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!
- 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