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Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Lemon-Saffron Aioli Recipe

Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Lemon-Saffron Aioli


These chicken tenders are loaded with Middle Eastern flavors. Dukkah, a spice blend made with hazelnuts, seeds, and spices, is available in spice shops and farmers' markets.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon preserved lemon, peel only, rinsed and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon preserved lemon brine (from jar)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch crumbled saffron
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup dukkah
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, lemon peel, garlic, lemon brine, cayenne pepper, and saffron in a mini food processor; blend until smooth, scraping down sides once or twice. Refrigerate aioli until ready to use.
  3. Place egg whites into a dish or bowl. Place dukkah into a second dish. Dip chicken tenders first into egg whites, letting excess drip off, then coat with dukkah. Place tenders on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, turning over halfway through, 12 to 15 minutes total. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

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Nutritional Information

Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Lemon-Saffron Aioli

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 362.1
% Daily Value *
protein: 59 %
carbohydrates: 2 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 8 %
fat: 51 %
saturated fat: 26 %
cholesterol: 27 %
vitamin a iu: 2 %
niacin equivalents: 128 %
vitamin b6: 41 %
vitamin c: 1 %
folate: 1 %
calcium: 2 %
iron: 6 %
magnesium: 10 %
potassium: 7 %
sodium: 22 %
thiamin: 6 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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