Crunchy Pistachio Crusted Chicken Fingers! (Grain Free)

These Super Simple Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders are crunchy in the best possible way! And they are grain/gluten and dairy free! 

If there’s one nostalgic food I’ve always loved, it’s chicken fingers. As a kid, I didn’t get to eat them that often because well, parents. And so they quickly rose to the top as one of my favorite foods- the crunchy chicken paired with bbq sauce? Well really in my world I lived by (and still do)  “All sauces welcome.” Bbq, ketchup, honey mustard, ranch- you name it I wanted to dip those bad boys into ALL the things. Well, except for Bleu Cheese Sauce. Thanks but no thanks on anything with Bleu Cheese. That’s going to be a hard pass.

Crunchy fried up chicken fingers are still a food I rarely eat (though they were the FIRST thing I ate after we said “I Do” and they were so good that my husband and I decided to plan a trip BACK to Michigan for our one-year anniversary so that we could eat them again… true story) but I’m always looking for different ways to cook chicken and of course, a healthier way to give it that old school chicken finger crunch (and let’s be real, basically I’m always searching for a vehicle to get more sauce/condiments/dips in my life because really, that’s what I’m interested in. Give me a good sauce and I will create you a food that you can dip into it.)
I had bought pistachios to try out a recipe for pistachio nut milk but the other day I thought that using them as the crunch factor on chicken might be a great new way to add flavor, texture and of course, crunch. And so I played around a bit using a dijon sauce sweetened with a bit of honey to coat the chicken and ground up pistachios for the “breading.” I left mine pistachio pieces a bit bigger and it was delicious but next time I think I might try grinding them just the slightest bit more.

The sauce underneath adds a sweet touch and truthfully, dare I say these don’t even need a condiment or sauce to dip them into! (Though I did drizzle some Primal Kitchen Foods Caesar on them over a a salad, and used a bit of Steven’s Paleo Goods Peach BBQ to dip the leftovers the next day and both versions were on point!)

This recipe is super simple and easy to make and a different way to make chicken which I know can get boring for a lot of people!

Honey Mustard Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders
Ingredients:
  • 1.5 lbs chicken
  • 1/3 cup dijon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey (Omit to keep it Whole30 Approved)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup shelled pistachio pieces (I got them pre-shelled and in pieces from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
1) Line baking sheet with Parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees
Rinse chicken, pat dry and cut up into tenders.
2) In a shallow bowl mix together the Dijon, olive oil, honey, pepper, and 1/2 tsp of the garlic and set aside.
3) Chop up the pistachios in a food processor until they are in tiny pieces (but not so tiny that it’s like a flour! You still want that crunch!)
4) In a second shallow bowl, add pistachios, salt, remaining garlic and a pinch more of pepper.
5) Dip each piece of chicken into the mustard mixture and tap off the excess then into the pistachio mixture on both sides to coat and add to baking sheet. Continue with remaining tenders.
6) Bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes until white in the center and cooked through.
Hope you enjoy!
xoJ

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