Almond-Crusted Pork with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Almond-Crusted Pork with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

14 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2009

Sliced almonds add a delectable, almost-like-fried-chicken crunch to the breading for these tender pieces of pork. We slice the pork thinly to keep the cooking time quick. The resulting pork “fingers” are great dipped in this surprisingly simple, delicious honey, soy and mustard sauce.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 °F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Place breadcrumbs, almonds, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse until the almonds are coarsely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.
  3. Place egg white in another shallow dish. Dip both sides of each pork slice in egg white, then evenly coat with the almond mixture. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the pork on the prepared rack and coat on both sides with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the pork until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 16 to 18 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk honey, soy sauce and mustard in a small bowl. Serve the pork with the honey-mustard sauce.
  • Note: We like Ian's brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry and crispy, about 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. pork & 2 Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 299 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 74 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 16 g added sugars; 1 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 32 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 559 mg sodium; 561 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Potassium & Zinc (16% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

Reviews 14

January 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Even great with chicken! This has been a family favorite for a few years. I can't believe I waited so long to try it with chicken thighs. Just as tasty!
October 18, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
An Instant Favorite I had my doubts, because every time I try a recipe for an oven fried dish it disappoints me because it is not crispy enough. Well, this was the happy exception. Crunchy and delicious. Only problem was I ate too much! Pros: Delicious, delicious, delicious Cons: None
November 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This is one of our go-to dinners. We buy a large pork loin (not tenderloin) and cut it into 3 sections. 1/3 will make enough for 4 hungry adults. We like to slice the fingers pretty thinly in order to have it cook through thoroughly in about 20 minutes. The breading is perfect and the sauce is the best ever. You MUST make the sauce to accompany these pork tenders. I think it goes great with mashed potatoes and a vegetable of your choice. You won't be disappointed. Pros: Ingredients are almost always in my home, quick & easy
March 29, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Fabulous!!!! A big hit in our house! Pros: Very easy, tasty & healthy
March 06, 2011
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By: Chriissie259
A definite keeper!!!!!!! Absolutely delicious.... Quick and easy...
January 10, 2011
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By: alesia
Back away from frozen chicken fingers and ketchup. These are "fingers" that even parents will love. I'm not sure who liked them more my husband or the kids. The dipping sauce will be great with tons of other recipes too. Seriously great!
August 31, 2010
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By: Elizabeth Portales-Swiatek
Delicious !!! Just made it for dinner. A bit hit with my picky kids !!
May 29, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
So easy and delicious! This is one of my favorite ways to prepare pork. Fantastic!
March 22, 2010
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By: tplus
Very tasty especially the sauce!