Friday, November 1, 2013

Baked Panko Pretzel Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Sauce

Baked Panko Pretzel Chicken Strips
with Honey Mustard Sauce


4 - 5  chicken breasts
2 cups panko crumbs
2 cups pretzel crumbs (crush in a ziplock bag or run through food processor)
1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup of honey
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees; lightly spray a cookie pan with nonstick spray; in a medium bowl, mix panko and pretzel crumbs; in a separate small bowl, mix yogurt, mustard, honey and vinegar; salt and pepper sauce to taste (you can also add more honey or mustard to suit your liking); slice chicken breasts into strips; pour approximately 2/3 of honey mustard sauce into a shallow bowl; place all of panko pretzel crumbs on a clean plate;
Dredging: carefully dip each strip first into honey mustard sauce, allow excess to drip off, roll in panko pretzel crumbs to fully coat, carefully place on baking sheet; bake for 20 -25 
minutes.  Serve with reserved 1/3  honey mustard sauce for dipping.

Dinner Devotional:

"Saul and Ananias"

Tonight, we're going to learn about two great men from the Bible........Saul and Ananais.  Saul is a well known character throughout the New Testament but his great story would never have played out as it did had it not been for one of the greatest unsung biblical heroes in history......Ananais.  His story has always been a favorite of mine and gives an incredibly powerful testimony as well as an even more commanding challenge for us today.  But first, a little back story.

After Jesus died, was resurrected and ascended back into heaven, the region in that time was at a crossroads.  The power of the Gospel and Jesus' story was spreading throughout the early world like wildfire thanks to the dedication of the disciples and the early believers.  However, this movement was being met with great opposition chiefly from one zealous man named Saul.  Saul had made it his mission in life to wipe every Christian off the face of the earth.  And he was having great success in this effort as he was known for hunting down, torturing and killing believers.  But one day God decided He had had enough!  Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus in a bright light.  So bright it literally blinded Saul.  His traveling companions didn't know what to do with a blind leader so they left him in Damascus (great friends, huh?)  which is where our friend Ananais finds him.  While all this had been occurring, God had appeared to Ananais in a vision and told him to go find Saul and touch him so he would receive his sight back.  Ananais, with good reason, did not want to go do this!  The very NAME of Saul struck fear in the hearts of believers so Ananais answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.  And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name."  But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear my name before gentiles, kings and the children of Israel." - Acts 9:13-16  So Ananias did as the Lord commanded and Saul received not only his sight but a new found purpose in life.
I can't imagine how hard that must have been for Ananais.  This was not a friend he was asked to help, this was an enemy.  And not just any enemy, but someone who wanted to kill him!  It was not just his pride that was at stake, it was his life too!  But Ananais was committed to obedience...even to the point of death.
Ananais did just as the Lord commanded and many were blessed because of this one act of obedience.  You see, after Saul received his sight he became a changed man.  He had seen the power of God and had received his mercy when he prayed and was healed.  He took on a new mission in life that day, rather than traveling the world to wipe out believers in Christ, he began traveling the world to spread Jesus' message to every man, woman and child.  He became one of the new testament's most effective and determined apostles and authored many of the new testament's books.  But you would only know him by his new name....Paul.  And all of this was a direct result of one man's single act of obedience to show kindness to an enemy.
We probably won't have to risk our lives for the Lord's sake like Ananais did, but we are asked to often give up other things like our pride when we are faced with the choice of how to treat an enemy.  As a family, look over the questions below and talk about how you can show kindness to someone who is "less than kind" to you!

1.)  Is there someone you can think of that is unkind or hurtful to you?
2.)  How have you responded to them so far?
3.)  What could you do to show them kindness?
God's word can be a very helpful tool when tackling one of life's challenges like loving an enemy.  Memorize the following verse to help you when you are called to be kind to the unkind.
*Memory Verse*
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
 - Matthew 5:44

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