Pecan Chicken with Strawberries and Goat Cheese. An easy but delicious twist on baked chicken.
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Pecan Crusted Chicken with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Pecan Crusted Chicken topped with a warm balsamic strawberry sauce and creamy goat cheese. A quick, healthy, and easy dinner that feels absolutely elegant!

Ingredients

For the Pecan Chicken:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves — (4 ounces each)

For the Strawberries and Goat Cheese:

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries — hulled and quartered (about 12 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Lightly beat the eggs in a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, grind the pecans into fine crumbs. Place in a large, study ziptop bag and add in the bread crumbs, basil, salt, and pepper. Seal top and shake to combine.
  3. Lightly pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness. They need not be very thin—just flatten the middle a bit so that the chicken will bake more evenly. Working one chicken breast at a time, dip the chicken in the egg wash, then place in the ziptop bag and shake to coat with the pecan mixture. Gently press the pecan mixture so that it sticks to the chicken, then lay the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Drizzle with olive oil, then bake until the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While the chicken bakes, prepare the strawberry sauce. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan, then add strawberries, balsamic vinegar, basil, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  5. To serve: Top baked chicken with a spoonful of strawberry sauce, then crumble goat cheese over the top. Enjoy immediately.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Baked Chicken Recipe, Pecan Crusted Chicken with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

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