“I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I love cooking with chicken breast, not only because its a lean source of protein, but mostly due to its versatility. If I’m being honest regular old chicken breast can be pretty boring so I’m always looking for ways to spice it up a bit. When California Walnuts sent me a package of their walnuts to try out in a recipe the idea for this family friendly Walnut-Crusted chicken dish came to be.
This chicken’s not only healthy but it’s delicious too. To get the best flavor possible from the coating, using good quality walnuts like California Walnuts, is key. The walnut coating adds so much flavor and it keeps the chicken tender and juicy while the outside stays nice and crispy. Walnuts are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein and fiber adding one heck of a nutritional boost to the chicken. Unlike many breaded chicken recipes you see at restaurants, this walnut-crusted chicken is baked instead of fried, making it a much healthier option.
From start to finish this dish can be done in just over 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner. You can also coat the chicken ahead of time (like I did while my kids were napping) so all I had to do when it came time for dinner was pop it in the oven. As for sides you can put it on top of (or alongside) a salad or served with roasted veggies, potatoes or some type of grain.
Only a few steps are needed to get this chicken in the oven. First, grind the walnuts in a food processor until they begin to resemble breadcrumbs. Be sure not to over mix as they will start taking on the consistency of nut butter , although still good, may not be the best for this recipe. I find it best to set up an assembly line to prepare the dish. Start with the bowl that has the egg mixture in it, followed by the walnut/panko mixture then a baking dish to place the chicken in. Soak each chicken into the egg whites then place into the crushed walnuts, coating the chicken well. Place the chicken in the baking dish, set it in the oven, and 30 minutes later you have this super simple, healthy and delicious dinner ready
- - 3 skinless, boneless, chicken breast
- - 1 egg white
- - ½ cup panko
- - ½ cup chopped California Walnuts
- - ½ teaspoon cumin
- - Coarse salt and ground pepper
- - 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- In a shallow dish, combine the panko with the cumin. Set aside
- Add walnuts to a food processor and process until they are finely chopped then add to the same dish as the panko.
- Whisk the egg white and Dijon mustard together in a separate shallow dish. Set aside.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper
- Dip each chicken breast into the egg white mixture then the walnut mixture, Be sure to fully coat the chicken.
- Place the chicken in a baking dish and repeat the process for each breast
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.