Spicy Pecan Baked Chicken Nuggets
Low-Fat Low-Carb Low-Sugar

Spicy Pecan Baked Chicken Nuggets

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Servings: 4

These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are sure to please – they’re perfect for the whole family.


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • ¾ cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs or Grape-Nuts cereal (see Tip)
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Pasture-Raised egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless free-range chicken breast (preferably humanely-raised), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup low-fat, organic buttermilk or milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

*Use organic whenever possible

Nutritional Info
Nutrition InfoPerServingDaily%
Fat (g)3350%
Saturated Fat (g)422%
Carbohydrates (g)207%
Protein (g)3059%
Sugars (g)30%
Fiber (g)414%


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Thoroughly coat a wire rack with cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs (or cereal), pecans, chili powder, and sea 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.
  3. Whisk egg white and water in a second shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat, then dredge in the pecan mixture, turning to coat evenly. Shake off excess. (Discard any remaining egg and pecan mixture.) Place the chicken on the prepared rack and thoroughly coat with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile whisk mayonnaise, buttermilk (or milk), dill, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  6. Serve the chicken with the dip. Enjoy!


Grape-Nuts are a delicious, healthier substitute for regular breadcrumbs with far fewer additives + sodium.

Spicy Pecan Baked Chicken Nuggets

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