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Cashew Crusted Chicken Strips

May 25, 2010

I took Higgy out for his morning backyard time and noticed something floating in the pool…

It was a bee hitching a ride across the shallow end. Is it weird that I immediately started thinking of the German honey I had and what I could make that would include using it as an ingredient? Probably should have been more concerned about saving Mr. Bee.

I had purchased two trays of chicken breasts  for the weekend BBQ and didn’t end up cooking everything. I saved 3 breasts to cook another way. I’ve been wanting to incorporate nuts into a coating, but wasn’t really sure what kind. I’ve seen so many recipes for baked “fried” chicken. My SIL brought a can of cashews to the weekend BBQ, so I wanted to use up the last of those. I’ve seen recipes that used pistachios and walnuts, so I looked online and took things from each recipe that I thought would work well together.

Ingredients for Cashew Crusted Chicken Strips w/Honey Mustard Sauce:

For the Chicken Strips:
3 Chicken Breasts (I cut each breast into 4 pieces)
1/2 Cup Cashews (lightly salted)
1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne PepperI used an extra dash
1 Large Egg White
1 Heaping Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Loosely Packed Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cooking Spray (I used olive oil spray)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the panko, cashews, cayenne, parsley and salt and pepper in a bowl. This photo is missing the parsley. The one with came out too blurry.

I used my chopper instead of breaking out the food processor to chop up the cashews – it worked great! I ended up putting the dry ingredients in a glass pie dish for the coating process.

I used a second dish for the wet ingredients.

I separated the egg and then added the dijon mustard to the egg white and whisked things together.

One at a time, I  dipped the chicken strips into the egg white/dijon mixture, then into the cashew/panko mixture. I pressed firmly and made sure both sides were coated really well.

I got all 12 tenders arranged on the spray coated baking sheet and put them into the oven for 15 minutes. I then gave them a quick turn and put them back in for another 15 minutes. I wasn’t very happy with the color – they didn’t brown up as much as I would have liked. I used a new brand of panko – maybe that was it… who knows. I was very careful to not over bake the chicken – I wanted juicy tenders.

While the chicken was in the oven, I whipped up the “bee” inspired sauce.

Ingredients for Honey Mustard Sauce:
3 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons Dijon
2 Tablespoons Mayo

I kept tweaking it, so the measurements are close guesses.

The chicken strips tasted delicious! Dan’s comment – they are crunchy! He liked them better with BBQ sauce, but then again… he isn’t a huge honey mustard fan to begin with. I felt like the strips were flavorful enough that you didn’t even need a sauce. I plan on using the leftovers in lunch salads for the week. I will for sure be making these again – next time I might even try a different nut… because I’m crazy like that, hah!

In other news… Today Dan and I celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. It’s so hard to believe that it’s already been 6 years since our beautiful wedding in Maui.


We look so um… thin and young… 😉

The plan is to go out for a nice anniversary dinner. Cheers to my awesome hubby and the best 6 years of my life! Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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24 comments

  1. Um, I first have to say that you have big bee’s in Cali! Wowza!

    I think my boys will LOVE this recipe. I’ve never cooked with panko yet.

    By the way, I love the pictures you are taking when showing us the recipe…great presentation, Miss graphic designer 😉


    • Hah! Hah! Aim! Yes, us Californians have big bees and big produce, LOL. I definitely think the boys will love the chicken! Thanks for the presentation compliment and the anniversary wishes. Much appreciated.


  2. Oh, and happy 6 year anniversary to you and Dan 🙂 woo hoo!


  3. Another great recipe, can’t wait to try these because I think my kids will love them. Happy Anniversary to you and Dan!


    • Thanks Melissa! Yes, they are the perfect kid meal – after all, I’m married to a big one when it comes to food likes.


  4. Am bookmarking that recipe- yum!

    Congratulations on six years. Those pictures make me want to go to Maui. Or get married. 😉


    • Thanks Sizz – yes…hurry up and marry Mr. Darcie 😉


  5. First of all, Happy Anniversary to you both! It’s funny how you guys look totally different and yet the same. I am scared to go back and look at MY own pictures from six years ago. Anyway, I wish you guys another SIXTY years…give or take. 😉

    That chicken is making my mouth water and it’s breakfast time! I’m going to try to make this one sometime soon.


    • Sure…I could do 60 more years as long as “V” gets cancelled, hah! Thanks for the wishes and next time I make the tenders, I’ll call you. I can’t believe it’s already been this long since we’ve seen each other. Gotta fix that!


  6. Congrats on six years! And the chicken looks yummy.


    • Thanks Paige!


  7. Happy Anniversary!


    • Thank you Lora!


  8. Six years, it seems like we were just in Maui with you guys and such a wonderful celebration it was. Many more Happy Anniversaries to come. Oh, the chicken strips sound super.


    • Yes, Aim mentioned on facebook that it sure would be nice to be back there. It was such a wonderful time being surrounded by family and friends. Glad you and Mommers could be part of it. Thanks Pod.


  9. Wow! Those chicken strips look yummy and the sauce sounds good too. I love honey mustard, but I’ve never made my own. I’ll have to try it! I would like to try this recipe on fish too. Those salads are going to be heavenly!

    Happy Anniversary to you & Dan! I hope you enjoyed the song earlier. I still remember the first time you met Dan at Todd’s Halloween party. This giggly school girl emerged…. I do believe you were smitten at first sight! 🙂


    • It would be delicious on a nice white fish – now I need to get over my fear of cooking fish – I swear, I will conquer that fear right here on this blog! Thanks for the Anniversary wishes…so true, I was smitten from day one.


  10. Happy Anniversary honey. Can’t believe it has been six years since Maui…….what a wonderful time that was. My best wishes for many many more great years together.

    I like this recipe……think I might try this one….I have never used the panko crumbs….that is going to be on my next grocery list too.


    • Thanks Mommers – we sure did do up Maui right! I love panko crumbs, try to find a brand that comes in a resealable bag – sometimes they are actually in the Japanese food section. I love using them, especially toasted on Mac-n-Cheese.


  11. MMMMmmmm…that chicken looks delicious. I love cashews but try not to buy them too often as it’s easy for me to go overboard with them.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Enjoy!


    • I know what you mean MB… I can never just grab a few. Thanks for the Anniversary wishes 🙂


  12. happy anniversary Foo!!! too many many more!

    got a question… whats in your little numbered drawers… i always wonder when you post pics with items in front of it!


  13. Those look AMAZING!


  14. Looks yummy!

    Congrats on your anniversary.



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