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No Beer Pairing Today
Happy middle of the week, everyone! Before I even go any further, I have to wish my sister a very happy birthday! She is coming to visit in just a few days, and I am SUPER excited. It definitely gets hard when neither Zach nor I have any immediate family members within 1500 miles of us. We love where we live and you’d basically have to drag us back to the east coast, but it definitely gets hard sometimes. So yay for Kara coming to visit! In addition to Kara coming to visit, my mom will be here a few days after that, and my cousin will be here a few days AFTER that. With moving into a temporary residence until our house is finished being built and going on copious amounts of hikes while family is visiting, it’s going to be a busy first week of July!
This is why I am all about super duper easy recipes until they arrive. As Zach and I continue to work our way through the bottomless pit that is our pantry, we have to get super creative when dinner rolls around. Speaking of my pantry…why did no one ever tell me I had sooooo much stuff? I swear. I am a hoarder when it comes to condiments, jams and flours. It’s insane what is hidden inside my pantry! I am officially making it my personal goal to NOT let this happen when we move. Either that, or I will have Zach build me a 200 square foot pantry in the basement. Hmmmm, now there is an idea!
OK, before I come up with any other crazy ideas (I can already feel Zach’s glare penetrating my skull), let’s talk about these almond-crusted sweet and spicy chicken strips. So, just recently I posted a recipe over on PinkWhen’s website (in which I am a contributor) for sweet and stick chicken strips. They were so good you guys. So when Blue Diamond asked me to post a recipe highlighting the new Sriracha Blue Diamond Almonds, I knew I had to adapt that old recipe using almond meal instead of AP flour.
I pulverized those almonds, which by the way are the most addictive, amazing almonds I have ever had in my life (for realsies), into a powder. I then dredged chicken strips into corn flour, egg wash and then the ground up almonds. Baked to a brown and crispy perfection, these spicy chicken strips are then brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze made of honey, sriracha and some tabasco for some extra heat. Dip these babies in a cooling ranch and this recipe becomes the perfect family-friendly weeknight dinner recipe that isn’t so bad for you!
Recipe for these almond-crusted sweet and spicy chicken strips are below! Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends! xo