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

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Chicken Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Flatten each piece of chicken to 1/4" thickness. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 – 40 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is tender.

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

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  1. Why do I never think of using chopped nuts for breading? And I happen to have an abundance of pecans in the pantry right now. This will be on the menu this week.

  2. Oh, I just made honey mustard baked chicken tonight! I should have added the nuts! Next time! I love my moms recipes- I wish I had more of my grandma’s- It is so nice to have these for memories and carrying on of traditions~

  3. Yum! The flavors in this chicken sound incredible and so easy to put together. I love that pecan topping. Definitely perfect for autumn.

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