Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breast
"I almost never order a nut-crusted entree in a restaurant, as they often feature a sugary glaze or a too-sweet nut, like pecan or macadamia. That's not an issue here since we're going with buttery, subtly bitter walnuts, held on with a very savory 'nut glue,' made with a garlic and mustard base. This protective layer of deliciousness makes boneless, skinless chicken breast taste like it was just carved off a freshly roasted carcass."
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Ingredients2 h 25 m servings 474
Original recipe yields 4 servings (2 chicken breasts)
- Mix garlic, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, and thyme together in a bowl to make the "nut glue."
- Season chicken breasts generously with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Spread nut glue all over the chicken. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Toss walnuts over the chicken, press down firmly, and repeat on the other side to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Coat the bottom of an oven-proof skillet with some olive oil. Place chicken breasts on top, reserving excess nuts if desired. Season with a pinch of salt and drizzle more olive oil on top.
- Bake in the center of the preheated oven until walnuts are lightly toasted and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a breast reads 150 degrees F (66 degrees C), about 25 minutes.
- Quickly remove chicken to a plate to rest. Transfer skillet to the stovetop; stir in broth, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and honey and bring to a boil over high heat; cook until reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Spoon pan sauce over and around the chicken to serve.
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- Chef's Notes:
- You can prep the chicken hours ahead if you prefer.
- Be careful taking the pan out of the oven and keep the handle covered with a towel or mitt at all times.
- Editor's Note:
- Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of walnut coating. The actual amount of coating consumed will vary.
Per Serving: 474 calories; 34.8 13 30.7 65 523 Full nutrition
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