Parmesan Pecan Chicken Tenders

My Parmesan Pecan Chicken Tenders are a nice healthy lunch or dinner recipe to add to your menu! The entire family will love these flavorful homemade tenders.
Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are just what your dinner menu needs this week! Packed with flavorful Parmesan and ground pecans, they are flavorful and crisp! Be sure to check out my spicier chicken tender recipe too! My family goes nuts for homemade chicken tenders so I knew I wanted to make a healthy pecan coated version.

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Chicken Tenders

Place your Fisher Pecan Halves and parmesan cheese into a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.

How To Make Chicken Tenders

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place pecans and Parmesan into a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Place into a large shallow dish and stir in bread crumbs, salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  3. Press chicken strips into pecan mixture, coating both sides. Place coated chicken strips into hot saute pan. Cook each side for about 3-5 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Remove strips from skillet and let cool on a baking rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve warm.

Chicken Tenders

Place into a bowl and add your bread crumbs and seasonings.

Chicken Tenders

Press your chicken tenders into pecan mixture, coating each side generously.

Chicken Tenders

Place coated chicken tenders into an olive oil drizzle hot skillet. Let cook and brown on both sides until cooked through. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces. They also are great sliced up over salad and pasta. Enjoy!

Chicken Tenders

Tips

*Make sure your skillet is preheated nice and hot before adding coated chicken tenders. This helps with that nice crispy crust.

*The last couple minutes of cooking tenders in skillet, turn them on their sides to get all sides golden. Takes just a minute on each side.

*Serve with a variety of dipping sauces such as Ranch Dressing, a mix of Ranch Dressing and Sriracha and straight Sriracha. Lots of great options.

How To Serve Chicken Tender Recipes

You’ve got lots of options actually. My chicken tenders are great by themselves with some dipping sauces. You could also serve them with a nice salad and breadsticks. One more option for you is some homemade mashed potatoes.

Parmesan Pecan Chicken Tenders

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Jenny
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 cup Fisher Pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Place pecans and Parmesan into a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Place into a large shallow dish and stir in bread crumbs, salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  • Press chicken strips into pecan mixture, coating both sides. Place coated chicken strips into hot saute pan. Cook each side for about 3-5 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Remove strips from skillet and let cool on a baking rack or paper towel lined plate. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Keywords: chicken fingers, chicken strips, chicken tender recipes, chicken tenders, homemade chicken fingers, homemade chicken tenders
It was such a pleasure partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you this recipe. This post was in partnership with Fisher Nuts, Feb 2015, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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36 Responses
  1. Millican Pecan

    We have learned over the years that pecan crusted chicken and pecan crusted fish are great combinations of flavors and texture. You have done it right. Well done! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Gina

    Hello,
    I really enjoy your recipes, but I have a question. Is there any other way to pin them other than having to go to ALL of your boards? It would be nice if I didn’t have to go and search for the recipe on all of your boards. It’s very time consuming. Thank you, Gina

  3. Krissy

    I don’t know why it took me this long to find this site but I am happy I found it. Parmesan Pecan Chicken Tenders…. Yum. I will try this later this week.

  4. Cat

    So easy and sounds delish! Could probably work for a lighter breaded shrimp too, maybe. Yours looks great!

  5. Liz@HoosierHomemade

    These chicken tenders look amazing! My boys will love these!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

  6. Brielle @ Breezy Bakes

    What a great quick dinner. I’m sure my kids will love these! Maybe even more than going to Chick-fil-a…maybe. =)

  7. Annalise @ Completely Delicious

    Definitely a family-friendly meal! We’d gobble this up in a hurry for sure.

  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    My boys would love this crunchy chicken! I love cooking with pecans and can’t wait to give this a try.

  9. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

    I love the idea of pecans in the coating, and I’m a huge fan of smoked paprika. I can’t wait to try these – I know my son would love it!

  10. Rachel Cooks

    I bet the pecans make these chicken tenders so flavorful and crunchy! Can’t wait to try them.

  11. TidyMom

    we eat chicken tenders about once a week, so I’m always looking for new recipes! and I always have Fisher pecans in the pantry because I eat them every morning on my oatmeal.

  12. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yes! I love pecans, but feel like I often sort of forget about them, and default to walnuts for everything. I mean, they’re both amazing, but pecans just make any meal feel special. Love this recipe! Pinned!

  13. Cookin Canuck

    My family loves chicken tenders, and I know they’d gobble up this nut-crusted version. Great meal for a busy night!

  14. leslie

    In alllll my years I have never made homemade chicken tenders! I love the combo of nuts and parm! See you soon….YEAH!!!!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    We are definitely a chicken family and they would go “nuts” for this dish.

  16. Christi @ Love From The Oven

    These look amazing and so simple to make! Love Fisher Nuts, can’t wait to try this one Jenny!

  17. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

    I think I feel a song coming on here and it’s the Hallelujah Chorus. When my kids actually like dinner ~ they hum to themselves. It’s kind of flattering and they are gonna love these. And I really like Fisher Nuts. But I’m a bit of a nutcase so that would make sense. They usually have those dollar coupons off too.

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