These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip. If you can't find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead.
Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Canola oil cooking spray
3/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip) or Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2 cup pecan pieces
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk or milk
1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 F. Thoroughly coat a wire rack with cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Combine breadcrumbs (or cereal), pecans, chili powder and salt in a food processor; process until the pecans are finely chopped and the chili powder is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.