Woo! It’s the first day of the NFL regular season! I’m a football fanatic. College … professional … you name it … I love it. I love the food that goes along with it even better though … obviously. I really wanted to celebrate the start of the regular season by making something I crave during every single football game. I’m not a crazy chicken tenders/fingers/nuggets kind of girl, but I DO love them during a football game. I’m not sure why, but let’s just go with it. I lightened up a fan favorite by baking them and covering them in cashews. These chicken tenders … were … amazing.
I apologize for being a total debbie downer yesterday. I feel much better today. Thank you so much for asking! I think it’s because I’ve had a couple of recipe wins the past couple of days, and I definitely think I’m on the up and up.
It was also much cooler today and felt very fall-like.
This makes me happy.
Cashews. What to say about cashews? I absolutely adore them. I actually love them so much, that I end up eating too many in one sitting and then I have a terrible belly ache. I “learn” my lesson, and then they next time I have a bowl of cashews, I eat the entire thing anyway. It’s a fault I’m willing to live with.
I decided to crust my chicken with cashews just because I can and because it’s amazing. To the cashews, I added the traditional bread crumb, parmesan cheese (yay!), and a bunch of spices. The flavor was miraculous.
The real winner of this recipe is the spicy ketchup though. Who knew that throwing sriracha into a bowl of ketchup would make it taste SOOO much better. I’m not a ketchup crazy person, so I was super excited to find a twist on it that I enjoyed. To the sauce, I also added garlic salt and chili powder. Can I get a yum?
What is the first day of the regular football season without a delicious beer pairing!?
Beer: Bayern Brewery’s Dragon’s Breath
Brewery: Bayern Brewery
Alcohol Content: 6.0%
Description: Bayern Brewery is a hidden gem in Montana, and on a recent trip up North, we picked up a couple of beers. Dragon’s Breath was in that batch, and I’m so glad that we didn’t pass it up. I don’t usually go for Dunkelweizens. It is a dark hefeweizen and it’s not normally a style of beer I gravitate towards. I am so happy I gave this beer a shot though. It is so delicious. Lightly hopped with some malty notes, this beer goes down easily. It has so much flavor and yet is not overpowering in any way. I really wanted something like a hefeweizen for this beer pairing, and I thought that this dark hefeweizen would be perfect for the job. It totally was. The two complimented each other perfectly. Now, if only I could get more of it down here in Colorado!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you all on Sunday!