Tasty Tuesdays – Pistachio & Panko Crusted Chicken Strips

Yum, this tasty twist on the classic chicken finger recipe is incredibly delicious!! It is also much healthier than the standard deep fried restaurant or the frozen store bought varieties. I found the original recipe here and made a few modifications of my own.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 large chicken or turkey breasts (skinless and boneless)

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and brush a thin layer of olive oil on it.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°, and put the baking sheet in the oven while it heats up.
  • Finely chop the pistachios.  In a bowl combine the pistachios, breadcrumbs, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl, thoroughly mix the mustard, olive oil and honey.
  • Slice chicken or turkey breasts into strips.
  • First coat the meat with the mustard mix, and then dip into the breadcrumbs.
  • Pull out the baking sheet and place strips spaced out.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes and then flip the strips.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Interesting Facts

Raw honey has been harvested for many thousands of years for both food and medicine (Zumla and Lulat, 1989).  This natural nourishment for honey bees contains many minerals and vitamins, and comes in a variety of colours, textures and tastes based on which flower nectar the bee collects (Bogdanov, 1997).  This viscous sweetener is available year round but it is freshest in the summer and fall (Wine, 2008).  There is a great deal of literature discussing honey as a natural ergogenic aid (exercise performance enhancer).  An early study by Burke et al., (1988) gave weight-lifters honey, sugar or maltodextrin following an intense workout.  The results showed that those athletes who consumed honey maintained ideal blood sugar levels following the workout and showed advantageous glycogen restoration.  Another interesting property of honey is its ability to act as a topical antiseptic.  Recent research has revealed it to be capable of effectively treating burns and ulcers (Molan, 2006).  A study by Subrahmanyam (2005) looked at the outcomes of participants with superficial burns treated with conventional treatment (silver sulfadiazine gauze) or honey.  It was found that 91% of the individuals treated with honey did not have infections after one week, while only 7% of the conventionally treated patients were infection free.  Furthermore, the people treated with honey had quicker tissue reproduction when compared to the other group.  These exciting results have been replicated in other studies examining the healing process of caesarean sections and hysterectomies.  These studies found that utilizing honey as a topical antiseptic led to increased wound healing, decreased use of antibiotics and a lessened hospital stay (Al-Waili and Saloom, 1999).  Clearly, this health promoting natural liquid, often used as a term of endearment, also has some stupendous implications for modern medicine

This will be my final Tasty Tuesdays post of 2012.  Be sure to come back in 2013 for even Tastier Tuesdays.

I hope your holidays are wonderful!!

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4 responses to “Tasty Tuesdays – Pistachio & Panko Crusted Chicken Strips”

  1. Gord Wood says :

    Great recipe!!! looking forward to reading every week!! keep up the good work.

  2. Jilly Lew says :

    You’re amazing!!! I am definitely going to try this recipe – sounds delish!

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