Chapter 6: Tailstock


Wing Nuts

"I have a simple philosophy, Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches."
--Alice Longworth Roosevelt


1 (14-oz.) pkg. chicken tenders, trimmed of fat and cut in half lengthwise
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut or finely chopped pecans or almonds
4 tablespoons dry plain bread crumbs or panko
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons  honey
1 teaspoon lemon Juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Oven Preheat Temperature: 400°F
Heat Treat Cycle: 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is done


Salt and pepper the chicken pieces to taste. Coat the chicken pieces in the honey mixture, then roll in the nut and bread crumb mixture.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a shallow bowl combine honey and lemon juice.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the coconut or chopped pecans, bread crumbs or panko, and spices. Blend, but leave the mixture slightly chunky. Place in a shallow dish.
  3. Spray non-stick vegetable spray on a rimmed cookie sheet. Place the chicken on the sheet, spacing them evenly in a single layer. Bake at 400° for 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender and is no longer pink in the middle. Serve with blue cheese, Ranch or honey-mustard dressing, or try apricot-curry dipping sauce.

Apricot-Curry Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup apricot jam
1 to 2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat until combined and of dipping consistency. Serve the sauce warm.
Feeds and Speeds
Feeds: Makes about a  dozen, feeds 4 or 1 very hungry machinist
Speeds: 35 minutes billable shop time, start to finish

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