Pecans are the most versatile tree nut — they can be eaten alone — raw, roasted or flavored — as a healthy, delicious snack or they can enhance almost any recipe as an ingredient. Pecans are perfect as a topping or ingredient in salads, vegetables, yogurt, oatmeal, sauces, breads and, of course, every kind of dessert. Store pecans in the freezer and have them on hand year-round.

Pecan Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Pecan Crusted Chicken Nuggets

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1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups crushed tortilla chips 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 cup chopped U.S. pecans 1/4 cup milk For Creamy Jalapeno Dipping Sauce: 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup Greek style plain yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup buttermilk 5 tablespoons dry Ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno peppers 1/2 cup cilantro leaves 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil; lightly grease with cooking spray and set aside. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper; set aside. Place chips, chili powder and oregano in a food processor or blender; process until well ground. Add pecans and pulse a few times, or until finely ground. Transfer mixture to a plate. Pour milk into a bowl. Dip chicken in milk and then roll in crumb mixture to coat. Place coated chicken nuggets on previously prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, turning once halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and serve with Creamy Jalapeo Dipping Sauce. To prepare the dipping sauce: wash and dry the cilantro. Chop into coarse pieces. Place all ingredients into a blender or a food processor. Pulse 7 or 8 times until well combined and smooth.


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