RECIPE: Everything Nutkrack-Crusted Chicken

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RECIPE: Everything Nutkrack-Crusted Chicken

Nutkrack candied pecans aren't your average store-bought candied pecan, which are often coated in sugar. Those pecans might taste good, but they lack the natural pecan flavor. Our pecans are the perfect balance of sweet and salty and they're versatileperfect as a snack, but also a great addition to baked goods and entrees!

This baked chicken recipe features our Everything Seasoned pecans, which form a crispy and savory crust that you'll get to enjoy in every bite. Roast your favorite veggies as a side or serve with a salad and fresh bread!

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup Nutkrack Everything Seasoned pecans
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs (boneless and skinless)
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard
  • Optional sides:
    • Your favorite oven-roasted veggies 
    • Salad
    • Fresh baguette

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400F.
    2. Finely chop Nutkrack. You can use a food processor but do not over pulse or the oil from the pecans will separate and create a soft texture. (4-6 pulses is probably good). We're looking for as dry and crumb-like of a texture as possible. (Some oily-ness is okay!)
    3. On a large plate or shallow bowl, mix chopped Nutkrack and bread crumbs together.
    4. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of chicken breasts or thighs.
    5. Set chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Coat one side of each piece of chicken with honey mustard using a spoon or brush. 
    6. Generously sprinkle chopped Nutkrack pecans over each piece. Lightly press pecans into chicken using a large spoon or your hand.
    7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness of chicken.
    8. Remove from oven and serve with roasted veggies and a fresh baguette!

Recipe developed in the test kitchen of a Nutkrack staff member :)

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