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Parmesan-Pecan Fried Chicken

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  • 35 min prep time
  • 1 hr 35 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Enjoy your meal with this crispy and nutty chicken - perfect for a hearty dinner.

Ingredients

2
lb uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded), cut into 1-inch-wide strips
1
cup buttermilk
1
cup ground pecans
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1
tablespoon paprika
2
eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Honey mustard, if desired

Steps

  • 1 In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, place chicken and buttermilk. Seal bag; refrigerate 1 hour. Remove chicken from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.
  • 2 In shallow bowl, mix pecans, cornmeal, cheese, Cajun seasoning and paprika. Dip chicken in eggs; roll in pecan mixture to coat, shaking off excess. In deep fryer or heavy Dutch oven, heat 1 1/2 inches oil to 350°F. Fry chicken in batches 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with honey mustard.
  • 1 In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, place chicken and buttermilk. Seal bag; refrigerate 1 hour. Remove chicken from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk.
  • 2 In shallow bowl, mix pecans, cornmeal, cheese, Cajun seasoning and paprika. Dip chicken in eggs; roll in pecan mixture to coat, shaking off excess. In deep fryer or heavy Dutch oven, heat 1 1/2 inches oil to 350°F. Fry chicken in batches 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with honey mustard.

Expert Tips

The key to crispy fried chicken is to keep the oil at 350°F. Remember the oil temperature drops a bit each time you add chicken to the hot oil, so don’t add too many pieces at once.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
581
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37g
37%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Sodium
719mg
719%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
44g
44%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 6 Very Lean Meat; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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