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Pecan Chicken

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The coating adds a delightful crunch to ordinary chicken. This pecan chicken dinner has so much flavor and uses only four ingredients. You’ll make it over and over again.

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I have a lot of favorite nuts. One of my favorites to cook with, and the one I use most often, is pecans. I always have pecans in my pantry and freezer.

Many of the recipes on my blog are my Mom’s. She was a great cook.  I found the recipe card for pecan chicken in her collection.

I love looking through her recipes. It makes me feel close to her again.

The flavors here are pretty classic and with only four ingredients – honey, mustard, chicken, and pecans – it comes together quickly. 

Pecan chicken

That’s right, four ingredients and you probably have them in your pantry right now. I often look to my vast collection of cookbooks and recipe boxes (I have 4 between mine and my Moms) for inspiration.

I was feeling bored with recent meals and was happy to find this recipe since I had all the ingredients.

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Finely chopped pecans work best and give great texture to the dish. It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner yet impressive for entertaining. It’s low maintenance once you get it in the baking dish.

You can prepare it ahead and keep in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Serve with roasted vegetables plus a baked sweet potato to complete the meal.

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Try these other chicken recipes:

Fried Chicken Strips

Chicken and Broccoli with Chive Sauce

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

Pecan chicken on a blue plate.

Pecan Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

The coating adds a delightful crunch to ordinary chicken. This pecan chicken dinner has so much flavor and uses only four ingredients. You'll make it over and over again.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Flatten each piece of chicken to ¼" thickness. Set aside.
  3. Combine honey and mustard, mixing well, in a small bowl and spread on both sides of chicken. Dredge chicken in pecans. Arrange in prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is tender.

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Pecan Chicken was originally published on October 4, 2017, updated June 28, 2020.

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Christie Campbell

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I have pecans, too. This looks so good. Perfect for dinner or even sliced over crisp greens for a salad.

Ashley Marie Lecker

Monday 6th of July 2020

Oh my goodness Ellen this looks so amazing! I bet the "breading" is so crispy and delicious. I love pecans, and this is a delicious way to use them!


Sunday 28th of June 2020

I've got a ton of pecans from a few of our events, including pecan meal. This would be the perfect way to use it!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Such a yummy way to change-up chicken dinner! I used to make a similar recipe quite frequently and need to bring it back into rotation.


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Yum! I love the idea of pecans, honey, and mustard with chicken! Sounds tasty.

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