A pecan coating adds a pleasant crunch to plain chicken. My family likes dipping the crispy chicken pieces in the easy to make sauce.
Ingredients For Your Pecan Chicken
1. 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans.
2. 1/3 Cup Dry Italian Bread Crumbs.
3. 1/2 Teaspoon Dry Thyme.
4. 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika.
5. 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.
6. Four Boneless Chicken Breast Halves.
7. Three Tablespoons Dijon Mustard.
Maple Dijon Sauce
1. 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
2. One Tablespoon Dijon Mustard.
In a shallow bowl, combine the pecans, bread crumbs, thyme, paprika, and salt. Coat chicken with mustard, then with pecan mixture. Place in a well greased 13" X 9" baking pan. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the juices run clear. Meanwhile, combine the maple syrup and mustard in a small bowl. Serve with the chicken.
Ranch Chicken Bites
These ranch chicken bites are really delicious. Make up a package of dry ranch dressing by the package directions and serve it with your ranch chicken bites.
Ingredients For Your Ranch Chicken Bites
1. One Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.
2. One Half Cup Ranch Salad Dressing.
3. Two And 1/2 Cups Finely Crushed Sour Cream And Onion Potato Chips.
Cut the chicken up into bite size pieces. Place in a bowl. Put the salad dressing in with the chicken and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add potato chips and stir up well. Pick out your pieces of potato chip coated chicken and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until the juices run clear.
A Few Words About Chicken Thighs
You can use skinned boneless chicken thighs for either of the above recipes and you'll end up with a more flavorful chicken. Chicken thighs have a lot more flavor than chicken breast and they are usually only a third the cost of chicken breast. Try the recipes with chicken thigh meat and see what you think.