Pecan Crusted Chicken

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A healthy pecan crust surrounds lean, tender chicken.

Our pecan crusted chicken is full of delicious flavor and crunchy texture.

Looking for something new to try for dinner? Check out our pecan crusted chicken to switch up your normal evening routine! This nutty, high protein, and omega-3 rich recipe pairs perfectly with roasted veggies and simple grains to make a fantastic, filling meal. You’re going to love the taste and texture. 

Unique Dinner Ideas

Throw this chicken on top of a salad or serve it with a veggie side!

While it is a super healthy choice, plain chicken breast can often feel bland and boring, especially if it has become one of your go-tos. Well, we’ve created a healthy and unique, pecan crusted chicken dish to add some new flavors and textures to your plate. Try it with a side of our Stir-Fried Green Beans and RadishesEasy Sauteed Greens, Sweet Potato Fries, or even our Healthy Roasted Smashed Potatoes.

It’s also wonderful in a salad. My favorite way to enjoy this pecan crusted chicken is to serve it on a bed of leafy greens. Then, I add chopped figs, thinly sliced pears, gorgonzola crumbles, and some crushed candied pecans. Finish it off with a fig vinaigrette or balsamic dressing and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering meal!

Nutty Pecan Crust

Moist chicken is surrounded by a crunchy pecan coating for a seriously mouthwatering meal.

The pecan crust in this dish is made of delicious and savory whole ingredients including chopped pecans, rosemary, salt and pepper, eggs, and Dijon mustard. Yep, you read that right! This recipe is low-carb and gluten-free! Not only is this dish perfect for those with special diets, it is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient is found in pecans and is beneficial for cardiovascular function, as well as skin and hair health. And of course, you’ll get plenty of protein with this pecan crusted chicken, too!

Make this Chicken and Pecan Entree

Cut into this nutty, high protein chicken for a super nutritious dinner.

Cook up this pecan-crusted chicken in less than 30 minutes! Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lining a rimmed baking tray or dish with parchment paper. In a shallow dish or plate, combine the chopped pecans, rosemary, salt, and pepper. In a separate dish or plate, beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of mustard. Then, fully submerge each chicken fillet into the egg mixture before coating both sides in the chopped pecans. Lightly press the pecan coating onto the fillet to make sure it sticks. Once coated, arrange the fillets on the prepared baking tray or dish and bake until it is fully cooked through. Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (about 15-20 minutes) it will be ready to serve!

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Pecan Crusted Chicken

This nutty, high-protein dinner is a super nutritious and filling meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 fillet
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Universal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pecans chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 16 ounces chicken breast 4 boneless, skinless, fillets

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking tray or dish with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a shallow dish or plate, combine the chopped pecans, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • In a separate dish or plate, beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of mustard.
  • Dip each chicken fillet into the egg mixture first, covering completely, and then into the pecans. Lightly press the pecan coating onto the fillet to make sure it sticks.
  • Once coated, arrange the fillets on the prepared baking tray or dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes (or until the internal temparture reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords High Protein, Low-Carb

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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