices whole wheat bread, torn into pieces
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 lb chicken breast tenders
1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1/2 C apricot or peach 100% fruit spread
2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Put pecans in food processor and chop. Add bread and pulse to fine crumbs. Transfer to shallow dish. Put egg whites in another dish and beat lightly. Sprinkle chicken with thyme, salt, and pepper.

Dip a piece of chicken into egg whites and then roll in crumbs, pressing to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle chicken with oil. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until crumbs brown and chicken is no longer pink in thickest part.

Mix fruit spread and lemon juice in bowl to make sauce.

Tips and Tricks
Instead of chopping pecans in a food processor, place them in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. If you don't have or don't like pecans, try using other nuts. If you don't have thyme, you can leave it out. In place of chicken tenders, cut regular boneless, skinless breasts into pieces.
Make It Healthier
Omit salt.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Older kids can coat chicken.
Recipe Source
Prevention magazine

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