These spiced nuts will be one of your favorite snacks. I love adding them on top of a salad for extra crunch.
A few years ago, I went to Chick-Fil-A and got one of their delicious new summer salads. On top of this salad were these pecans that were covered in a spicy glaze and they were so delicious that I knew I wanted to try to recreate them at home.
These nuts are SO easy to make, and again — would be great to make if you need to clean out your pantry. Besides the nuts being the only thing you might not have on hand, the other items such as eggs and common spices make these super scrumptious.
How to Make These Delicious Spiced Nuts
Here is my tip when you make these though — use parchment paper. It makes the clean up so much easier.
The run-off of the spice mixture gets super sticky and will be hard to clean off in just a regular pan, but if you use a Silpat or parchment paper — cleanup will be a breeze.
It's really easy — just mix up your ingredients, and then pour your nuts into the bowl and make sure to coat everything well.
Then, spread on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven, making sure to turn the nuts ever so often to make sure that they get evenly cooked.
Once they come out of the oven, make sure to stir them one last time and then allow them to cool.
This will let the seasoning mix harden on the nuts. You can store them in an airtight container. I place mine in the fridge and they last for about a month. I use them to top salads or sometimes, I just snack on them!
My favorite brand of pecans to use is Millican Pecan. I discovered their products when I participated in a blog recipe roundup last year. They are fresh Texas pecans and they are amazing!
Looking for other pecan recipes?
Here are a few more pecan recipes you might find interesting —
- 1 large egg white
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 1/2 cups pecan halves, or assorted nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, or almonds (we used pecans)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg white until soft and foamy. Combine all remaining ingredients except pecans; whisk into egg white.
- Stir in pecans until well coated; spread mixture in a single layer onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake pecans for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Using a metal spatula, toss, stir, and separate nuts.
- Reduce oven to 250 degrees and return nuts to bake until medium brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; toss, and stir again.
- Place a wire cookie tray inside another baking pan and transfer your nuts to that wire tray to cool off. Break into single nuts once they have cooled all the way.
- Eat them as a snack or serve them on your favorite salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g