Beth Lipton is a writer and certified health coach. She is a contributing editor at Clean Plates.
It’s not unusual to find drool-worthy food photos on Instagram—half the time we wonder if it wasn’t invented just for that reason. But when you come across a recipe that makes you want to buy a gadget you don’t already have and eat a food right now that you normally kind of shrug at? Now, that’s noteworthy. Enter exhibit A: Healthy Little Peach’s recipe for Chili Lime Crispy Chicken Tenders with Avocado Ranch (I know, right?!).
I saw this recipe and wanted it immediately—and it may or may not have been 7:03 a.m. on a Tuesday. It might not seem remarkable, except that I don’t yet have an air fryer (there are regular-oven instructions, yay!) and, more importantly, I’m generally not a huge fan of chicken.
Before you get all, “What do you mean you don’t like chicken?”, I didn’t say that. I don’t dislike it. I just never choose it, especially if there’s a grass-fed steak or piece of wild-caught fish on offer. I’m almost never craving chicken.
But these crunchy tenders — which, by the way, are paleo, gluten free and Whole30-compliant — just might turn me around. I have a weakness for anything with a chili-lime combo. And then there’s the breading, along with lime juice and chili powder, it also has Tajin, a chili-lime-sea salt seasoning fueling its flavor.
The dipping sauce has an avocado, a bit of mayo and a few classic ranch spices like garlic powder, onion powder, dill and parsley; in other words, a bunch of things perpetually lurking in my spice rack.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go preheat my oven and get some stuff out of the spice rack.
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