This recipe is another that is not new to us. I am a cookbook fanatic (I’ll have to take a picture of my overflowing cookbook shelf sometime!) and a couple of years ago bought The New Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific Cookbook. This was the first thing I tried out of it and it was fantastic! The recipe I’m going to write up has a few differences, in some tweakings I’ve done over the years. I also even emailed Holly herself to see if she had thoughts on how to make a glaze to drizzle over it. She’s a super nice person! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
1 cup Wheat Chex Cereal
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 pkg. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
Seasonings to taste
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with Pam. On a plate, mix the cereal crumbs and the pecan crumbs well. In a bowl, mix the soy sauce and honey until well combined. Reserve half of this mixture in another bowl, or a small pot if you don’t want to dirty an extra bowl! Season the chicken to taste, then dip completely into the honey-soy mixture. Dredge in the pecan-cereal mixture and place on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the chicken has been coated. Bake 10-15 minutes on each side, until chicken is cooked through (be careful not to overcook it as it will be dry).
In a small pot, heat the reserved honey and soy sauce mixture until it forms a slight syrup. Be careful not to burn it, but don’t turn the heat off or it will turn to glue! Lightly drizzle over the chicken.
Serve with your favorite sides (we had mac and cheese and creamed corn).
Verdict: Well as I already said, we have had this before numerous times and loved it! The first couple of times I made it, it turned out kind of dry but careful baking without overcooking has corrected that problem. Also, the sauce drizzled on gives it a little something extra! The original recipe does not call for the sauce to be added as a drizzle, and it also calls for chicken breasts. I prefer tenders, they’re easier to eat! Definitely try this recipe soon!