Pecan Chicken with Honey-Lime Corn Salad

  • Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

2 -- bacon slices, chopped
3 cups fresh corn cut from the cob (about 4 large ears)
1/3 cup flour
-- salt and pepper to taste
2 -- eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 -- and 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (12 tenders)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
-- juice of two limes
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 -- avocado cut in 8 slices

Instructions

Cook bacon over medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Wipe out skillet and return drippings to pan. Add corn and cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer to a large bowl to cool, adding bacon to the corn. Wipe out skillet again.

In a shallow bowl or plate, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Place eggs in a second shallow dish. In a third, combine pecans, parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Working with half of the chicken, dip each tender in flour, egg, and then pecan mixture. Saute about 3 minutes per side or until cooked throughout and golden brown. Repeat with the second batch. Cool to room temperature.

To the corn and bacon, add the red onion, cucumber, red bell pepper, mint, and basil, tossing to combine. In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper together. Whisk in olive oil until emulsified and pour over corn mixture.

To serve, divide corn mixture among four dinner plates. Top each with three chicken tenders. Garnish each plate with two avocado slices. Serve immediately.

Note: This can be served at room temperature or refrigerated and served cold. Makes 4 servings.

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