Traditional chicken dinner gets a modern-day makeover with sliced almonds and orange zest to perk up an old standby. Use the left over orange slices for a refreshing side salad with arugula, fennel and lemon juice.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Ten minutes before you are ready to cook the chicken, put a baking sheet in the oven to pre-heat.

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  • Finely zest the orange and set the zest aside. Cut the top and bottom off of the orange, sit the orange on one end on a cutting board and cut the entire peel and pith off by cutting downward following the shape of the fruit. Then, using a paring knife, remove each section of orange from the membrane. Set the orange sections aside.

  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy. In a large shallow bowl or on a plate, combine the orange zest, almonds, and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Put the flour on a large plate.

  • Remove the pre-heated baking sheet from the oven and spray with cooking spray.

  • Dip the chicken breasts, one at a time, first into the flour, shaking off any excess, then into the egg white, and then coat with the almond mixture and place on the baking sheet. Spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 6 minutes, turn and bake for 6 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is golden.

  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the fennel, arugula and orange sections in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

  • To serve, place one large or two small chicken cutlets on each plate and top with a mound of the salad.

Tips

Created by: Ellie Krieger, cookbook author, “So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week.”

Nutrition Facts

362 calories; 18.8 g total fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 390 mg sodium. 17.1 g carbohydrates; 31.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
This was our first meal to begin a better effort to eat healthier. Gratefully it was really good! The almonds provided a nice crunch to the chicken. The salad was a nice complement to the chicken giving a nice citrus flavor. We gave up on using the fennel but the meal didn't taste like it was missing anything. Even our 2.5 year old enjoyed the chicken. We will be making this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2012
I only made the chicken. It's great that it's healthy but it does need some kind of orange sauce. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
This was our first meal to begin a better effort to eat healthier. Gratefully it was really good! The almonds provided a nice crunch to the chicken. The salad was a nice complement to the chicken giving a nice citrus flavor. We gave up on using the fennel but the meal didn't taste like it was missing anything. Even our 2.5 year old enjoyed the chicken. We will be making this again. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
This was our first meal to begin a better effort to eat healthier. Gratefully it was really good! The almonds provided a nice crunch to the chicken. The salad was a nice complement to the chicken giving a nice citrus flavor. We gave up on using the fennel but the meal didn't taste like it was missing anything. Even our 2.5 year old enjoyed the chicken. We will be making this again. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2011
A nice combination of flavours and textures with the orange and lemon and the crunch of the almonds. I used 3 chicken breasts each sliced in half from the side for 6 portions and baked them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. I used all of the zest and the wedges from a large navel orange but also added some additional orange wedges from a mandarin orange. Makes a nice presentation. Would make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
I selected this recipe because I had a lot of arugula in the fridge. I was hesitant because I don't usually like fennel but followed the recipe exactly and am glad I did. I suggest making more almond/orange zest coating - I ran out after the third breast (although in fairness they were thick breasts). My almond coating burned to the pan so next time I'll try another reviewer's suggestion and use parchment paper. I'm not sure if it made a difference but I marinated the chicken in OJ while I prepared the coating. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2011
I really liked this my family did not like the orange flavor of the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
does anybody think a marmalade glaze would be good on top of this? or maybe like some type of orange-y type chutney? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2011
We loved this recipe! I pounded 4 chicken breast to about 1/2 inch thick. I didn't have enough almond mix so I had to make some more. I used whole almonds and pulsed them in a food processor. We loved the flavors in this. The licorice-y fennel (NOT the herb) sweet orange and spicy arugula went very well together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2011
So good!!!! I suggest buying more almonds. I didnt have fresh fennel so I used dried still good but I''m sure fresh would have been much better. I also added shallots to the salad. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2011
This got mixed reviews in our house. I liked it a lot it was very refreshing and healthy. Husband didn't care for it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2012
I would have given this recipe three stars but my husband really liked it so I've given it four. The orange zest gave the chicken a slightly bitter taste and the salad dressing was a little too lemony for my taste. Maybe with a few modifications it would be better...I feel like the chicken needed a little bit of glaze or something. This recipe is worth a try but not one of my favorites. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2012
I only made the chicken. It's great that it's healthy but it does need some kind of orange sauce. Read More
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