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Pecan-Crusted Chicken

May/June 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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



READER'S COMMENT:
"I've made this twice now and thought it was delicious each time. I used white pepper and couldn't really taste it, so maybe I'll try the cayenne pepper that was suggested next time. Even so, it was the best chicken I've ever made. By...
Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe

35 Reviews for Pecan-Crusted Chicken

09/02/2009
Anonymous

Decades ago I saved a similar recipe in which you lightly cover (spray nowadays?) the chicken breasts with margarine or butter, then to coat them, roll them in a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs you've mixed in a baggie, and then bake them in a glass baking dish rather than pan fry. The baking dish is securely foil-covered during the baking time except for the two brief times you gently spoon a tablespoon of sherry over each breast. I think your recipe and its ingredients could be adapted to baking for fewer calories, and it would be fun to try a different liquid to enhance the flavors in your mix.

Becky, Palmdale, CA

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09/02/2009
Anonymous

Sorry. Not impressed. I tried this because of all the great reviews, but I had trouble getting the chicken coated and then thought it didn't have much taste except for the heat from the chipotle. The only substitution I made was using Morton salt substitute instead of the real thing.

Julie, Alton, IL

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09/02/2009
Anonymous

Delicious! I usually make Italian-style chicken cutlets using a mixture of bread crumbs & parmesan cheese, and I love this healthier alternative substituting pecans for the cheese and using some different seasonings. Pecans keep well in the freezer so I think I will be making this often. It had a nice nutty flavor & my 3 kids enjoyed it. I didn't have any chipotle so used a mixture of chili powder + cayenne instead. Did not have any spinach for a salad, so for a "southwestern" twist, I came up with a quick corn & bean salad that was SO delicious along with the chicken: one can of black beans, rinsed; one can of corn, rinsed; 3 or 4 fresh plum tomatoes, cored & diced; half of an orange bell pepper & half of a small red onion, both diced; one clove of garlic, minced; lots of chopped fresh cilantro; juice of one lime; salt & pepper to taste. Just mix it all together & serve - looks beautiful with all those colors & is SO yummy and healthy! We also had brown rice on the side b/c my kids love rice. Overall a fast, healthy, tasty meal I was able to whip up after work in about 30 min.!

Christine, Vienna, VA

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09/02/2009
Anonymous

Haven't tried this yet, but will after I buy groceries again! I don't see anything that would keep a diabetic from eating this.... I plan to feed it to my husband who is. Only 7 grams of carbs.... not bad!

Deb Stiles, Rockford, IL

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09/02/2009
Anonymous

This is quick, simple, nutritious and delicious. What more could we ask for? If you can't find ground chipotle pepper near you, check out www.penzeys.com. they sell superior quality spices. A retail store just opened near me---just smelling all those spices is a wonderful treat!

everyday cook, Falls Church, VA

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