Black Pepper and Walnut Crusted Chicken Breasts

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Spice up the average chicken dish with this recipe!

Chicken dishes are a great option for people who are trying to eat healthier, but there are two challenges when it comes to chicken. One, it tends to get a little boring if you only know a few recipes. And two, even chicken can be unhealthy if your recipes are filled with saturated fat, preservatives, and other unhealthy ingredients. These black pepper and walnut crusted chicken breasts solve both of those problems! This is a chicken breasts recipe that your family will love.

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Black Pepper and Walnut Crusted Chicken Breasts

Here is a chicken recipe that's low in saturated fat, high in protein, and super flavorful, everyone will love it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 each
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk low-fat
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces raw, the fats in this recipe come mostly from walnuts, a healthy fat
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs recipe for homemade bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds skinless chicken breasts on the bone I used 2 half breasts and cut each in half lengthwise


  • In a large bowl add chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt to taste, up to 1 teaspoon, and pour in the buttermilk, make sure all pieces are coated, cover, place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate about 2 hours. (This step can be skipped if no time...but it works great to tenderize the chicken).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a food processor, add walnuts, bread crumbs, black pepper, salt to taste, and paprika, pulse until well combined and a crumb consistency. If a food processor is not available, place ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to make into crumbs.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove chicken from buttermilk, one piece at a time, allow excess buttermilk to drip off and dredge in walnut mixture, being sure to coat each side and lightly press to ensure crumbs stick to chicken. Place chicken on parchment paper after coating with crumbs. Lightly mist both sides of chicken with olive oil spray.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes until juices run clean when pierced with a fork, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1each | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 293mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Keto, Low-Carb

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