Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chili's Chicken Crispers are my absolute guiltiest pleasure. But, at a whopping 47 points, it's just not even close to being a good idea. 
So, I found a little somethin'-somethin' to replace (sigh) the Chicken Crispers in my life. I will say, I wasn't crazy about the sauce. But, I am including the sauce in this recipe in case it just does it for your bunch. I would have preferred more of a honey mustard. Next time, I plan to just use a fat-free bottled dressing instead.
But the chicken fingers are gooooood. 

Pecan Crusted Chicken Fingers with Dijon Maple Sauce
(again, use the sauce at your own discretion) 
from the Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2005

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders (about 12 pieces)
3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
Cooking Spray

Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 cup fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons country-style Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons light butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 400.
2. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt. Place 1/2 cup flour and egg substitute in separate shallow dishes. Combine 1/2 cup flour, pecans, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish.
I made my pecan pieces super fine by using a chopper.

The line up.

3. Dredge each chicken tender in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip each tender in egg substitute; dredge dipped tenders in pecan mixture.
4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray. Add half of chicken and cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet lined with foil. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken tenders and oil.

5. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes or until done. 
6. Combine chicken broth and cornstarch; add mixture to pan used for tenders (do not wipe clean). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thick, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in maple syrup, mustard, butter and lemon juice; cook about a minute. Serve with tenders.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size is about 2 tenders and 2 1/4 tablespoons sauce).
POINTS Value: 6 per serving

Yum. We served it with our favorite (2 points for a serving) french fries:

Oh, and WOOHOO.....I reached the 50 pounds lost mark at my Weight Watchers meeting last night! So excited to reach this milestone. 


Loralee - No Fuss Fabulous said...


Wow! 50 pounds. I am so so impressed. You go girl. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

Leslye said...

Thanks for sharing recipes each week! Every week when I read your recipe it reminds me I need to get back on track!

Congrats on your milestone!

J Stolle said...

Congratulations Cuz, you are awesome. I have also checked out the kids rooms on the net .... beautiful work, you simply amaze me in your creativity. Your mom keeps me in the loop.
Love ya, Janice

Wendy said...

50 pounds! You are a superstar! Awesome. Love the recipes too.

Rebecca said...

Jonathan and I love their chicken crispers!! They are super yummy. Your recipe looks really yummy though, I'll have to try it. I can't believe those are 47 points, unbelievable.

Beth said...

50 Pounds!!!! I am so proud of you!

Alisha Stewart said...

Incredible! You look fabulous Kristi!

Anonymous said...

Way to go dear daughter. We are so proud of you.

Love ya, Mom and Dad

lauren said...

Congrats on your milestone! I love chicken crispers, can't wait to try this recipe!! I love checking out your recipes!!

Tami said...

Hi Kristi! I'm Tami, Jami's sister from Olney, and I just wanted you to know I'm really proud of your success. Jeff (my husband) and I are also doing WW and he's lost 50 lbs. and I've lost 33 since Jan. We are always looking for new recipies to try, so thanks for writing them up! Keep up the great work!!!

Grandma Pecos said...

Kristi, I'm so happy for your success! Fifty pounds is a great milestone. I know you're feeling as good as you're looking!

Becky said...

Kristi...I am so proud FOR you sista!

You are so gracious to share your recipes for success with the rest of us who are trying to reach our own goals. These look completely delicioso...said in my best Dora accent :)


Jennifer said...

WAY TO GO, KRISTI!! That's an awesome milestone reached! Keep up the great work! You're looking great!