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Pecan Crust Baked Chicken Tenders. Super flavor packed chicken tenders coated in plenty of pecans and baked till crunch perfection! Succulent, quick and easy chicken dinner that's a real crowd pleaser every single time! Served with a fresh basil dip! www.twopurplefigs.com

Pecan Crust Baked Chicken Tenders

These Pecan-Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders are super crispy and full of toasty, nutty flavor. They're so simple and easy to make and taste just as good as fried chicken tenders - but are so much healthier! Serve them with my homemade basil dip for a perfect chicken dinner! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chicken tenders, chicken tenders with nut crust, pecan-crusted chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1016 kcal
Author Mahy


For the chicken:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon mayo

For the coating:

  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1 pinch salt , pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Basil Dip:

  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto ( Check the recipe here or here)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or drizzle it with some olive oil.
  3. In a bowl, mix the chicken ingredients (without the chicken or coating) until the mixture is smooth. Add the chicken strips into the egg mixture and toss them well to coat.
  4. In another shallow bowl, mix the coating ingredients together.
  5. Take the chicken strips and coat them in the crunchy pecan mixture well on both sides, and pat each chicken strip very well to coat.
  6. Place each chicken strip on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining strips.
  7. Drizzle or spray some olive oil over the chicken strips and bake them for 12-15 mins (depending on the size of your chicken strips).
  8. In the meantime, mix the basil dip ingredients in a small bowl.
  9. Serve the chicken and basil dip together.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't like pecans? Use almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts for your crunch coating.
  • When it comes to flavor, you can mix and match your favorite spices here and make a different version of these chicken tenders every time.
  • If you have 5 mins and some fresh basil, then check this Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto Sauce for the basil pistachio pesto, or this Protein Packed Nut Free Hemp Bail pesto.
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Crust Baked Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 1016 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Fat 60g92%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 205mg68%
Sodium 1211mg53%
Potassium 1264mg36%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 60g120%
Vitamin A 1545IU31%
Vitamin C 35.6mg43%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 19.7mg109%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.