Sesame Pecan Chicken Tenders with Apricot Dipping Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Good hot or cold!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the sauce, combine the hoisin sauce, mustard and preserves in a small bowl.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a small bowl until frothy and set aside.
  3. Combine the sesame seeds and pecans in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Dip the chicken strips in to the egg whites and then the nut mixture.
  5. Fry chicken pieces in hot oil for about 3-4 muntues or until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve chicken with dipping sauce.
Most Helpful

Kim, these little tenders were very good, very tasty. The nut mixture was a very good combination, giving a satisfying crunch. The sauce was simple, but bursting with flavor. I did add some finely chopped green onion to the sauce for an added bit of color and taste. We liked the onion, but you could use chives instead. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe.

Miss Annie May 08, 2003

This was awesome! I added panko bread crumbs to give it extra crunch, and the sauce was excellent! This is definately a keeper.

Lindrebellava August 26, 2009

I'm giving this 5 stars because we didn't follow the directions exactly (no sesame seeds on hand) and probably would have added to the flavor. We made a few alterations to this recipe, using potato flakes mixed with pecans (which were amazing!) and dipping chicken in skim milk instead of egg. We also baked the chicken at 400 degrees F for 4 minutes on each side until done instead of frying to make a bit healthier. My favorite part was the toasted pecans and the sauce! My BF even thought the sauce was the best part. I used Polaner's Apricot preserves (all fruit), Frenches regular mustard, wheat-free Tamari (no hoisin sauce), and then 1 T molasses to add sweetness. Amazing sauce!!!! Thank you for this recipe; the pecans and sauce are what make this dish truly great!

PardenMe247 February 27, 2009