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Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with a buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange. Serve with a spinach salad.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

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By: EatingWell
Posted in: Recipes
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30 min

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves or pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, (see Note)
  • 1 large eggwhite
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided

Instructions

Here is your instructions:

  1. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, place between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even 1/4-inch thickness.

  2. Place pecans, breadcrumbs, orange zest, salt and ground chipotle in a food processor and pulse until the pecans are finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish. Whisk egg white and water in a shallow dish until combined. Dip each chicken breast in the egg-white mixture, then dredge both sides in the pecan mixture.

  3. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the chicken and cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Carefully wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the remaining oil. Cook the remaining chicken, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent scorching. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Tip: It can be hard to find individual chicken breasts small enough for our recommended 4-ounce (uncooked) portion size. If yours are closer to 5 ounces each, remove the tender (about 1 ounce) from the underside to get the correct portion size. Wrap and freeze the leftover tenders; when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry, for chicken fingers or in soups.
  • Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty spice section of most supermarkets.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

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Credit: EatingWell

NUTRITION

Per serving: 270 calories; 15 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 2 g fiber; 411 mg sodium; 271 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (34% daily value), good source of omega-3s.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat

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