Walnut Crusted Pineapple Chicken

The last part of our trip was spent on the Lithuanian coast in several resort towns by the Baltic Sea. We were there pretty early in the season so it was still a bit chilly at the beach and I just got my feet wet, although Apolinaras actually swam a couple of days!

We spent a lot of time exploring Nida, which has gorgeous sand dunes and a lighthouse that can be spotted from all angles. Apolinaras spent many summers here, so it was really fun to see all his favorite spots.

Another one of the highlights was walking through the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante, which is home to hundreds of wooden sculptures carved by Lithuanian artists.

Many were inspired by folklore and fairy tales and several were interactive.

We felt like kids again and had a blast posing with them all!

We also really enjoyed checking out the Devils’ Museum in Kaunas. One of the most popular customs is the use of art to scare away evil spirits. It’s thought that the devil hates being mocked and leaves when people make fun of him. Therefore many people collect devil sculptures and display them in their homes.

After indulging in traditional Lithuanian dishes like those yummy zeppelins and these fried dumplings stuffed with mushrooms and covered in cheese for the majority of our trip, I was ready for some lighter fare once we arrived in Palanga.

After strolling the grounds of the Amber Museum and the boardwalk, I ordered a crispy pan fried chicken breast topped with grilled pineapple, a berry sauce, and whole walnuts for lunch.

I just loved the flavor combination and was inspired to create something similar after we got home. For my version, I coated the chicken with finely ground walnuts and bread crumbs and topped it with a sauce made from berry preserves and lemon juice for a bit of tang. Then I topped the chicken with chunks of fresh pineapple!

So this ends the recap of our trip to Lithuania.  I’m so happy that we were able to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary exploring Apolinaras’ homeland together!

Walnut Crusted Pineapple Chicken
Printable Recipe

1 cup walnuts, pulsed in the food processor until finely ground
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup flour
4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, pounded flat until 1/2-inch thick
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup of your favorite berry preserves (I used Trader Joe’s reduced sugar blackberry)
Juice of one lemon
1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple

Heat oven to 350˚F. Mix ground walnuts, bread crumbs, and salt in a shallow pan. Put the flour in a shallow dish and lightly dredge both sides of the chicken in the flour. Place the beaten eggs in another shallow dish and dredge both sides of the flour coated chicken in the egg mixture; place chicken in the walnut mixture and coat well on all sides.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick pan and sear two walnut coated chicken breasts on both sides. Repeat with remaining tablespoon of oil and two chicken breasts. Place seared chicken breasts in a 13×9-inch baking dish and bake at 350˚F for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

Make the sauce by mixing berry preserves and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Spoon sauce over cooked chicken and sprinkle chopped pineapple evenly on top. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 386 calories, 23.8g fat, 2.7g fiber, 9.0g protein per serving
Cost: $1.92 per serving

27 Responses to Walnut Crusted Pineapple Chicken

  1. Thanks for this trip to Lithuania!!

    All of the scenery looks lovely & the food as well!

    I am glad that the 2 of you had lots of fun!

    Your walnut pineapple crusted chicken looks divine! Yummmm,..!!!

  2. The beach looks amazing! And I love the looks of that lighthouse..so cool.
    Great job with recreating that meal as well..sounds so flavorful and filling!

  3. Aww Kerstin it’s been so much fun reading about your trip! I feel like I was almost there with you, tasting everything and seeing everything. This chicken looks especially fantastic. I love the berry sauce!

  4. Witches and devils, oh my! What fun Kerstin! They look like totem poles. The pineapple chicken looks excellent! You did a great job recreating it!

  5. I’ve so enjoyed catching up on your gorgeous travel posts!! Your photos are incredible – thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! This chicken also sounds incredible – I LOVE the gorgeous color of the sauce! True food art, indeed!

  6. Wow!! How beautiful…thanks so much for showing all these great photos, I’m gonna have to look back and see what I’ve missed. The chicken sounds pretty delicious, too! What an awesome thing to be able to share with each other!

  7. Your photos are so wonderful that it’s almost – almost – as good as being there myself. It sounds like you had a fabulous trip. I love the chicken recipe as well. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  8. wow, I’m Lithuanian and I was quite amazed getting by accident to this post :) Although I live in Kaunas, still haven’t visited Devil’s museum :>
    and the chicken looks really delicious, can’t wait to give a try..

  9. I love the idea of walnut crusted chicken!

    I was watching Chopped on Food TV and one of the contestants made lentil crusted chicken. Basically it was uncooked lentils, which you put in a blender, or coffee grinder, add a little flour to that, oregano and salt and pepper and that’s your crust. I never would have thought about that before! I still haven’t tried it yet, but now I have 2 new ideas for chicken!

  10. It looks like you guys had so much fun…posing :) I love the pictures.

    Your rendition of the pineapple chicken looks great! The berry-lemon sauce sounds amazing!

  11. Lithuania looks so interesting… I loved these recaps! The hill of witches is especially awesome. You guys definitely look like you had a blast. :)
    Oh and of course the chicken looks great. I love getting inspiration from everywhere and then recreating/reinventing it at home.

  12. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! You guys are so funny with your poses :) I love using fruity sauces for chicken – great idea to use preserves!

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