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Pecan Chicken

Pecan Chicken is an easy delicious dinner to make for a busy weeknight meal that packs a lot of flavor with minimal prep and cooking time.

Pecan Chicken Recipe

Years ago, while I was a newlywed I worked for a recipe prep company on the side to make some extra money. Basically, we prepped all the meals, and then busy parents and adults came in and decided what meals they wanted to make. They went to the station where we had all ingredients prepped, packaging, and even labels. One of our staple recipes that we always had on rotation was this recipe for Pecan Chicken. The ingredients seem like an odd pairing together. However, trust me it’s delicious.

Pecan Chicken Recipe

After I tried this pecan chicken recipe at work one day I copied down the ingredients and made it for my husband one evening. He absolutely loved it. I then started to entertain with it. Each and every time I made it for a new friend or family member they absolutely LOVED it! Even the pickiest eaters in my family ate it, asked for seconds, and then the recipe.

Pecan Chicken Breast Dinner

When they learned about the ingredients in the chicken breast recipe they were always thrown off. How the heck does dijon mustard and cumin go well together? Then, add in the brown sugar and the sweet and savory just blends so perfectly together!

Pecan Chicken Dinner Recipe

How do you make Pecan Chicken?

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and ground cumin. Mix until well incorporated and set to the side.
  • In another mixing bowl add finely chopped pecans, panko bread crumbs, brown sugar, and olive oil. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken breast on the baking sheet. YES! No dipping and dredging. The toppings only go on the top of the chicken. Spread the mustard mixture over the chicken and then top with the pecan topping.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Carefully, remove from the oven and divide evenly among plates.

Pecan Chicken Easy Dinner Recipe

What do you serve with Pecan Chicken? 

Pecan Chicken Easy Dinner Recipe
This is a great recipe to entertain with, a quick weeknight dinner, or even for a special date night. I’ve served this Pecan Chicken to the pickiest of eaters, and they’ve come back for second and thirds! I promise you this recipe will not disappoint. It’s kid tested and both of my kids loved the chicken and ate it without any dip. Which says a lot when they smother everything they ever eat with a sauce to mask the taste.

Print Recipe

Pecan Chicken

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and ground cumin. Mix until well incorporated and set to the side.
  3. In another mixing bowl add finely chopped pecans, panko bread crumbs, brown sugar, and olive oil. Mix until well incorporated.
  4. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the chicken breast on the baking sheet, and spread mustard mixture over the chicken, then top with the pecan topping.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Carefully, remove from the oven and divide evenly among plates.

Adapted from Super Suppers

   

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3 Responses to “Pecan Chicken”

  1. PenLight posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm (#)

    This recipe is heaven!

  2. Katie posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:38 am (#)

    If you want an easy night in the kitchen this is the best recipe to go to! The sweet and savory pair so well together! My brother in-law who is a "meat and potato" guy had 2 helpings of this when I made it, and I thought he was going to hate it! When ever he hears I'm making it–he always wants an invite over for dinner!

  3. Kristi Halas posted on March 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm (#)

    Made the pecan chicken tonight with a small change – we used curry powder instead of cummin because that was what we had – and it was a huge hit!! Duane couldn't stop raving about it and loved the flavor profiles. He thinks that this is by far the best of the blog recipes that I have cooked thus far.

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