Pecan Crusted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

I’m on the hunt for new chicken recipes. We’ve been eating more poultry than usual lately due to my hubby’s weightlifting diet. While I haven’t joined him in slurping down protein shakes and chowing down on egg whites every morning, I try to keep things interesting for him at dinner by cooking a variety of chicken recipes. His hard work is definitely paying off – his favorite pair of jeans fell off the other day! I’m really proud of him and especially happy that he is now able to give me a bunch of tips in the gym. I’ve been lifting the same way since college and have always wanted to get a personal trainer to teach me some new moves, but now my hubby is knowledgeable enough to customize my workout for me! He helped me modify my squat technique last weekend and I was sore for 3 days. Every step hurt and for once we were both in need of some high-protein chicken!

This is a great chicken dish because it can be thrown together in less than 10 minutes. I just spread a mixture of lemon juice and mustard over the top of the chicken breasts, and then sprinkled a crispy topping of panko, pecans, lemon zest, and thyme on top. It’s super fast and flavorful.

Pecan Crusted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme
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Ingredients:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons mustard
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup panko
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Zest of one lemon, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Heat oven to 350˚F. Mix lemon juice and mustard in a small dish. Place chicken breasts on a cookie sheet and cover evenly with mustard mixture.

Mix panko, pecans, lemon zest, thyme, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over chicken; press down into the mustard mixture. Bake at 350˚F for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 404 calories, 14.4g fat, 2.1g fiber, 57.4g protein per serving
Cost: $1.87 per serving

26 Responses to Pecan Crusted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

  1. Congrats to your husband! I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken, I bet the combination of panko and pecans makes for a great crust.

  2. This looks delicious! I eat a lot of chicken, too, it’s nice to try different things. Your husband is doing a great job of getting in shape! How sweet that he’s helping you with your workout.

  3. Kerstin, this chicken dish sounds fabulous. I love the combo of mustard and pecans. Sounds totally yummy! And congrats to your hubby for keeping up with his workout plan and eating right!! I’m sure it helps to have a fabulous cook to make him delicious meals. And what do you get out of it? Why, your very own personal trainer! :)

  4. Ah, man, I really need to get my butt in gear and quit the midnight (10PM) snacking!

    The chicken looks yummy as do the potatoes and green beans!
    ~ingrid

  5. yay to your husband and his way to a healthier body! with a wife who cooks such amzing healthy foods, how lucky is he! I love the nutty coating of the chicken…very crunchy and delicious!

  6. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Love this recipe. You’ve got the opposite of me. I’m always watching what I eat, and my hubby wants beef, bread, potatoes and butter, no veggies. Many nights I cook two dinners.

  7. This looks delicious! We are always looking for something different to do with chicken here too.

    Your blog is lovely, I’m off to check out more recipes!

  8. Kerstin, that looks so good. I will definitely try that one this week. I made some kind of chicken every week (like a ton of people) and its always nice to switch it up!

    Good luck on the weight lifting too! If you are sore for a few days, something must be working!

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