Spicy Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Buttery-tasting pecans combine with spicy chipotle and zesty orange to coat chicken with pizzazz. Make it a meal: Enjoy with mashed potatoes and a spinach salad.

Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Active Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
  • 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 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 12 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided

Directions:

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.



Nutrition Information: Per serving: 281 calories; 15 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 29 g protein; 2 g fiber; 429 mg sodium; 376 mg potassium.

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


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Recipe and photo courtesy of EatingWell.com

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