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.
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.An easy weeknight dinner, pecan chicken comes together quickly and is full of flavor. #dinner #weeknightdinner
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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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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Flatten each piece of chicken to ¼" 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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Christie Campbell says
I have pecans, too. This looks so good. Perfect for dinner or even sliced over crisp greens for a salad.
Ashley Marie Lecker says
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!
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) says
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.
Yum! I love the idea of pecans, honey, and mustard with chicken! Sounds tasty.
Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck says
This really makes me wish B.O.B. Bob was not allergic to pecans. I’ll have to wait until he goes out of town and treat myself!
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.
April Tuell says
Pecans are one of my favorites too! What a great option for those on a gluten free diet.
Liz @ Books n' Cooks says
I bet the honey/mustard/pecan combo is out of this world! Your mom was a smart lady 🙂
That definitely is low maintenance!
Oooh, I’m doing this asap! I love pecans and the fact that this was your mom’s makes it even better!
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~
Yum! The flavors in this chicken sound incredible and so easy to put together. I love that pecan topping. Definitely perfect for autumn.
Wendy Klik says
Oh my, thanks for sharing one of your Mom’s recipes Ellen. That makes it very special.
Wendy Klik says
I still have a freezer full of pecans so this can be on next week’s menu.