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Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip

Prep
Cook
Serves 4people
Ingredients
canola oil cooking spray
3/4
cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip) or Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2
cup pecan pieces
2
tbsp chili powder
1/4
tsp salt
1
egg white
1
tbsp water
1
lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4
cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4
cup low-fat buttermilk or milk
1
tsp dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh
1/2
tsp garlic powder
Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Thoroughly coat a wire rack with cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet.
2.
Combine breadcrumbs (or cereal), pecans, chili powder and salt in a food processor; process until the pecans are finely chopped and the chili powder is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
3.
Whisk egg white and water in a second shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat, then dredge in the pecan mixture, turning to coat evenly. Shake off excess. (Discard any remaining egg and pecan mixture.) Place the chicken on the prepared rack and thoroughly coat with cooking spray.
4.
Bake the chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.
5.
Meanwhile whisk mayonnaise, buttermilk (or milk), dill and garlic powder in a small bowl. Serve the chicken with the dip.

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